Pre-Veterinary

The DBU Pre-Veterinary Program equips students for Veterinaryschool in a variety of ways:

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Determining Your Calling to Veterinary School

Let us come alongside you as you determine God’s unique calling to be a veterinarian. Visit with professors and advisors to determine if veterinarian school is something you are being called to and what specialty might interest you.

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Preparing You Academically for Veterinary School

Establish the foundation needed to be successful in veterinary school and beyond. Through pre-veterinary classes, whether studying biology or breaking down chemicals, students will leave DBU equipped with skills needed for veterinary school.

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Preparing You Personally and Professionally for Veterinary School

Invest in connection with students on similar career paths through our student organizations or through service opportunities. Gain real-world experience through internships and shadowing opportunities that help enhance your learning.

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Preparing You for Veterinary School Admissions

Take advantage of the connections that DBU offers through their partnership with Kaplan, a test preparatory program, to prepare you to take the GRE. Students will receive personalized guidance from the pre-vet advisor to help them make decisions such as where to go to veterinary school or how to tailor their resume for admission.

DBU Pre-Veterinary Advisor

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Office: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
curtis@dbu.edu 
214-333-5302

Dr. Curtis Lee

Professor of Biology

Dr. Lee has been teaching at Dallas Baptist University for the past twenty-four years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, his Master of Agriculture from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Structural and Cell Biology from the University of South Dakota. He has worked with students in many areas of health care which equips him to answer a variety of questions and give sound advice. As an advisor for the Pre-Veterinary students, Dr. Lee enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with his students and guide them in their undergraduate program toward admission to professional school. Dr. Lee has an interest in the areas of Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, and Embryology. He enjoys teaching and mentoring his students throughout their time at DBU.

Pre-Veterinary Concentration

Many pre-veterinary students choose to major in Biology, but there are a variety of majors open to pre-veterinary students, as veterinary schools value a diversity of majors. Because of this, we encourage students to meet early on with their pre-veterinary advisor and discuss a major that works for them. Explore some of the potential degree plans or discuss further options with your advisor.

You can also visit the course catalog.

Through the Pre-Vet program at Dallas Baptist University, students have the opportunity to gain practical experiences through both for credit and not for credit internship and observation experiences. These experiential learning opportunities are critical to the development of skills needed for veterinary school and a career beyond.

internships

Students have the opportunity to meet individually with their advisor to discuss potential locations that play to a student’s interest. Through internships, students are able to gain firsthand experience in a comfortable environment that allows them to learn and grow in their field.

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Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a National Biological Honor Society. It is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological science and promoting scientific research.

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The Dr. Herb Robbins Undergraduate Research Symposium gives students a platform to present scientific research they have done as well as an opportunity for students to learn about new scientific discoveries and the importance of summer research programs.

For those who have a passion for animals and a desire to relieve their suffering from trauma or terminal illness, veterinary medicine might be for you. As you determine what you might be called to, DBU advisors and professors want to come alongside you to help you make an informed decision to choose what is right for you. Whether you feel called to help domestic animals, wildlife, farm animals, or aquatic animals, DBU’s Pre-Veterinary program will equip you with the tools you need to be successful. As you determine what your future in the veterinary field may look like, there are a few things that you should consider.

  • God’s calling on your life
  • Do your strengths match veterinary school requirements
  • Do your short and long term goals match up with going to veterinary school
  • What makes you interested in veterinary school
  • Are you prepared for the investment, both time and money, that veterinary school is
Student preparing a resume

With the growing competitive nature of veterinary school applications, it would be wise for students to focus on building their resumes while in undergrad. Students will have the opportunity to meet with the Pre-Vet advisor to help discuss opportunities to build up their resumes as they study.

Veterinary student in a white coat

While veterinary schools do not require a certain major, but rather value the diversity of majors, they do have certain criteria they focus on. As you pursue your undergraduate degree, it would be wise to focus on building tools to prepare you for veterinary school. Veterinary school applications often focus on the following components:

  • Academic Record
  • GRE Score
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interviews

The Pre-Vet program at Dallas Baptist University provides a unique experience to prepare for veterinary school in a Christian environment. As students learn about the biology behind the functions and composition of animals, they are also learning how to connect their faith to their profession. The Pre-Vet program is designed to train students to meet the needs of animals of all different kinds while also growing in their faith. Education at DBU provides the opportunity to meet with professors and advisors for advice about post-graduate work or other life decisions. Whether it is giving advice about veterinary schools, internships, research, or other opportunities, the professors and advisors at DBU are here to help.