I know I'm kind of biased — and maybe a tad too proud — but I'm thrilled that my alma mater made it into U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of the top ten veterinary schools in the U.S. (yet again). We've rated number one in the past and currently hold only number five, but we're definitely in the thick of it.

Here's what DVM Newsmagazine recently had to offer on the subject:

Know someone who's searching for the right veterinary school? Ithaca, N.Y., may be the place to start according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools." The report gathered surveys sent to deans, administrators, and faculty members at schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine came out on top.

In the end, eleven schools earned a place among the top ten this year. Here's the list:

1. Cornell University

2. University of California - Davis

3. Colorado State University

3. North Carolina State University

5. (tie) Ohio State University

5. (tie) University of Pennsylvania

5. (tie) University of Wisconsin - Madison

8. Texas A & M University – College Station

9. (tie) Michigan State University

9. (tie) University of Georgia

9. (tie) University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

I'd like to tell you that this ranking means your Cornell alumnus vet is better than the Tuskegee vet down the street, but here's one apropos quip to consider when thinking along those lines:

What do you call the veterinarian who graduated in the bottom of his/her class at the top ranked vet school in the country? "Doctor" ... but only just barely. Give me the motivated Tuskegee doc any day!

Dr. Patty Khuly

Pic of the day: The Puppy Graduate by geckoam