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Degree Overview

Study and provide care for animals of all shapes and sizes.

Our students are accepted to top veterinary schools across the country. At Calvin, you’ll gain the academic knowledge, clinical experience, and personal confidence to succeed in veterinary school and your career.

Take classes in Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Biology, and Comparative Animal and Human Physiology. Then put it all to practice, whether with exotic animals at the John Ball Zoo, with farm animals at Kritter barn, or or with horses at the Equest Center for therapeutic riding.

Whether you pursue anesthesia, animal welfare, wildlife and conservation, or private practice, you’ll enrich lives by caring for the animals in your community.

Degree Information

  • Overview

    To prepare for acceptance to veterinary school, you will need to take a series of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. You can choose any major, but many pre-veterinary students choose the BS in Biology program. As part of the pre-veterinary program at Calvin, you will also meet with a faculty advisor to help you stay on track with your career plans.

    Related classes at Calvin

    Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Comparative Animal and Human Physiology, Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Genetics, and Biochemistry

    More options

    This program is part of a family of health science programs, many of which share a common course foundation. To learn about other options in the health sciences, see the Health Sciences page.

    Education after Calvin

    Complete your degree and go on to attend a school of veterinary medicine for four years.

    Veterinary schools

    Calvin grads have attended excellent veterinary schools like Michigan State University, Kansas State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Edinburgh.

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