College of Veterinary Medicine


J. S. JANICKI, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies; Coordinator of Animal Health Research

D. W. ANGARANO, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

G.E. BEARD, Assistant Dean, Continuing Education and Alumni Affairs

THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE offers a fully accredited program of training leading to the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The degree requires four years in the professional curriculum after completion of a pre-professional curriculum which may take four years or more for the average applicant.


Each year, approximately 90 students are admitted to the four-year program for the doctorate in veterinary medicine. The largest percentage of students admitted are residents of Alabama, although some spaces are available for non-Alabama students. Most of these are from Kentucky by contract through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), but 10 non-Alabama students not under a contract program with Auburn University may be accepted. Alabama and SREB students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 system on all course work attempted and on all required courses. A grade of D on any required course will not be accepted. At large (non-Alabama and non-SREB) students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. At-large applicants must be citizens of the United States and will be required to pay non-resident university fees. As part of the admissions process, the Committee on Admissions and Standards of the College of Veterinary Medicine may require a personal interview, a reading comprehension test or an examination on any required course. The College of Agriculture and the College of Sciences and Mathematics offer Pre-Veterinary curricula and are responsible for pre-veterinary counseling. Although farm experience and work with veterinarians are not absolute requirements for admission, applicants are urged to gain such training. Students without this experience frequently have difficulty with certain courses, particularly in the clinical areas.

All applicants must apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). This is a centralized distribution, collection and processing service for 23 participating veterinary medical colleges. Applications may be obtained by contacting the Academic Affairs Office, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL 36849. SREB students must contact their appropriate state agency for verification of their residency status.

Minimum Requirements for Pre-Veterinary Medicine

1. Completion of the Core Curriculum as stated in the General Information section in this Bulletin.

2. Specific Course Requirements: Minimum pre-veterinary requirements for Alabama residents are those listed for the pre-veterinary curriculum in either the College of Agriculture or the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Non-Alabama and SREB applicants must have acceptable equivalents which have been approved by the College of Veterinary Medicine. Individuals taking the pre-veterinary curriculum are expected to declare an academic major prior to their fifth quarter of enrollment.

3. All transfer courses must be equivalent in hours and content. CLEP substitutions are acceptable as stated in this catalog but only for biology, history and humanities. English credit can be earned only as stated in the Core Curriculum. Courses will not be waived on the basis of degrees or "practical experience.'' Pass-Fail or Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory grades are not acceptable in required courses. Consideration will not be extended to anyone with an overall or required course GPA of less than 2.5 or who is not a bona fide resident at the time of application.

4. Time Limitation: All required courses in the advanced physical and biological science categories must have been completed within six calendar years prior to the anticipated date of enrollment in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

5. Standardized examination: Applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (verbal and quantitative) within five years immediately preceding the deadline for receipt of applications. Results of the GRE must be officially reported to VMCAS or to the Office of Academic Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine by February of the following year.

Application Procedure

Admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine must be gained through formal application made by October 1 preceding the fall quarter in which admission is desired. All applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Application packets are available from the College of Veterinary Medicine or the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. A supplemental application and a processing fee of $35.00 are required of all applicants. An additional $25.00 is required of all who have not previously attended Auburn University.

The final selection of students is made by the Committee on Admissions and Standards of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University. The right is reserved to accept or reject any applicant.

Under the Regional Plan for Veterinary Training, the College of Veterinary Medicine currently serves two states: Alabama and Kentucky. The Land-Grant institution in each state participating under the SREB plan maintains counseling and guidance service for students desiring admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students attending other institutions should contact the Land-Grant School advisor in their state for information concerning admission requirements.

Students admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine must submit one completed physical examination report on a form supplied by Auburn University at least three weeks prior to date of registration (not required of students formerly enrolled at Auburn University) and comply with the requirements of the rabies immunization program of the College. Also required are two supplemental official transcripts of any work completed after application is filed.

Scholastic Requirements

All applicants and students in the professional program are subject to the academic and disciplinary regulations of the College of Veterinary Medicine in addition to those of Auburn University. Students admitted in the Fall of 1998 may be under a different curriculum model.

Any student who earns less than a 2.25 GPA for any term will be placed on academic probation. A student who fails to earn a 2.25 GPA in each of the succeeding two terms of enrollment may be dropped from the rolls of the College of Veterinary Medicine for scholastic deficiency. In addition, a student who does not have a veterinary college cumulative average of 2.25 at the end of any academic year may be required to withdraw from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

A student who makes a grade of F on any course may be required to withdraw from the College of Veterinary Medicine until such time as the course is offered again. Such a student may be required to repeat certain other courses in the curriculum for that term.

Clinical courses are unique in that the art and skills developed in them can be acquired only through full participation in the laboratories. Attendance in these courses is required except in case of illness or other extenuating circumstances as may be judged by the involved instructor. Grading in these clinical laboratory courses is primarily by subjective evaluation. When a course involves student rotation through several disciplines or sections, the student must receive a passing grade in each area before a passing grade can be given for the course.

The responsibility for counseling is shared by the faculty of this College and the Career Development Service.

Non-Scholastic Requirements

Health Insurance: Students enrolled in the professional curriculum are required to provide evidence of health insurance coverage that includes rabies post exposure treatment. Information about student insurance is available in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Academic Affairs.

Microscopes: Students enrolled in the professional curriculum must own a compound microscope acceptable to the faculty. The student must furnish a microscope in all courses requiring the use of this instrument.

Required Withdrawal

The faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine reserves the right to require the withdrawal at any time of any student who in the judgment of the admissions and standards committee is not profiting from the instruction offered, who is neglectful, irregular, dishonest or indifferent in the performance of required duties and studies or whose character or conduct is inconsistent with good order of the veterinary college or with the standard of the veterinary profession.

Requirements for Graduation

To be eligible for the D.V.M. degree, candidates must complete all of the required courses in the order listed in the curriculum in veterinary medicine with a minimum overall GPA of 2.25. In addition, each senior must participate in a clinicopatholigic conference (CPC) to fulfill their oral communication requirement. Following completion of all academic work, each student is required to serve a preceptorship of one quarter with an approved veterinarian. A certificate of satisfactory completion of a preceptorship is required for graduation.

A graduation fee must be paid at the beginning of the quarter of graduation and all indebtedness due the institution must be paid prior to graduation.

Curriculum in Veterinary Medicine (VMED)

Students admitted in the Fall of 1998 may be under a different curriculum model.


 First Quarter

  Second Quarter

Third Quarter

 VMED 0320 Anat. I (5)  VMED 0321 Anat. II (5)  VMED 0322 Anat. III (5)
 VMED 0326 Micro. Anat. I (3)  VMED 0327 Micro. Anat. II (4)  VMED 0328 Micro. Anat. III (4)
 VMED 0313 Physiology I (5)  VMED 0314 Physiology II (5)  VMED 0315 Physiology III (5)
 VMED 0300 Orientation (2)  VMED 0411 Microbiology II (5)  VMED 0412 Microbiology III (5)
 VMED 0331 Microbiology I (4)    

 VMED 0405 Pathology I (5)  VMED 0406 Pathology II (5)  VMED 0423 Clinical Pathology (5)
 VMED 0413 Microbiology IV (4)  VMED 0410 Parasitology II (4)  VMED 0407 Pathology III (4)
 VMED 0409 Parasitology I (4)  VMED 0401 Pharmacology II (3)  VMED 0427 S.A. Med. & Surg. I (4)
 VMED 0319 Pharmacology I (5)  VMED 0432 Microbiology V (3)  VMED 0402 Pharmacology III (2)
 VMED 0428 L.A. Phy. Diagnosis (2)  VMED 0316 Physiology IV (5)  VMED 0429 S.A. Phys. Diag. (1)
   VMED 0421 Intr. to Surg. (3)
 VMED 0415 Integrated Pathobiology (1)

 VMED 0414 L.A. Med. I (5)  VMED 0433 Avian Diseases (4)  VMED 0440 S.A. Clinics I (7)
 VMED 0424 S.A. Med. & Surg. II (3)  VMED 0425 S.A. Med. & Surg. III (5)  VMED 0444 L.A. Clinics I (7)
 VMED 0408 Lab. An. Med. (3)  VMED 0420 L.A. Med. II (5)  VMED 0435 Theriogenology (5)
 VMED 0431 Vet. Radiology (4)  VMED 0422 L.A. Surgery (3)  
 VMED 0448 S.A. Surg. Pract. I (2)  VMED 0449 S.A. Surg. Pract. II (2)
 VMED 0403 Vet. Toxicology (3)  VMED 0426 Clin. Path. Lab. (1)

 VMED 0437 Vet. Toxicology (3)  VMED 0442 S.A. Clinics III (7)  VMED 0443 S.A. Clinics IV (5)
 VMED 0441 S.A. Clinics II (7)  VMED 0446 L.A. Clinics III (7)  VMED 0447 L.A. Clinics IV (5)
 VMED 0445 L.A. Clinics II (7)  VMED 0439 L.A. Med. IV (5)  VMED 0430 Jurisp. & Ethics (2)
 VMED 0438 L.A. Med. III (2)    VMED 0455 Ethology (1)
   VMED 0453 Practice Mgmt. (2)
 VMED 0463 Adv. Vet. Appl. (4)
 VMED 0450 CPC (0)

 VMED 0454 Preceptorship (0)


*Beginning with the third quarter of the third year, clinical participation will be continuous, divided into five periods called quinarys. Fee payments and grade reporting will follow the university quarterly schedule.


Graduate Programs

The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biomedical Science are offered in a college-wide program in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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