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School of Veterinary Medicine leads UC Davis' top-10 showing in U.S. News rankings

March 18, 2011

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March 18, 2011

Vet Med leads UC Davis' top-10 showing in U.S. News rankings

By Dateline staff

UC Davis has been recognized once again for its outstanding graduate and professional schools and programs. Our School of Veterinary Medicine continued its No. 2 ranking in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s new report on U.S. graduate schools and programs. And the university scored a fifth-place ranking for biological-agricultural engineering.

These top-10 rankings join others that the magazine reported previously: third-place for ecology-evolutionary biology and 10th-place for sex-gender studies, a specialty of sociology. U.S. News & World Report released the new “2012” rankings on March 15. In addition to the top 10 list, many of the campus’s schools and programs also showed significant increases in their rankings.

The Graduate School of Management’s full-time Master of Business Administration program jumped 14 places, to its best ever ranking of 28th. No other business school showed a bigger gain.

The School of Law took what the magazine described as “a significant leap” from 28th to a tie for 23rd, out of 190 accredited schools. It was also ranked among the top 25 law schools nationally for diversity.

The School of Medicine moved from 47th to a tie for 42nd among research medical schools.

The College of Engineering's top-20 rankings included environmental-environmental health engineering, 14th (tie); civil engineering, 16th (tie); as well as biological-agricultural engineering, fifth.

“The new rankings are only one measure of the overall excellence of our academic programs at UC Davis, but I believe they are a good indicator of our commitment to graduate education, which are among our many strengths,” Chancellor Katehi said. “As we make continued progress on our Vision of Excellence, I am quite confident that these top-flight programs will continue to earn the recognition and reputation they deserve.”

The magazine’s “2012” report also includes rankings for the sciences, social sciences and humanities and fine arts — all of which have been reported previously and have not been updated.

About the school: The only veterinary school in the University of California system, the School of Veterinary Medicine conducts teaching, research and service programs to benefit animal health, public health and environmental health. The school has 524 students currently enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program as well as graduate students in master's and doctoral programs. Faculty members based at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital treat more than 32,000 animal patients each year while teaching essential clinical skills to veterinary students and providing advanced training to residents in the largest specialty residency program in the nation. Faculty researchers also develop new knowledge in more than 30 centers and units of the school based in Davis, Tulare, San Diego and other locations.