To become a veterinarian, whether for domestic or agricultural animals, you'll need to study veterinary medicine just as a doctor would for traditional medicine. Many Christian colleges across the country provide students with pre-veterinary programs to begin their training and education to be continued at a secular school for their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
The table below lists the tuition and denomination of some Christian colleges that offer pre-veterinary programs. For a more in-depth look at each of the schools, continue reading.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||In-State Tuition (2019-2020)*|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$36,120|
|Houghton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Wesleyan||Houghton, NY||$33,458|
|Evangel University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Springfield, MO||$24,327|
|Roberts Wesleyan College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Free Methodist||Rochester, NY||$32,494|
|Christian Brothers University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Memphis, TN||$33,840|
|Gordon College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Wenham, MA||$38,650|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Pre-Veterinary Programs at Christian Colleges
In 2018, the NCES states that the United States has only about 30 veterinary medicine programs. For those who are seeking a veterinary school with a Christian college, you should plan to focus on a pre-veterinary program first, as this is what is most often offered.
Messiah College can help you get ready for the oncoming 4-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at another institution. This pre-veterinary medicine program focuses on the basic science courses and requirements you will need to succeed in your graduate work. Messiah has a pre-health advising committee, where an advisor will work closely with each student to guide them toward a major that will focus most courses toward continuing in their desired health program. Messiah also has a faith-based extracurricular program called The Loft, which gives students the chance to be active in Bible study, faith-based activities and team-building challenges.
With a student to teacher ratio of 11:1, this small, rural college of 988 students in 2018, according to the NCES, is a different setting from large city colleges. Every morning there is a daily prayer offered in the Marjorie Payne Prayer Chapel, and communion is provided in various locations around campus for the ease of students' schedules. There are also student-led groups for Bible study, visiting homes and mentoring. Houghton emphasizes getting a well-rounded education in your bachelor's degree, while guiding you toward a degree that will benefit you in veterinary medical school. Most students focus their bachelor's degree on biology, or another science that begins with basic chemistry and biology education. Houghton also guarantees that these courses include a hands-on lab taught by a professor and not an assistant.
Evangel University has a biology major with a pre-veterinary track. This program focuses on the courses that will prepare you for a DVM program at a veterinary school. Some of these courses include zoology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, marine biology, and histology. Along with pre-vet courses, Evangel incorporates Christian values into your studies with core courses in Christian stewardship, Pentecost theology, Old Testament literature and essential Christianity. Evangel also has a student run organization on campus, called Crosswalk Student Ministries, that includes Bible studies, children's ministries, missions trips, and other missionary opportunities to help with abused children, victims of human trafficking, and even retirement communities. They also take part in activities at soup kitchens and community centers and have impact teams that allow students to minister at churches throughout the country during school breaks by using creative outlets, such as dance, rap, and step.
Roberts Wesleyan College
Located in Rochester, NY, Roberts Wesleyan College is a liberal arts school. As with the other schools on this list, Roberts prepares students for furthering their professional degree with a related bachelor's program. Some of the related majors suggested are medical technology, exercise science, biochemistry, biology and biochemistry. Of the currently enrolled undergraduate students, 99% receive some kind of scholarship or grant. Roberts takes part in Christian missions in Ireland, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, as well as Habitat for Humanity projects in America, which can allow you the chance to immerse yourself in helping a community.
Christian Brothers University
CBU has looked at a very specific veterinary school, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and based its pre-vet program around that school's requirements for entry. You should expect to have at least 36 credit hours in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, genetics, biochemistry and cellular biology. To help with education costs, 100% of current undergraduate students receive scholarships or grants. As a Roman Catholic college, CBU has a strong on-campus ministry presence, with masses, a Catholic Student Association, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a food pantry for the community, faculty, and students.
As an interdenominational Christian college, Gordon College focuses its services and outreach on Christian teachings, rather than any specific religious tradition. The school has services twice a week and a late-night worship on Sundays called Catacombs. Gordon's pre-vet program is combined with its pre-med and pre-dentistry programs. Along with the typical science courses, there are four health profession seminar courses to take throughout your program. In these seminars, students will meet with roughly 25 medical professionals, learn about the ethics in the various health professions and ask questions that they may have about their chosen field.