In the US, the numbers of new veterinary graduates will increase by 3% this year. In total, 2,563 DVMs were set to be awarded this year, compared to 2,490 last year.
The Ohio State University (OSU) is the winner, awarding the most DVM degrees — 141 to be exact. Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has 132 students in its 2010 graduating class.
The University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will turn out 128 new veterinarians, and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences boasts of a class size of 125. Both schools increased their number of graduates from 118 in 2009.
Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine had the smallest class size of 49 graduates, and Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine will bestow 58 DVM diplomas. Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine will graduate 54 DVMs and increased its class size by 9 for 2010.
Data on what kinds of work this year's new graduates will pursue in the veterinary profession is not yet available, and OSU spokeswoman Melissa Weber says the college does not track its graduates' post-college career paths. But the trend of a female majority continues, she notes, as OSU's 2010 class consisted of 27 men and 114 women
Source: DVM magazine