American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges’ 2020-2021 Annual Data Report Published

Jeff Douglas or Jeanne Johnson
Phone: 202/371-9195, x144
Email: or

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 17, 2021 — The number of underrepresented students in veterinary medicine (22.2 percent) is higher than ever before and total enrollment grew by three percent over the year before. Those are just two of the highlights gleaned from the AAVMC’s 2021 Annual Data Report, now available on the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges’ (AAVMC) website.

Constructed from the vast datasets collected during the annual Comparative Data Report (CDR) project, the ADR provides the public with a comprehensive statistical portrait of the world of academic veterinary medicine.

Other highlights from this year include:

  • Tuition for non-resident students remained steady; tuition for residents increased by 3.7%.
  • The percentage of DVM students graduating with zero debt declined by 1%.
  • The percentage of men enrolled in DVM programs remained steady, though the percentage of men applying continues to decline. 
  • On average, tuition makes up 18.7% of a CVM revenue, while spending on teaching, academic and student supports expend 23.9% of the budget. 

Data is available on enrollment, diversity, applicants, tuition and debt, personnel, budget, and other areas.

The report is produced on a dynamic, interactive software platform that enables users to explore information based upon specific areas of interest in academic veterinary medicine.

The empirical data supports research studies, scholarly examinations, general inquiries and presents useful information for the media and the public.

For more information about the program, please contact Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity Dr. Lisa Greenhill at 202-371-9195 (ext. 147) or or Associate Director for Institutional Research and Diversity Kendall Young at 202-371-9195 (ext. 180) or


The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.

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