Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has made continued improvements as the nation’s seventh oldest university through its research, education and rehabilitation services.
Through the college’s Merial Veterinary Scholars Program, chosen freshman and sophomore students are exposed to potential careers in biomedical research. From its 2014 Fact Sheet, students benefit from Auburn’s faculty and scientific researchers mentorship. Auburn’s competitive four-year program has matriculated students with an average GPA of 3.6 and a GRE score of 2011, and has given 2013 graduates an average of two job offers.
"Auburn focuses on preparing individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine, including private and public practice, industrial medicine, academics, and research,” explained Dr. Dan Givens, associated dean for Academic Affairs at Auburn University. Givens emphasized the college’s wide-breadth of “educational experience," giving students the knowledge and preparation "to be practice-ready for primary care situations at graduation."
Through foundation sponsored trips and externships, according to the fact sheet, students are exposed to different practice perspectives nationally and internationally. Students gain unique knowledge on animal diseases throughout the world from international travel opportunities afforded by foundation sponsored travels.
The college has continued its promise to its expansive educational capabilities to students by helping the local and national community treat and rescue more animals through learning and treatment facilities.
"Our college is unique in our history and in the provision of outstanding on-site, state-of-the-art large and small animal teaching hospitals staffed by esteemed faculty that focus on teaching and animal care,” Givens said. “The J.T. Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital, which houses eight clinical specialties and a functional teaching dairy, was completed in 2005 and boasts 71,500 square feet including an equine lameness arena with hard and soft surfaces, equine wards, bovine wards, surgical suites, an intensive care unit, and a 60-seat classroom."
As part of a recent $74 million investment, per their fact sheet, and from Givens’ response, Auburn University provides high-quality care with its $47 million Wilford and Kate Baily Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Located on the same ground as the Veterinary Education Center, the 208,000-square-foot hospital provides the university with ample “client-use space, 32 exam rooms, and 10 operating rooms,” according to Givens.
Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is also on the forefront of veterinary research.
Areas of research, as Givens reports, include, “The Auburn CVM program, [which] is known nationally for its compassionate clinical care in areas such as canine orthopedic surgery, canine and feline oncology, endocrinology, dermatology, cutting edge canine and feline cardiology, ophthalmology, bovine reproductive surgeries, beef production medicine, equine lameness and small ruminant medicine.”
Other research highlights include contributing to public safety developments with law enforcement, from its fact sheet and website. In conjunction with AMK9 Academy, Auburn University’s Animal Health and Performance Program’s research includes the Vapor Wake detector dog program. This program focuses on clinically breeding and training dogs to pick up scents of explosives. It has been so effective that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Transportation Safety Administration and police at the U. S. capital, use these trained dogs.
As Givens puts it, Auburn University is continually committed to excellence in animal health and education. “The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine strives to be recognized nationally and internationally as a preeminent comprehensive college of veterinary medicine by being a recognized national resource in veterinary medical education,” he said.
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