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MSU vet tech program ranked nationally

Best-Vet-embed.pngMorehead State University has been ranked the #15 Best Veterinary Degree in the country.

The ranking from College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, is available at

MSU’s Veterinary Technology Program offers students numerous hands-on learning opportunities at the Small Animal Clinic at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex. Students can choose between an associate or bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology, depending on their career goals. Students in the vet tech programs develop their skills on a wide variety of animals and take courses which contribute to their understanding of animal care and nursing. Clinical training involves actual animal patients and is completed at the MSU Veterinary Technology Small Animal Teaching Hospital, Equine Health and Education Center and farm areas of the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.

“There are well over 200 vet tech programs in the U.S. so to be placed in the top 15 programs in the country is quite an honor,” said Dr. Philip Prater, professor of veterinary technology at MSU. “I would attribute any success that we have here to our outstanding faculty and our outstanding clinical facilities that allow a tremendous hands-on experience for our students.” 

Prater added that both the associate and bachelor’s degree programs boast a near 100 percent job placement rate, with most new graduates receiving three to five job offers.

According to College Choice, the ranking is based on institutional reputation, graduation rates, selectivity, and faculty resources. The data from their ranking comes from the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS database, U.S.News & World Report, Payscale and individual college websites.

In its description of Morehead, College Choice noted, “Morehead State University is more than equipped to give you the highest caliber of education. Between the MSU Veterinary Technology Small Animal Teaching Hospital, the Equine Health and Education Center, and the Derrickson Agricultural Complex, you’ll learn from doing.”

For more information about veterinary technology programs at Morehead State, visit