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As a veterinary student you have so many opportunities to impact those around you in a special way through your God-given gifts and talents. The journey through veterinary school is a time for both professional development and spiritual growth as we seek His direction for our lives. Veterinary school is not merely about academics or career vision – it’s about serving our Lord and living lives of worship in obedience to Christ.

One of the most rewarding ways to live out our Christian faith is through helping others. CVM organizes short-term missions trips to several countries around the world and welcomes veterinary students on these trips. Here’s some information about the options they provide:

Short-Term Missions

Has the Lord given you a passion to serve people of another culture and share the news of Christ's love for them? Do you want to discover how the Lord can use your veterinary skills to help train others so they can better care for the needs of their animals and their community? We have all been called to carry out the Great Commission. Becoming involved in a short-term project is just one of many ways the Lord can use you to carry out His global mandate for missions.

Many of the students currently at VA-MD Vet Med are enthusiastic about participating in short-term veterinary missions. Three students went to Honduras for a week in May of 2009 and are eager to travel again. Two students went to Uganda in July 2010. Another group of VA-MD Vet Med students are preparing to go to Nicaragua during the summer of 2011.

Alternate missions opportunities exist within Christian Veterinary Mission. In order to be approved for one of the CVM trips, all students need to submit a short-term application (found on the CVM website) in order to begin the screening process. After you have been approved for short-term service you will also need to submit the one-time application fee ($50 for students). More information is available at:

International Missions Preceptorship

CVM’s Missions Preceptorship Program is a unique opportunity available to mission-minded veterinary students in their 3rd or 4th year of veterinary school. The focus of this program is to provide students with one-on-one mentoring and hands-on training with CVM fieldworkers as they seek to pursue God’s calling to serve long-term through veterinary missions.

Through private donors, CVM is pleased to offer a financial “matching” program for students who are accepted for a Missions Preceptorship. This will provide preceptorship participants with financial assistance (up to $2000/trip).

More information:

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15