Auburn University

Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

Over the course of its more than 120-year history, the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has produced nearly 7,000 veterinarians, specialists, and researchers, impacting the world through the success of alumni. The mission of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is to prepare individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine, including private and public practice, industrial medicine, academics, and research. The College will provide programs of instruction, research, outreach, and service that are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the region, the nation, and the world. The College is devoted to three strategic goals: (1) enhance student success; (2) promote discovery; and (3) practice the highest standards of veterinary medicine. Auburn is the seventh oldest college of veterinary medicine in North America and was the first in the southeastern United States. Alumni are scattered throughout all 50 states and many nations.

  • 1892 – The Department of Physiology and Veterinary Sciences is established at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College, the precursor to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University. Dr. Charles Allen Cary is named chairman of the department by the Board of Trustees. He lectures agricultural students in veterinary sciences and holds free clinics on large animal care for local farmers.
  • 1907 – The veterinary program at Alabama Polytechnic Institute becomes the College of Veterinary Medicine, the first in the South and seventh oldest in the U.S. Dr. Charles Allen Cary is its first dean .
  • 1909 – The first DVM degrees are awarded to six men. Dr. Charles Allen Cary chairs the USDA committee on the eradication of the Texas Cattle Tick Fever Campaign.
  • 1943 – Lucille Sandahl Dimmerling is first female graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Alabama Polytechnic Institute.
  • 1946 – Auburn becomes the veterinary college for six Southern states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisiana) through an agreement of the Southern Regional Education Board; the commonwealth of Kentucky remains under that partnership today.
  • 1955Mr. Kenneth A. Scott, an avid field-trial dog competitor, contributes money to support Dr. B.F. Hoerlein's research, creating the Scott Fund at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • 1968 – A bequest by Ms. Eleanor Ritchey establishes small animal disease research at the college to care for the hundreds of stray dogs that she sheltered. The bequest at that time was the largest single donation to Auburn University. The college recognizes the gift made by Mrs. Ritchey, heiress of the Quaker State Oil Company, by establishing the Scott-Ritchey Research Center.
  • 1969 – National champion male beagle Blue is the first clinical patient to receive a cobalt treatment in a new teletherapy unit. The beagle was successfully treated for cancer.
  • 1970 – Champion thoroughbred Bold Ruler is referred to Auburn for a malignant nasal tumor. Auburn’s work prolongs his life for one breeding season, resulting in 33 foals.
  • 1972 – The raptor rehabilitation program begins, and is later designated by federal wildlife officials as the Southeastern Raptor Center.
  • 1986 – Auburn University changes its name from the School of Veterinary Medicine to the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Alabama Equine Practitioners Association is founded at Auburn.
  • 1987 – Mr. Holland M. Ware provides the college $1 million toward the construction and equipping of an expanded imaging center. The Holland M. Ware Imaging Center and Oncology Laboratories are dedicated three years later.
  • 1998 – The 5,000th student graduates from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the 1,000th SREB student graduates.
  • 2000 – The college names its Distinguished Alumni Award for Dr. Wilford S. Bailey, who had a 50-year association with the college and Auburn, as a student, faculty member and University president.
  • 2001 – The Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Research Program at Auburn University is established through an endowment by the Birmingham-based Diabetes Trust Fund in honor of its founder, Dr. Buris R. Boshell a 1947 Auburn graduate.
  • 2001 – The College of Veterinary Medicine establishes the Critical Care Program, one of five such programs in the United States.
  • 2002 – Auburn University’s War Eagle VI (nicknamed Tiger) soars into the international spotlight during opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
  • 2004 – Auburn veterinarians play key role in the nation’s first implantation of a cardiac resynchronization therapy device in Babec, a 24-year-old western lowland gorilla.
  • 2005 – War Dog Memorial Statue is donated by Betsy Putney after being inspired by the WWII experiences of her late husband Dr. William Putney ’43. It is a replica of one that stands in Guam.
  • 2010 – College designated as a Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine.
  • 2011 – Auburn alumni John and Rosemary Brown made a major gift in memory of the late Dr. Wilford S. Bailey and his wife, Kate. The Brown’s gift named and initiated construction of the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital in admiration and appreciation of their friendship with the Baileys which began when the Browns were students at Auburn during the 1950s.
  • 2012 – Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) is established to accelerate cancer research.
  • 2014 –The Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital opens.
  • 2014 – A theriogenology residency is established in veterinary reproductive medicine for companion animals, funded through a charitable gift from the American Kennel Club and  the Theriogenology Foundation. It is one of only three in the U.S.

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