PRE-VETERINARY

Overview

For those interested in veterinary medicine, Dordt College is a great place to combine hands-on experience with excellent classroom instruction from a thoughtful Christian perspective that values protecting the health and welfare of people and animals.

At Dordt students are challenged to tackle all issues from a Christian point of view. They discuss topics such as stewardship, agricultural policy, environmental health, rural community vitality, and animal welfare. Our view of agriculture rests firmly on our understanding that “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1).

Opportunities in animal husbandry abound in Sioux County, which leads the state in total livestock production. Iowa is #1 in the nation in egg and hog production, and Dordt College is located in Iowa’s #1 county for numbers of cattle and poultry layers. Sioux County farmers market roughly 438,000 cattle and three million hogs annually. They also rank high in dairy and sheep production.

Students enrolled in animal science courses at Dordt not only see large animal (livestock) veterinary care but also small animal (pet) care.

“Dordt offers a well-respected pre-vet program in the heart of a diverse agricultural region,” says Dr. Duane Bajema, pre-veterinary program advisor. “That gives you many opportunities to grow and develop professionally.”