Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine

Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine is a growing veterinary program with new state-of-the-art facilities, faculty members, and research. 

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The Auburn University Veterinary Hospital provides state-of-the-art care and serves as a referral hospital to communities throughout Alabama and neighboring states. The hospital is divided into small animals and large. The clinical specialties provided at the teaching hospital include dermatology, emergency care, internal medicine, oncology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue and oncologic surgery, and radiology. As a student at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, you’ll complete a curriculum designed as a systems approach. Each semester throughout the program includes a small group, problem solving course related to topics that term. The first year focuses on structure and function of a normal animal.

In the second year, principle courses such as immunology, infectious diseases and pathology are taught. Then body system courses are started (such as cardiovascular). During the last 14 months of the program, students participate in a series of required clinical rotations interacting with patients and clients in the Teaching Hospital or an externship. The final portion of the curriculum is a required preceptorship.



The College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University is located one mile from the Auburn campus in Auburn, Alabama off Interstate 85 between Montgomery and Atlanta. The Vet School is situated on 280 acres. Opening in 2014 are a new educational wing and a new small animal hospital. In addition, the college has a 700-acre research farm five miles from campus.

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Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: 334-844-2685

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
217 Goodwin/Overton
Auburn, AL 36848-5536


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
All applications are due October 1.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissable as a substitute. Test scores must be no more than 5 years old. Results must be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs of the College of Veterinary Medicine by November 1. It is preferable to have a combined GRE score of over 1,000.

3. Students
120 students per year are currently accepted in the four year DVM program.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost

AL/KY/WV Resident Tuition: $72,776 ($18,194 per year)
Nonresident Tuition: $173,464 ($43,366 per year)

• Total for Books, Supplies and Instruments: $13,316 ($3,329/year)
• Total for Room & Board: $48,712 ($12,178/year)
• Total for Personal Expenses: $10,912 ($2,728/year)
• Total for Transportation: $11,432 ($2,858/year)

Additionally, first-year students are required to purchase a tablet notebook computer through the College of Veterinary Medicine at a cost of approximately $2,203.40.

5. Accreditation
Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The next site visit scheduled is 2019.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain in Good Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate for Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine: 97.5%
NAVLE = North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
The Auburn Veterinary Medicine Program was ranked #15 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Auburn established the department of veterinary science and physiology in
1892. Since 1909, Auburn has graduated more than 6,250 doctors of
veterinary medicine.

8. Transfer Students
Not Accepted


Admissions Information

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Admissions Procedures
• Objective – Academic credentials
• Subjective – Personal credentials and experience with animals
• Personal interview
Letters of Recommendation
• From a veterinarian
• From an employer
• From an academician
Acceptance Rate
12% (120 accepted out of 985 applicants – Fall 2012) Out of the 120 of the accepted incoming students:
• 40 are Alabama residents
• 40 are contract students through the Southern Regional Education board
• 40 are non-resident/non-contract students


• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 1
• Supplemental Application Deadline – Oct 15
• GRE Score Deadline – Nov 1
• Notification of Interview – Jan to Feb
• Interviews – Feb through March
• Acceptances Mailed – March
• Applicant Response Date – April 15

Before You Apply
If you plan on applying to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, you will need to complete the pre-requisite courses by June 15, prior to matriculation. A bachelor’s degree is NOT required. There is no required major when applying to Auburn Veterinary School.
Pre-requisite Course Requirements
Alabama and Kentucky applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0). Nonresident/non-contract applicants must have a 3.0. Minimum acceptable course grade is a C-.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses
• Pre-Calculus / Trigonometry (or higher) (3)
• Principals of Biology I and II with lab (8)
• Fundamentals of Chemistry with lab (8)
• Organic Chemistry with lab (6)
• **Physics with lab (8)
• **Biochemistry (3)
• Animal Nutrition (3) – May be taken online
• Science Electives (6)

** Must have been taken within six calendar years.

General Education Requirements
Humanities and Fine Arts: Literature* (3), Fine Arts (3), Humanities/Fine Arts Electives (16)
History and Social/Behavioral Sciences – History* (3), Social & Behavioral Science Electives (9)
Written Composition (6)

* A six-hour sequence is required in either literature or history.

Required Experience
Veterinary medical experience is highly recommended though not required; non-veterinary animal experience is also valued.

Other Achievements
Also valued as part of your application is your recommendations and evaluations (both personal and regarding animal experience), community involvement, extracurricular activities, employment record, and your narrative statement of purpose.
Degrees Offered

• Public Health Minor
• Undergraduate Research
• Auburn Undergraduates Committed to Veterinary Medical Bioscience Research and Training Program

• Anatomy
• Animal Genetic Disease
• Animal Parasitology Clinical Sciences
• Infectious Disease
• Molecular Oncology
• Pathology
• Pharmacology
• Physiology
• Veterinary Sports Medicine

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum
• Anatomy
• Animal Genetic Disease
• Animal Parasitology
• Infectious Disease
• Molecular Oncology
• Pathology
• Pharmacology
• Physiology

Dual Degree Programs
• DVM-MS in Pathiobiology
• DVM-PhD in Pathiobiology
Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2015

Total Applications………………………..810
Number of Residents………………………..40
Number of Contract (KY)…………………….38
Number of Contract (WV)……………………..2
Number of Non-Residents…………………….40
Mean cumulative GPA……………………….3.53
Mean science GPA……………………….3.29
Mean GRE………………………………..1104
Number with advanced degree…………….7
Number with Bachelor’s degree…………..66
Number with no degree……………………47
Male:Female Ratio………………28/67 (0.42)

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