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Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program

About the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program

If you have a love for animals and want to make a career out of caring for them, Cedarville University’s Pre-Veterinary Medicine program will equip you with the academic, personal, and spiritual qualities that are needed in the demanding profession of veterinary medicine. As a pre-vet student at Cedarville, you will learn and grow in a supportive community of peers and faculty members. Through labs and hands-on learning experiences, you will graduate competent and well-prepared to enter veterinary school.

Pre-veterinary students typically enroll in the Bachelor of Science in biology program because it provides a broad biological background accompanied by biblical integration. While pursuing a B.S. in biology degree, you will complete a set of core courses that fulfills the entry requirements of most U.S. veterinary schools and prepares you for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE is a standardized exam that is required by most veterinary schools as part of the application process.

Why Study Pre-Vet at Cedarville?

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program Highlights

Academic Rigor — As a pre-vet student at Cedarville, you will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum of core biology and chemistry courses, as well as a variety of upper-level electives, including:

  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Ecophysiology
  • Parasitology and Invertebrate Zoology
  • Agricultural Science.

Biblical Integration — At Cedarville, all of your courses will be taught from a Christian worldview and grounded in scriptural truth. You will earn a minor in Bible along with your B.S. in biology degree.

Hands-on Learning — Your study of animal anatomy will be enhanced through laboratory dissections, research, and on-farm livestock experience. You will also have shadowing and internship opportunities from a number of local veterinary practices with expertise in both small and large animal medicine.

Research Opportunities — The B.S. in biology program incorporates valuable research experience working with a faculty member (5:1 student-to-faculty ratio) over the course of at least one semester on a research topic within the faculty member’s field of expertise.

What Can I Do With Pre-Veterinary?

Most pre-vet students are preparing for veterinary school. However, with this concentration you could also apply for technician and assistant positions with an undergraduate degree. Graduates from the pre-veterinary program at Cedarville University have been accepted to some top veterinary schools, including:

  • Iowa State University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Midwestern University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Purdue University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Epsilon Kappa Mu — Cedarville’s pre-vet student organization, Epsilon Kappa Mu (EKM), creates a supportive community for Cedarville pre-vet students. The club regularly organizes volunteer opportunities with local partners, such as the Humane Society, 4 Paws for Ability (service dog organization), and the local animal shelter. EKM seeks ways to engage students in volunteer experiences, workshops, and networking opportunities. The student-led EKM will also encourage you as a pre-vet student in your pursuit of a veterinary profession and provide assistance as you prepare to transition to veterinary school.

Large and Small Animal Experience — One of the program professors, Dr. Bob Paris, welcomes pre-vet students to gain experience on his farm working with large-animal livestock. You will gain experience in the area of general livestock handling, as well as various aspects of routine healthcare. These opportunities are available within a five-minute drive of campus. In addition to the large and small animals on Dr. Paris’ farm, you will have opportunities to intern with or shadow one of the many local veterinarians specializing in small-animal medicine. Similar experiences are also available for those students interested in working with veterinarians specializing in large-animal medicine.

Christian Veterinary Mission — You may choose to participate with CVM, a global organization that seeks to equip and encourage students and professionals in the veterinary profession. CVM’s mission is to challenge, empower, and facilitate veterinary professionals to serve others by living out their Christian faith. They offer missions trips across the globe, where veterinarians and students have the opportunity to increase veterinary skills, serve others, and share the Gospel. Cedarville University’s Epsilon Kappa Mu hosts the local chapter of CVM’s Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF), and enjoys a close relationship with CVM’s Midwestern representative, Curtis Gibbs.

Community Outreach Teams — Pre-vet students are encouraged to develop attitudes of service. There are numerous community outreach opportunities at Cedarville, some with a pre-vet focus.

Why Study Biology at Cedarville?

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Hands-On Experiences

You will have hands-on experience at a local farm caring for large and small animals.

Program Faculty

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Michael Mendel, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

  • Location ENS 230 E
  • Phone 937-766-7991
  • Email Email
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Bob Paris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Location ENS 275
  • Phone 937-766-7945
  • Email Email

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program

Building on the liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a set of core courses that will meet veterinary school requirements and help prepare you for the GRE. This core includes one semester of zoology, botany, ecology, biochemistry, and math and two semesters of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Additionally, pre-vet students majoring in biology take several upper-level science courses.

4-year Course Schedule [PDF]

Sample courses:
  • Agricultural Science 
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ecophysiology
  • Immunology
  • Micobiology
  • Parasitology and Invertebrate Biology
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