Dordt pre-veterinary graduates have earned the respect of faculty in schools across the U.S. and Canada. They include Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, and Kansas State University, where nearly 100 percent of those who complete our program and apply are accepted.

Most graduates of our program have been admitted to the vet school of their choice. The associate dean for Iowa State University’s pre-vet program says, “We have been pleased with the quality and background of the pre-veterinary students who attend Dordt College. Their knowledge and experience in agricultural and biological-based sciences is evident.”

The demand for properly trained veterinarians is high, particularly for large animal practitioners. While most veterinarians choose to work in private practice, others protect food safety or conduct research in public health departments, the military, regulatory agencies, and zoos.

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Holly De Vries graduated from Dordt College in 2000 with a major in animal science and a pre-veterinary emphasis. Upon graduation from Iowa State University, she was hired as an associate veterinarian at Central Vet Clinic in Sioux Center. She works primarily with dairies, her area of choice.

De Vries says she received a well-rounded education at Dordt, taking classes such as personal finance, theology, and communication while also completing all the basic vet school requirements. “When I arrived at vet school I was ready for the veterinary curriculum.”