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About the College of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people.The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.

The College enrolls 114 students each fall out of the more than 1,000 who apply. It has 173 faculty members. Please view our tours web page if you are interested in visiting the College as a prospective student.

Visit our Facts & Figures page for more detailed information about the College.

View the College administration organization chart here.

Find out more about our Dean, Dr. Lisa Nolan.

The College once again received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education in 2013. View our NAVLE board examination pass rates.

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine is a member of the Association of American Veterinay Medical Colleges, which was founded in 1966.  Click here to view a short presentation on AAVMC's role in veterinary education.

College History

Our first class of 44 students was admitted in 1946. In late 1947, architects were drawing up plans for a new building to house the fledgling University of Georgia veterinary school and clinics.

Meanwhile, to house its animal hospital temporarily, the school obtained two surplus prefabricated buildings from army camps that were closed at the end of World War II.

In 1948, these not-so-temporary buildings were moved to nearby farm land.

With the small animal hospital housed in the large building and the large animal hospital in the smaller one, 2 professors and 56 students, using borrowed tables and microscopes, dispensed veterinary care in these makeshift facilities for three years until the new building was ready for occupancy in 1951.

In 1970, the Board of Regents approved a name change from the School of Veterinary Medicine to the College of Veterinary Medicine, reflecting the expansion of the College’s graduate, research and service programs.

In November 2005, Sheila W. Allen became the first female dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. She was the second female dean of a College of Veterinary Medicine in the United States.

After decades of growth and expansion, our clients know the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the place to go for expert, specialized treatment. We do our job well.

Since its beginning, the College of Veterinary Medicine has risen to national and international prominence. Our graduates are in great demand and many have become leaders in their profession.

Much of the credit goes to the students’ clinical training in the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. It has continued to offer them ever greater opportunities to use sophisticated equipment and provide the most up-to-date specialized treatment.

Degrees

The College offers a doctorate in veterinary medicine and post-doctoral training of interns and residents.It also offers a college-wide interdisciplinary master’s degree in veterinary and biomedical sciences, a master's and a PhD in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, dual-degree programs such as the DVM-Masters of Public Health (DVM-MPH) and the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training (DVM-PhD) programs, as well as post-DVM master’s degrees in avian medicine and food animal medicine.

Doctoral degree programs are offered in physiology, pharmacology, pathology, parasitology, and infectious diseases.

Points of Pride

The College of Veterinary Medicine is a leader in regional, national and international areas of teaching, research, and service. Located at the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the United States, the College of Veterinary Medicine plays an important role in the University’s educational and service missions through the acquisition, application, and dissemination of scientific advances that help diagnose, and treat disease and maintain the health of animals and humans.

Our Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, and Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study are, among others, the best in the nation and some are the best in the world.

Teaching

  • The College trains the next generation of veterinarians to diagnose, treat, and maintain the health of animals by creating and using computer-assisted learning systems involving the internet and 3D real-time interactive media.
  • Our students are among the best and brightest of the professional and graduate students and the University of Georgia.
  • It offers a comprehensive program of continuing education for veterinary practitioners to keep the profession up to date.
  • We boast an excellent faculty (more than half have PhDs in addition to their DVM degree) whose members have received national teaching awards. The faculty includes internationally recognized experts in disease of poultry, caged birds, fish, wildlife, companion animals, and horses.
  • The master’s program in avian medicine is the first and best-known program of its kind for students who have a DVM degree or equivalent and complete 18 months of special training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of poultry diseases.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine is the only public veterinary college with a certificate program in International Veterinary Medicine. Each year, through this program, dozens of students experience veterinary medicine in another culture, focusing on such diverse subjects as trade, regulatory issues, wildlife, public health, and agriculture.

Research

  • Innovative research at the college improves the health and quality of life for companion animals, productivity and health of poultry and livestock, and public health through disease surveillance.
  • Research strengths include infectious diseases, vaccine research, wildlife diseases, parasitic diseases, equine colic, and poultry medicine.
  • The Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center is an international leader in avian medicine, and has developed many innovative products and procedures for preventing or treating poultry diseases.
  • The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study provides a variety of diagnostic services throughout a 19-state region. More than 60 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have been studied as part of an internationally recognized research program on wildlife diseases.

Service

  • The UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital represents the pinnacle for veterinary medical clinical instruction, service, and research in Georgia and the southeastern region. It is a referral center for veterinary practitioners and animal owners throughout the state and region. It also provides a basis for instructing veterinary students, postdoctoral training of interns and residents, and material for clinical investigation of disease.
  • The diagnostic laboratories in Athens and Tifton routinely receive specimens from all over the world. The laboratories provide a full array of services including field investigations, telephone consultations, and necropsy services.
  • The College is a national leader in the creation of a digital data management system for large veterinary hospitals and diagnostic laboratories. Click here to read more about VetView.

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