Placement Opportunities

Students graduating with a DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine have a strong history of finding employment or furthering their education after completing their studies at Iowa State University.

For the most recent classes surveyed the following information is available from surveys conducted six months after graduation.

For questions or a PDF of this report please contact assessmentcvm@iastate.edu.


Within 6 months of graduation

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Source: OASA/Assessment Placement Survey

2017 Employment

2017 employment graph
 

Employed (93%)

 

Not Employed (7%)
 

2016 Employment

2016 employment graph
 

Employed (98%)

 

Not Employed (2%)
 

2015 Employment

2015 employment graph
 

Employed (87%)

 

Not Employed (13%)
 

2014 Employment

2014 employment graph
 

Employed (91%)

 

Not Employed (9%)
 

map marker iconClinical Practice Salary by Location

Data represent student's salary reported regarding their first job in the field. Values rounded to the nearest hundred.
For breakdown by practice type please see tables below.
Source: AVMA Senior Survey

2017 Clinical Practice Salary Map

2017 Clinical Practice Salary by Location Map
 

2016 Clinical Practice Salary Map

2016 Clinical Practice Salary by Location Map
 

2015 Clinical Practice Salary Map

2015 Clinical Practice Salary by Location Map
 

2014 Clinical Practice Salary Map

2014 Clinical Practice Salary by Location Map



One year post-graduation

salary iconSalary

First job - data include both full and part-time employment
Source: Alumni Survey, one year post graduation

Private Practice Salary clinic icon

Year Min Median Max
2014 $40,000 $65,000 $80,000
2015 $55,000 $65,000 $91,000
2016 $30,000 $69,000 $112,000
2017 $45,000 $70,000 $136,000

Advanced Training Salary advanced medical training

Year Min Median Max
2014 $32,000 $50,000 $65,000
2015 $26,500 $32,000 $75,000
2016 $30,000 $32,500 $80,000
2017 $30,000 $37,000 $95,000

Mixed Animal Salary cat and cow

Year Min Median Max
2014 $50,000 $65,000 $80,000
2015 $55,000 $65,000 $78,000
2016 $57,000 $60,000 $72,000
2017 $60,000 $67,500 $80,000

Food Animal Salary

Year Min Median Max
2014 $65,000 $70,000 $75,000
2015 $68,000 $73,000 $80,000
2016 $60,000 $72,500 $112,000
2017 $67,000 $71,000 $77,000

Small Animal Salary dog

Year Min Median Max
2014 $40,000 $62,500 $80,000
2015 $34,000 $65,000 $91,000
2016 $30,000 $66,200 $85,000
2017 $58,000 $74,750 $100,000

 

timeAverage Hours Worked

Data represent student's hours as reported regarding their first job in the field. Students going on to advanced training are not represented.
Source: Alumni Survey, one year post graduation

average hours worked

 

20-29 hours

 

30-39 hours

 

40-49 hours

 

50-59 hours

 

60-69 hours

 

70 or more hours

Average Hours Worked 2014 2015 2016 2017
20 - 29 hours 8% 0% 0% 0%
30 - 39 hours 0% 2% 18% 8%
40 - 49 hours 36% 54% 36% 33%
50 - 59 hours 33% 33% 32% 33%
60 - 69 hours 23% 9% 9% 13%
70 or more hours 0% 2% 5% 13%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100%