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Centenary Alumnus Never Gives Up On His Dream

05/14/2014, 11:44 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Keith Schneider, a 2008 Bachelor of Science graduate in Biology from Centenary College, will be Europe-bound this fall when he starts his veterinary medicine studies at the University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine. This opportunity has been a dream of his since he was a junior in college. 

The resident of Hardwick currently works for the Seeing Eye Foundation in Morristown, where he has been a non-registered Veterinary Technician for the past four and a half years. 

The program at the University of Glasgow is a comprehensive five-year curriculum that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Upon graduation, Schneider will receive a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) from the University of Glasgow, which is the equivalent DVM/VMD degree in the United States.  Schneider will join the list of esteemed veterinarians and researchers who have attended the University of Glasgow, including the world-renowned veterinarian James “Alf” Wight, more commonly known under his pen name, James Harriet, whose autobiographical memoirs “All Creatures Great and Small,” have encouraged the development of additional novels, film and television adaptions.

Veterinary school is one of the most competitive graduate educations sought out by individuals nationally or internationally who share a passion for animals, science and medicine.  The acceptance rate into veterinary school at some institutions can be less than 10 percent of their application pool.  Consequently, it is not surprising that those individuals who gain acceptance into veterinary school are some of the best and brightest within the industry.  Additionally, these individuals demonstrate the fortitude and determination to follow their dreams despite the challenges of rejection. In fact, Schneider applied to veterinary schools several times since graduation.

“It is very common to undergo this process multiple times,” says Schneider.  “Although it has taken several attempts to start this new academic adventure, I am glad that I stood strong to my goals.  I feel that my experience with the Seeing Eye Foundation has strengthened my desire to work in this field.”

Schneider also credits Dr. Lauren Bergey, Associate Professor of Biology, Director of Environmental Programs and Chair of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department at Centenary College, and Dr. Lynn Taylor, Associate Professor of Equine Science and his academic advisor, for their continued support post-graduation. 

“They encouraged me to not give up,” says Schneider.  “They provided me with references and advice, and for that I am thankful.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.