College of veterinary medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine is driven by three strategic goals — to enhance student success, to promote discovery, and to practice the highest standards of veterinary medicine.

Private support is critically important as we achieve our goals and advance our mission to train the world’s next generation of veterinarians, discover breakthroughs with meaningful research, and provide the best care possible for our clients and patients. Your investment in the College of Veterinary Medicine ensures that we continue providing outstanding education and service.

I often hear alumni say, ‘I owe a large part of my success to the education I received at Auburn.’ Through the support of alumni and friends, we can provide the next generation of Auburn graduates the same opportunities to excel.
Calvin Johnson '86

Total goal for the College of Veterinary Medicine:

$69 million

We Will Gain



in new scholarships to recognize talented students



to recognize faculty doing outstanding work




to enhance teaching and research


Academic demands placed on students in the College of Veterinary Medicine essentially eliminate opportunities for employment while they are enrolled. Thus, our students often graduate with a debt load more than twice their annual income and face a stifling financial challenge. The cost of veterinary education continues to rise, and for the sake of animal health and the veterinary profession, we must find a way to lessen the burden of the expanding costs of veterinary education. One solution to this problem is to increase the number of both merit-based and need-based scholarships and fellowships we award to veterinary students. To attract the best students, and to support them financially at an adequate level while they pursue their degrees, we are dedicated to expanding financial aid through private gifts, with the bulk of these funds committed to endowments that will ensure perpetual funding.

$15 million


Auburn is home to some of the most unique programs in all of veterinary medicine: the Scott-Ritchey Research Center focuses on diseases that affect dogs and cats, often with human application; the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer develops advancements in cancer treatment with direct application to animals and humans; the Canine Performance Sciences Program continually improves animal detection science and technology through research, teaching, and outreach; the Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Program enables our scientists to partner with other scientists at Auburn and beyond to find new solutions to complex diseases; and the Southeastern Raptor Center pursues its mission through rehabilitation and public education. Endowments will sustain funding to each of these programs and create new opportunities as we focus our strengths on areas that are vital to animal and human health.

$29 million


In every generation since Auburn’s veterinary medicine program was established in 1892, Auburn has been known for its outstanding faculty, many of whom rank among the world’s best in their specialties. Their contributions to teaching, research, laboratory medicine, and clinical services ensure that Auburn’s veterinary education is a transformational personal and professional experience for every graduate. Our goal is always to recruit, promote, and retain the finest faculty—they are the mentors who will enable our students to gain the exposure and experience needed to be world-class veterinarians or scientists. To attract and retain this level of faculty, we must increase our current number of endowed professorships and chairs through private support.

$2 million


Maintenance and construction of facilities is a never-ending process. The college has made great strides during the past 10 years through the construction of the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital and the John Thomas Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital. We must now direct that momentum toward establishing state-of-the-art research facilities. Phase one of our plan includes constructing new food animal and equine research barns, as well as renovating research laboratories in Sugg Laboratory and Hoerlein Hall to provide critical research space for faculty research and student training. Phase two includes leading Auburn’s efforts in the construction of a new interdisciplinary biomedical research building with state-of-the-art animal facilities.

$23 million

Your gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine has


Dr. Bartlett's gift has enabled me to learn veterinary medicine at the highest standard possible.
Kelcie Theis
DVM Class of 2015
The best four years of my life were in vet school, and I felt like I needed to give back.
Woody Bartlett '64
Pike Road, Alabama

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