Prepare for veterinary school at a college that values respect and stewardship of the natural world — it's what our Franciscan heritage is all about!
Explore and perform research on the nation's largest urban tallgrass prairie, located in our own backyard; or embark on learning trips that have included South Dakota's Black Hills, the West Texas desert, the Southern California chaparral, Ozark forests, Hawaiaan islands and the Costa Rican jungle. Gain hands-on experience inside one of the region's only educational cadaver labs, or work with some of the most state-of-the-art biology equipment that any undergraduate school our size has to offer.
Here, you'll study under some of the most accomplished faculty in the region (and with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be a name — not a number). Our graduates have gone on to study at veterinary schools including Iowa State University, Kansas State University and the University of Minnesota, among others.
We recommend our pre-veterinary students select one (or more) of the following majors:
How does life work? Biochemistry helps find the answer, which means it's a great launching point for a career in veterinary medicine — or anything else that has to dow ith nature or science. Simply put, biochemistry is the study of how life works at the molecular level.
This is a more general major, and at first you'll study a broader range of biology-related topics. Then, you'll meet with an advisor to decide the best upper-level courses to take. It's a great "double-major" to add to your medical school credentials.
This major is geared toward students who desire to solve problems such as pollution, habitat destruction and the loss of biological diversity. It's a natural fit for Briar Cliff, because our Franciscan heritage includes an emphasis on a respect for and stewardship of the natural world.