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Dordt grads in ISU veterinary program

August 17, 2006

Veterinary Students

Dordt College’s 2006 pre-veterinary science graduates beat the odds this year, with a perfect four-for-four acceptance rate into the veterinary medicine program at Iowa State University.

This year there were 600 applicants for the veterinary medicine program at I.S.U., from which only a total of 120 students were accepted. Receiving acceptance letters from Dordt College were Micah Schouten, son of Mike and Pearl Schouten, Sioux Center; Leah Fedders, daughter of Roger and Bonnie Fedders, Sioux Center; Scott Beeman, son of Perry and Jane Beeman, West Des Moines; and Rachel Davelaar, daughter of Wendell and Rose Davelaar, Fulton, IL. Schouten, Fedders and Davelaar all hope to pursue a large animal emphasis, while Beeman prefers small animal work.

“Dordt College has a very positive reputation at the vet school, with a track record of excellent students,” commented Micah Schouten. “The pre-vet program at Dordt did a very good job in preparing us so far in this juncture of our lives.”

During their years at Dordt, the foursome noted they appreciated the work of Ron Rynders in leading veterinary club meetings and lining up guests, as well as Dr. Fred Sick for mentoring them and serving as a club leader. “Dr. Sick hosted many meetings in his own home, where his wife provided us with some delicious home cooking,” recalls Schouten.

Pre-veterinary medicine is one of 12 pre-professional programs at Dordt College specifically designed to prepare students for going on to graduate school.

There is currently a strong demand regionally for large animal veterinary medicine graduates. At Iowa State nearly 80 percent of veterinary students are women, which is a dramatic demographic shift from 30 years ago, when only men were trained to become veterinarians.

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