CAFSNR Prepares Students for Vet School and Careers

Vet Tech Colleges recently named NDSU one of the top 10 universities for pre-veterinary work. In the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, students can complete their pre-vet coursework in Microbiological Sciences or Animal Sciences.

“NDSU prepared me for veterinary school (at Iowa State) by providing a strong, broad education in both animal science and the typical pre-veterinary course studies,” says Beth Carlson, deputy state veterinarian. “It also provided opportunities for involvement and leadership roles in activities such as the Judging Club, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Pre-Veterinary Club and Honor Commission.”

Tyrone Klein works with large and small animals at Missouri Valley Vet in Bismarck and Mandan. After completing his Animal Sciences degree, he was an NDSU beef herdsman for four years, then completed additional pre-vet classes and was selected for the program that accepts North Dakota students into the Kansas State vet school at in-state tuition.

“Being on the NDSU livestock judging team helps with my everyday decision making,” Klein says. “Now as a vet, I can walk into a situation, make a decision and communicate the reasons why I chose what I did.”

Sen. Robert Erbele of Lehr serves on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council.

“WICHE and all PSEP (Professional Student Exchange Program) programs are important to our NDSU students because of the very competitive nature of admissions into vet school,” Erbele says. “It gives our students a position for acceptance to schools that could probably fill their slots with their own resident students.

“Our students born and raised here are more apt to return to North Dakota and become long-term residents of our communities,” he adds. “Plus, our students are great ambassadors for our state and impress the receiving universities with their work ethic and life skills that they bring to the veterinarian profession.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: David Buchanan, 701-231-7426,

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