Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Recognition status :
AVBC Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.
AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association
CVMA Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
VCNZ Veterinary Council of New Zealand
The City of Auburn is located in east-central Alabama approximately 1-2 hours from Atlanta, Birmingham, or Montgomery, and 3-4 hours from sugar-sand Gulf beaches. Auburn is an eclectic and diverse city with a rapidly growing population, blending southern tradition with progressive innovation that is derived from being the home of Auburn University. Auburn possesses an excellent family atmosphere; the Auburn city schools were ranked 77th in the nation in 2006 by US News and World Report. Auburn and neighboring city Opelika are home to a vibrant and growing arts and cultural community, and feature many outdoor pursuits. Opelika was named the #1 Golf City in the US by Golf Digest. Auburn University established the department of veterinary science and physiology in 1892. Since 1909, the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has graduated more than 5,850 Doctors of Veterinary Medicine. The College of Veterinary Medicine, known for its collegial atmosphere and strong traditions, provides a broad-based education that prepares students to enter a variety of careers in veterinary medicine. Admission to the program is competitive: 823 students applied for admission for Fall 2008. Approximately 95 students are admitted to the professional program each year. Forty-six are Alabama residents. Forty-two are contract students (40 from Kentucky and two from West Virginia) through the Southern Regional Education Board contract. The remaining are nonresident/noncontract students. In 2008, the average GPA of admitted students was 3.51, and the average GRE score (combined verbal and quantitative) was 1129. Successful applicants demonstrate superior academic ability as well as dedication to the profession, evidenced by work or volunteer experience with animals. Kentucky and West Virginia students must provide proof of residency from their college/university or from their state council on postsecondary education. All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). An electronic application is available at www.aavmc.org. In addition to completing the required pre-veterinary courses, students should work with one or more veterinarians to learn about career opportunities and responsibilities within the profession. Experience with both large and small animals is suggested. While work and animal experience are necessary for admission, it is important to remember that academic ability is essential. The Admissions Committee selects students they believe can be successful in a rigorous four-year professional curriculum, and in the profession.