Program Overview

Program Description

Few careers are likely to be as rewarding as veterinary medicine. Our B.S. in Equine Science (Pre -Veterinary Program) is exactly what you need to make your resume stand out.

The Equine Science Pre-Veterinary major at Centenary University is one of the new, exciting developments in the Equine Studies Department. Students graduate with a B.S. in Equine Science fulfilling all or most of the requirements needed to apply to veterinary colleges or graduate programs across the United States and abroad. Each veterinary program is different, however, and the student is responsible for determining any additional courses required by each specific veterinary program. While it is a non-riding focused major, students can participate in equine riding classes, teams, and clubs if they wish.

The Equine Science Pre-Veterinary major is unique in the practical, hands on opportunities available to its students. Students will be provided expert advisors to assist in their career development, and internships and/or experiential learning is highly encouraged. There are many opportunities to work with the veterinarian on staff to provide routine and emergency veterinary care to the herd of over 100 horses at the Equestrian Center. Although this curriculum focuses on using the horse as an animal model, the fundamental principles and practical skills taught in this major provides an excellent foundation for individuals interested in other animal species. The rigorous Pre-Veterinary major and the nationally renowned Equine Studies program at the elite Equestrian Center gives students both academic and hands on experience to prepare them for further education or a career in the equine veterinary or animal science industries.

Tools to Succeed

The strength of the Pre-Veterinary Major at Centenary lies in the combination of rigorous academics and the hands on experience that is available and easily accessible to enrolled students. The combination of these two aspects gives students a strong base of academics and practical skills that builds a foundation of success for future endeavors.

Expert Faculty and Staff:
There is a veterinarian on staff that works closely with students in and out of the classroom. Our instructors are professionals in a variety of equine and animal science related industries.

The Equine Studies and Science Department work together to provide students with basic concepts and also relevant and current trends in veterinary medicine.

Our Environmental Science Center provides students with designated laboratory space.

Success in the veterinary and animal science and industries involves a familiarity with scientific research. Students work closely with faculty to design and conduct research projects for publication and presentation.

Practical Experience:
Experience working with animals is built in to many class and lab sessions. There are also regular veterinary hours open to students interested in working one on one with the staff veterinarian to learn basic medical skills and animal handling, become familiar with procedures, perform physical exams on animals, formulate rehabilitation protocols, and administer treatments.


The Pre-Veterinary Major provides a strong academic base and many experiential opportunities to build a resume and/or application. Career guidance and mentored advising will aid in preparation for the future either in the workplace or higher education.

Once you have completed our degree program you will be able to pursue a variety of animal related careers.

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Technology
  • Biomedical Research
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Animal Behavior

Admission Requirements

The Equine Studies program is academically rigorous as it prepares students for further education and degrees or a job in the medical industry. As a result, first-year and transfer students (internal and external) applying for acceptance into this major are required to meet the following educational standards:

Successful completion of pre-calculus or higher-level math (conditional acceptance will may be considered if the student is enrolled in a summer Pre-Calculus course)

A cumulative high school GPA of 3.4/4.0

A score of 580 or higher in the mathematics section of the SAT and 560 or higher in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


Course # | Course Title | (Title Credits Completed)

  • AFC 1001 | Academic Foundations at Centenary I | (4)
  • BIO 1150 | General Biology I (CAT V) | (4)
  • WRI 1001/1002 | Composition & Rhetoric I or Composition & Rhetoric II | (4)
  • EST 1010 | Practical Horse Management I | (4)
  • EST 2012 | Equine Health I | (4)
  • BIO 1160 | General Biology II | (4)
  • WRI 1002/2012 | Composition & Rhetoric II or Advanced Composition | (4)
  • EST 3010 | Equine Health II EST2012 | (4)
  • MTH 2151 | Calculus I MTH1600 | (4)
  • BIO 2200 | Anatomy and Physiology I | (4)
  • BIO 3200 | Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy | (4)
  • CHM 1100 | General Chemistry I MTH1600 | (4)
  • MTH 1501 | Statistics I MTH1600 | (4)
  • BIO 2210 | Anatomy and Physiology II BIO2200 | (4)
  • BIO 3210 | Animal Physiology and Behavior BIO3200 | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts | (4)
  • CAT IV | Social and Behavioral Sciences | (4)
  • CHM 1110 | General Chemistry II CHM1100 | (4)
  • CAT VI | Democratic Citizenship | (4)
  • CHM 2050 | Organic Chemistry I CHM1110 | (4)
  • EST 4024 | Equine Musculoskeletal System I EST2012 | (4)
  • PHY 2001 | Physics I MTH2151 | (4)
  • BIO 3100 | Genetics BIO1150&1160 | (4)
  • CHM 2060 | Organic Chemistry II | (4)
  • EST 4025 Equine Musculoskeletal System II EST4024 | (4)
  • PHY 2002 | Physics II PHY2001 | (4)
  • BIO 3500 | Microbiology BIO1150, 1160; CHM1100 | (4)
  • BIO 4200 | Biochemistry BIO1150, 1160; CHM1110 | (4)
  • CAT III | Arts and Humanities: Literature | (4)
  • CAT VI | Global Citizenship | (4)
  • BIO 4300 | Bioethics Junior or Senior Standing | (4)
  • EST 3012 | Equine Nutrition EST2012 | (4)
  • EST 4015 | Breeding Management EST2012, 2010 2
  • EST 40304 | Equine Studies Seminar Senior Standing | (4)
  • ELECTIVE3 | Elective | (2)
    *Optional Elective | (2)


1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.
7. Students pursuing a graduate education in the sciences and biomedical sciences should consider, but are not restricted to, the following electives: BIO1105 Human Nutrition & Performance; COM2001 Public Speaking; ENV 4200 Toxicology; EST2010 Basic Concepts of Training the Horse; MTH1502 Statistics II, MTH2152 Calculus II.
8. This curriculum will satisfy the basic requirements of most veterinary schools but each student is responsible for determining additional courses required by specific veterinary programs.

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Internships & Jobs

Internships and Employment: Students have limitless opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships arranged through the professional connections of our expert faculty. The extracurricular Pre-Professionals Organization hosts meetings and guest lectures to give students insight into animal science careers as well as help with graduate school applications

Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.