The following information relates to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s COVID-19 response and any related impact on the current students, the incoming class of 2024 and future applicants to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Degree Program.
Current student information
AUCVM professional students will progress through the Spring 2020 semester as usual. Course Coordinators will assign students a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) for graded courses at the end of the semester (grades are due May 6th). Criteria for faculty assignment of grades will not differ from prior semesters. Students who wish to consider converting a letter grade according to the S/U policy should consult directly with the AUCVM Office of Academic Affairs prior to June 1, 2020.
Incoming/future student information
The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine continues to assess the potential impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the incoming class of 2024 and on future applicants to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program. Our requirement for prerequisite courses is that students earn a letter grade of a C- or higher. For those individuals who are taking prerequisite courses in the spring 2020 and summer 2020 terms, we will accept pass and satisfactory grades from incoming students or applicants whose institutions have transitioned to pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, or other grading practices for the spring 2020/summer 2020 terms. Please note that alternative, non-letter grades will not be used in any of our GPA calculations.
Applicants to the DVM program for the class of 2025 (August 2021 start) must have earned at least 250 hours of veterinary experience hours by application submission and will NOT be required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Frequently Asked Questions
Some frequently asked questions (FAQs) surrounding COVID-19 and its effects on the incoming class of 2024 and future applicants to the DVM program:
Q: I am currently enrolled in prerequisite classes during the spring 2020/summer 2020 terms. The policy states that I must earn a letter grade of a C- or better, but my institution has transitioned to Pass/Fail, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, or other alternative grading practices for the spring 2020/summer 2020 terms. Will Auburn University accept pass/satisfactory grades in prerequisite courses?
A: Yes. Incoming students currently enrolled in prerequisite courses may submit pass/satisfactory grades, or other grades that indicates successful completion and fulfillment of a course’s requirements for the spring 2020/summer 2020 terms.
Q: Due to COVID-19, what will Auburn University’s requirements for veterinary experience hours be?
A: Applicants to the DVM program for the class of 2025 (August 2021 start) will be required to submit an application with at least 250 hours of veterinary experience at the time of application submission.
Q: What is Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine GRE requirement as a result of COVID-19?
A: Applicants to the DVM program for the class of 2025 (August 2021 start) will not be required to take the GRE general test.
Q: How will COVID-19 impact Auburn University’s assessment of applicants?
A: We understand that COVID-19 has and will continue to significantly impact our incoming class and future applicants to the DVM program. The admissions committee will continue to assess each applicant holistically; and, the committee will take into consideration the impacts of COVID-19 on those applicants.
Q: Will Auburn University accept prerequisite courses taken online?
A: Applicants are eligible for admission when prerequisite courses are taken at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education. This means that online courses may be accepted to fulfill necessary course requirements for admission.