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Morehead State's Veterinary Technology Program Ranked Top in State, #8 in Nation

Best Colleges SealMorehead State's veterinary technology bachelor's degree program has been named the top program in the state and #8 in the nation by, a resource website for those considering attending college.

Each year, the BestColleges Ranking Team evaluates hundreds of programs to produce our annual Best bachelor's in Veterinary Technician ranking. In 2022, the team sourced the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. Each school is ranked based on a formula measuring academic factors (60%) and affordability (40%).

"I am so proud and honored to be a part of this program for the past 25 years. Many of the schools ranked ahead of us are major, land-grant universities with massive resources," said Dr. Philip Prater, Professor of Veterinary Technology. "Our MSU program maintains incredible integrity, success in retention and graduation, and boasts of a nearly 100% employment rate; all this without the unlimited resources of the larger schools. This is truly an outstanding accomplishment."

Dr. Ken Andries, chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, says the ranking proves the commitment of MSU's faculty.

"These achievements would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of all the faculty and staff in the program. They continue to attract qualified students to the program, which has helped to build the program and the success it is seeing," Andries said.

Prater said the greatest metric for measuring the program's success is its graduates' success.

"MSU Veterinary Technology graduates can be found in almost every corner of the U.S. They not only perform well in private practice situations, but many of them hold supervisory positions in industry, diagnostic laboratories, colleges of veterinary medicine, and government regulatory practice," he said. "Most notable is the fact that many MSU Vet Tech grads are now faculty in other veterinary technology programs around the country, paying it forward for the exceptional education that they received at Morehead State University."

Last year, the vet tech program achieved a 100% passage rate on the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE), a required test to obtain a veterinary technology license.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that vet tech jobs will grow by 15% from 2020-2030.

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