Arizona does not have a university which offers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, however several colleges offer undergraduate degrees in veterinary medicine and programs in veterinary technology in order to prepare students for graduate school or other careers working with animals. The career path ranges from treating family pets, farm and ranch livestock or zoo animals to researching animals, and their diseases and treatments.

University of Arizona--Tucson

The University of Arizona's Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science. The department says it prepare students for a career in "animal or human health and welfare, biological or biomedical sciences and biotechnology or related fields." Students wanting to practice veterinary medicine can go on to advanced degrees in veterinary medicine. The Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is located at the University of Arizona.

University of Arizona Department of Veterinary Science & Microbiology 1117 E. Lowell St. Tucson AZ 85721 520-621-2355

Arizona State University--Tempe

Arizona State University (ASU) offers a pre-Veterinary Medicine concentration as a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness. Students can go on to veterinary school. "Students in the pre-veterinary concentration have the unique opportunity to take business management courses as part of the program. Financial and administrative skills have been identified as playing a key role in the success of practicing veterinarians, especially those who manage and/or own a veterinary practice," says ASU's website. Students with a degree in Agribusiness could go on to find work managing veterinary hospitals, in human and veterinary pharmaceutical industries, and in other industries associated with the veterinary profession, according to the university.

Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness 7171 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall Mesa, AZ 85212 480-727-1585

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Northern Arizona University--Flagstaff

Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, offers an "Extended Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Health Preprofessional Emphasis" for students planning to go on to graduate school in a number of fields, including veterinary science. The degree is in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Northern Arizona University College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry P.O. Box 5698 Flagstaff, AZ 86011 928-523-3008

Mesa Community College

Mesa Community College, part of the Maricopa Community College system, offers an Associate's degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology/Animal Health. The college says the course is designed to prepare students for careers as veterinary technicians, among other career paths. Students could get practical experience in animal emergencies, large and small animals, zoos, laboratories and humane societies, the college's website said.

Mesa Community College 1833 West Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85202 480-461-7000

Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus 7110 East McKellips Road Mesa, AZ 85207 480-654-7200

Apollo College

Apollo College's campuses in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson, Arizona, offer a veterinary assistant program. Apollo's website says the program educates students in the care of animals under the direction of veterinarians. They will learn how to "treat illness, mend injuries, improve nutrition and increase the happiness and the life expectancy of animals."

Apollo College, Mesa 630 W. Southern Ave. Mesa, AZ 85210

Apollo College, Phoenix 8503 N. 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85051

Apollo College, Tucson 3550 N Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ 85705


Kaplan College--Phoenix

Kaplan College's campus in Phoenix offers an Associate of Occupational Student in Veterinary Technology. The college's website says the program emphasizes "the handling and health care management of a variety of species including--though not limited to--cats, dogs, exotics, lab animals, horses, cattle, small ruminants, and birds."

Kaplan College--Phoenix Campus 13610 North Black Canyon Highway, Suite 104 Phoenix, AZ 85029 602-548-1955

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