Admission to the College
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 6,500 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: 985 students applied for admission for Fall 2012. One hundred twenty students were admitted to the professional program. Forty were Alabama residents. Forty are contract students (40 from Kentucky and two from West Virginia) through the Southern Regional Education Board contract. The remaining are non-resident/non-contract students. In 2012, the average GPA of admitted students was 3.57, and the average GRE score (combined verbal and quantitative) was 1120. 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 post-secondary 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.