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Dordt grads in ISU veterinary program

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.

Six hundred applied to the veterinary medicine program at I.S.U., from which only 120 students were accepted. Receiving acceptance letters from Dordt College were Micah Schouten, Sioux Center; Leah Fedders, Sioux Center; Scott Beeman, West Des Moines; and Rachel Davelaar, Fulton, Illinois. 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,” says Micah Schouten. “The pre-vet program at Dordt did a very good job in preparing us so far in this juncture of our lives.”

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