Kansas State University earns No. 4 spot in ranking of top veterinary schools
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Kansas State University veterinary students prep for a surgery aboard the College of Veterinary Medicine's Mobile Surgery Unit, which provides free veterinary services to regional animal shelters. The veterinary college has been ranked among the top five in the nation by College Magazine. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — A national publication produced by students for students has recently placed the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the upper half of a list of the top 10 veterinary colleges in the United States.
Citing what it calls an "I Kan(sas)" attitude toward solving problems, College Magazine lists several factors to support a No. 4 ranking for Kansas State University among U.S. veterinary colleges, including a high standard of excellence in patient care and scientific discovery in the area of infectious diseases. Further emphasis was placed on the university's large animal expertise, impact on the cattle industry, learning objectives, student proficiency and the ability to identify and treat diseases.
College Magazine specifically named the College of Veterinary Medicine'sCenter of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, the Rabies Laboratory and the Center for Epithelial Research as standouts in the program.
"We are honored to be ranked among these exceptional peer institutions and universities," said Bonnie Rush, interim dean of the college. "It is gratifying to be recognized for areas we have identified as our own strategic priorities: exceptional teaching, impactful research, outstanding service and extraordinary graduates."
Second-year veterinary student Maggie Massey, Butler, Missouri, was quoted by the magazine for expressing her appreciation of the large animal faculty, citing Kansas State University instructors raise students to a "different level" to groom them to be industry leaders.
College Magazine's ranking methodology is based on a variety of factors, such as data from the National Center for Education Statistics, news articles, university websites, course catalogs and student statements. The site also considers scholarship opportunities and noteworthy initiatives, and then applies a formal list of criterion scored on a 1-5 scale, with the lowest scores placing schools on top.