Auburn’s the place for Kentucky’s DVM students

Molly Kate Stephens was born and raised in Kentucky, but she has never felt far from home as an Auburn University veterinary student. She’ll soon be joining the ranks of over 2,000 veterinary alumni from Kentucky who have pursued Auburn degrees at in-state rates.

Over the past seven decades, Kentucky has had a contractual agreement with Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) that essentially makes Auburn its state veterinary college: Auburn reserves 38 seats for Kentucky residents in each of its 130-member veterinary classes, and the commonwealth pays a contracted rate to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) that essentially covers the difference between in-state and out-of-state expenses.

“From Auburn’s perspective, it’s a win because we are recovering out-of-state tuition, but the student who’s attending school here pays as if they were an Alabama resident,” said CVM Dean and Professor Calvin Johnson. “And that really adds up: Over the course of a four-year span, they’re saving over $100,000.”

Molly Kate Stephens and Dean Johnson

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