In his own words:
“My family and I attended the Baptist World Alliance in Stockholm, Sweden in July 1975. There were 84 countries represented including some underdeveloped countries. This was my first encounter with people from the Third World. The glaring inequalities between the two worlds were visible to me for the first time in a personal way. During a small group Bible study one day, someone asked a lady from Africa, “how can we of the developed world be of help to you in the underdeveloped countires?” Quickly she responded, “what we need is for you to come and teach us your skills that we might do for ourselves.”
Pondering her remarks and what implications it had for me, I volunteered my services to the foreign mission board but nothing was available. This pointed out to me the need for the profession’s own organization that could serve as a vehicle for sending veterinarians. This would facilitate those with a desire to be involved in that process to do so.
After discussing this with some Christian veterinarians in Georgia, a charter was obtained for Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) in September of 1976. Immediately afterwards I was able to go to the Dominican Republic for a pilot project to work with an agricultural missionary. His focus of work was with the poor peasant farmers of the area. He recognized the need for someone with veterinary expertise to help with their animal husbandry problems. The response to my efforts was overwhelming. Thus CVM was born.
In 1977, CVM was adopted as the mission arm of the Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF). Great interest and rapid growth suggested the need for professional help in facilitating the administration of overseas placements. Thus in February of 1978 we became a part of CRISTA Ministries.”
Animals are a bridge to relationships. Whether at a clinic in urban America, a veterinary school in Bolivia, the countryside of Mongolia or serving the Cherokee Nation, relationships are formed over the care of an animal. Trust is built, hearts are shared, and a seed is planted for the Kingdom of Christ.
CVM is all about relationships. Above all, our relationship with Jesus Christ compels us to love and serve others with the talents, skills, and experience he has given us, and in so doing, to introduce others to Him.
Our purpose as an organization is to walk alongside Christians in the veterinary community whose desire is to bring glory to God through the use of their professional skills. It is our honor and privilege to pray with, talk with, encourage, equip, mentor and provide resources and opportunities for men and women to follow God’s call in their life, whether serving in their own community or cross-culturally.
Our Doctrinal Statement
Christian Veterinary Mission is a Christ-centered organization, and we seek to reflect Christ in everything we do. Download our doctrinal statement here.