For students in North Carolina interested in working with animals, a degree in veterinary science is the first step towards achieving your professional goals. Veterinarians diagnose medical issues, conduct ongoing check-ups, and monitor weight gain and growth to assess overall health. It is common for students interested in a career as a veterinarian to pursue a bachelor’s degree before applying to master’s programs that provide in-person residency and preparation for state licensing.
In North Carolina alone, there are 2,000-7,000 employed veterinarians that work at animal hospitals and private practices, so opportunities in the field are abundant. In urban areas like Raleigh and Greensboro, there are many vet clinics due to the abundance of pets in the area.
Students typically earn their degree in veterinary science in person, and most programs require lab time and internships to further students’ observation and hands-on practice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that veterinarians in North Carolina can gross up to $150,000 annually.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers 3 Veterinary Science degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 116 Veterinary Science students graduated with students earning 112 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC||20 : 1||36,042|
|Alamance Community College Graham, NC||36 : 1||4,037|
|Central Carolina Community College Sanford, NC||30 : 1||5,154|
|Gaston College Dallas, NC||38 : 1||5,345|
|Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC||40 : 1||6,601|