In addition to the clinical instruction of 4th year veterinary students, the Department of Clinical Sciences faculty participates in lectures and laboratories for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year veterinary students. This faculty also teaches an array of graduate courses to the college wide graduate student population as well as provides advanced training and mentoring to the department interns and residents
At least 50% of a faculty member's time is spent working in the hospital setting - seeing clients, diagnosing diseases, formulating treatment plans, overseeing the care of hospitalized animals, and teaching through one-on-one interaction with 4th year veterinary students, interns, and residents. Daily rounds are used as an interactive learning experience. There are faculty rounds as well allowing the faculty to learn from each other. Clinicians are on clinical duty for 2-4 week "blocks" of time before resuming their other teaching or research responsibilities.
University service includes those activities that are needed to keep a large organization like Auburn moving forward. It includes duties such as academic committees (e.g. Admissions and Standards or Curriculum) as well as service committees (e.g. Faculty Senate, Tenure and Promotion or University Animal Care and Use Committee). Numerous departmental committees are used to improve the quality of our program and develop long range plans and goals for faculty development, hospital improvements, and maintaining a state of the art concern.
Faculty members in the Department of Clinical Sciences are frequently invited to present research and clinical data at a professional meeting at either the local, national or international level. This is an indication of the esteem enjoyed by the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Auburn University's Department of Clinical Sciences is active in the discovery of new information about animal diseases. Research about diagnosis and treatment of disease and the development of new products and procedures have added greatly to the body of information used worldwide to improve the lives of both animals and humans. New information is vital to the advancement of knowledge, so the faculty is charged with publishing new and current information for inclusion into the scientific literature.
While there is occasionally a treatment study ("clinical trial") allowing the inclusion of client owned animals with informed consent of the owner, client-owned animals are NOT used in research. However, your pets (and possibly yourself) will likely benefit from the information gained through the research program at Auburn University.