As the College of Veterinary Medicine continues to advance its mission of training the world’s next generation of veterinarians, discover breakthroughs in meaningful research and provide the best care possible for our clients and patients, our numerous programs and endeavors need your help to continue providing outstanding education and service. Current giving priorities focus on student and faculty support and growing Centennial Club membership, as well as funds to grow the college’s cancer initiatives, equine sports medicine, the Scott-Ritchey Research Center and Southeastern Raptor Center. You can see for yourself the many different areas that count on your support and choose the one that fits your drive to give.
The point has been made that when students graduate with excessive amounts of loan debt, they then “have a house payment without the house.” This cycle must end, and yet the costs of a complex medical education continue to rise. The best answer to this dilemma is a substantial increase in Auburn’s ability to provide both merit-based and need-based scholarships and fellowships. Time demands placed on students in the College of Veterinary Medicine essentially rule out opportunities for part-time employment while they are enrolled. Most veterinary students study for five-to-six hours each night, AFTER being in class, in lab, or in the clinic for the better part of their day. To attract the best students, and to support them at an adequate level while they pursue their degree, we are dedicated to providing increased numbers and amounts of aid, with the bulk of these funds endowed to ensure perpetual funding.
In every generation since the veterinary medical program was established in 1892, Auburn has been known for its outstanding faculty. Our instructors rank among the best in their specialties, they are known nationally and internationally, and they make the difference in the quality of education our students receive. Our goal is always to put before our students the finest teachers, the mentors who will enable our students to gain the exposure and experience needed to be a world class veterinarian. To attract and retain this level of faculty, to ensure we withstand recruiting efforts by other colleges and specialty clinics, we must increase our number of endowed professorships and chairs.
Auburn is home to some of the most unique programs in all of veterinary education: the Scott-Ritchey Research Center, focusing on inherited diseases of dogs and cats, often with human application; AURIC, the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer; the Canine Performance Sciences program, which through research, teaching and outreach continually improves animal detection science and technology; the Boshell Diabetes Program, which enables College scientists to partner with other Auburn University experts in research. Additional endowments will sustain funding to each of these areas, and more, as we focus our strengths on areas that are vital to human and animal health.
A part of our campaign is devoted to constructing new facilities and to refurbishing existing laboratories and clinical space. We plan, for example, to construct new food animal and equine housing and research laboratory facilities to provide settings in which our faculty and students can pursue new knowledge about diseases and performance of these animals. We also plan to create a small animal research corridor within our former Small Animal Hospital, where our faculty and students can focus on learning to combat cancer in animals, among other disease.
Unrestricted gifts provide financial resources that enable the College of Veterinary Medicine to plan for the unexpected and in areas of greatest need.