Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Equine Studies Pre-Vet Science Overview

If your goal is to become a veterinarian, the Bachelor of Science in Equine Pre-Vet Science offered at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will help prepare you for graduate studies on your path to becoming a veterinarian. Our program can benefit all pre-veterinary students, including students interested in other large animal species. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts.

The Mari Hulman George School of Equine Studies and stables are on campus at SMWC, and our state-of-the-art equine classrooms allow hands-on learning for students with horses and other large animals.


What is equine studies pre-veterinary science?
Pre-vet science is the preparation for students to study veterinary medicine or an equally rigorous field of study.

Why get a degree in pre-veterinary science?
A degree in equine studies pre-veterinary science will benefit those students who want to pursue careers as equine veterinarians or large animal veterinarians.

What can you do with a degree in pre-veterinary science?
There are many opportunities for graduates with a degree in equine studies pre-veterinary science including:

  • Working or managing a horse breeding facility
  • Working or managing a broodmare and foaling facility
  • Veterinary medical school
  • Graduate school
  • Equine research
  • College teaching
  • Breed associations
  • Cooperative extension positions

What is the average annual salary of someone with a pre-veterinary science degree?
Remember that annual salary can vary for your position based on location and position of desire. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of a veterinarian is $103,260.

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses, and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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