How much does it cost to attend veterinary school?

How much does it cost to attend veterinary school?
January 24, 2017 (published) | March 15, 2017 (revised)
Alejandro Garcia

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First, consider the cost of your undergraduate education. Veterinary school costs vary depending upon whether you attend a private or a public school and whether you have residence in that state. Like all higher education costs, the cost of veterinary school has risen many times above the increases in the costs of living over the past three decades.

For those entering veterinary school in the US in the fall of 2018, the estimated total cost of attendance (tuition+fees+ average living expenses), for four years ranges from $148,807 to $407,983. Your cost will depend on your state of residency or choice to pursue a private veterinary school education. You can compare costs at schools you’re considering, by visiting

While scholarships can help, most veterinary students finance their education through loans. If you have student loans, accrued interest while in school will further increase the total cost of attendance.

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