Veterinary Medicine Building, (706) 542-5728

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Administrative Officers
Sheila W. Allen, D.V.M., M.S., Dean
K. Paige Carmichael, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Harry Dickerson, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs
Paula Tolbert, M.P.A., Director of Finance

General Information


Veterinary medicine is a unique combination of medical, agricultural, and biological sciences. It is a health profession that applies principles of biomedical sciences to health and disease in animals. Veterinary medical research also has important direct and indirect implications on human health.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine is designed to meet the educational needs of prospective veterinarians from the Southeast. In addition to students from Georgia, students from South Carolina, West Virginia, and Delaware are accepted through a Southern Regional Education Board agreement. A limited number of students who are residents of other states also may be accepted. Up to 102 students may be admitted to the four-year curriculum each fall. The number of students accepted from South Carolina and West Virginia is subject to change by the Southern Regional Education board each year. Interested students should contact the Office for Academic Affairs for current information.

The College of Veterinary Medicine also has postgraduate instructional opportunities which are on the college website. Postgraduate training is necessary to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and clinical specialties.

A program of continuing education for veterinary practitioners is offered to keep the profession up-to-date on advances in the science and art of veterinary medicine.

Research programs are conducted in the Veterinary Medical Experiment Station to ensure the health of the animals in Georgia and to protect the human population from those diseases transmissible from animals to man. Studies are conducted on diseases of farm animals, pets, wildlife, poultry, fish, marine life, horses, and laboratory animals. These research programs are an integral part of the training of graduate students.

The College faculty also functions in various service capacities through the facilities of the College's Teaching Hospital, the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease study, the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories located in Athens and Tifton, Georgia.

The College is made up of clinics, offices, laboratories, and classrooms designed to meet the needs of the students, faculty, and staff. The Teaching Hospital wing houses the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, classrooms, and the Veterinary Medical Reading Room. Additional space for maintaining animals is available at a nearby farm and at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center.

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories
Dr. Murray Hines, Director, Tifton
Dr. Jeremiah T.Saliki, Director, Athens

The College supervises diagnostic laboratory facilities in two geographic locations within Georgia. Funded by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, these laboratories assist practicing veterinarians and academicians in monitoring disease conditions for large, small, exotic and laboratory animals. With a service-oriented mission, both units are staffed by veterinary medical diagnosticians who are board-certified in pathology, serology, virology and bacteriology. Trained technicians and support personnel complement the faculty in the mandated surveillance program outlined by federal and state contracts.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Dr. Gary Baxter, Hospital Director
Ronald Stewart, Hospital Administrator

The foremost objective of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is to provide clinical experience for students while providing state-of-the-art expertise and technology for patients in the region. This method of instruction enables the veterinary medical student to gain familiarity with veterinary clinical cases under the supervision of practicing clinicians. The staff is composed of faculty members with expertise in various specialties of veterinary medicine, including internal medicine, surgery, radiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology, anesthesiology, reproduction, food animal and equine medicine and surgery, and herd health management. In addition, hospital facilities are available to private practitioners for referrals or consultation, and for continuing education programs.

The College is officially recognized as an accredited institution by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Academic Information

Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine follow a four-year program of study. The first three years of the curriculum are designed to integrate a sound knowledge of the basic medical sciences with clinical application. The fourth year of the curriculum is devoted entirely to the application of basic medical sciences to veterinary medical principles and procedures in a clinical situation.

The curriculum has core courses which all students must take, and multiple elective opportunities. The final 14 months of the curriculum is divided into clinical blocks of 15-30 instructional days. Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 177 semester credit hours to receive the DVM degree.

The professional clinical degree offered by the College is the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The College also offers graduate programs leading to master's and doctoral degrees, and two dual degree programs, DVM / MPH and DVM / Ph.D.

Undergraduate courses in the College of Veterinary Medicine are listed under the following prefixes.

Professional and graduate courses are listed in the bulletin of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Although a baccalaureate degree is not required, the prospective veterinary student should pursue a well-rounded undergraduate degree program. The requirements for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine are based on the premise that the program of training of a veterinarian is a continuous one shared by both the undergraduate colleges and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The responsibility of the undergraduate training program is to provide the prospective student with technical information and skills and to help develop a broad background of experience and interest which will promote a full realization of their potential as individuals and members of society.

Entering students must acquire basic scientific knowledge to prepare for the rigorous curriculum of the College. Such information is ordinarily obtained in the following undergraduate courses:
The required courses for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine can be completed at any accredited college. A student's choice of a major should be based on his or her interests and abilities.

Specific information about admission policies is available on the web ( or from the Office for Academic Affairs.

The combined B.S.-D.V.M. program is available at The University of Georgia. Students may qualify for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine by completing three years of undergraduate work at the University and applying the first year of the D.V.M. curriculum toward completion of the B.S. degree.

Applications are available in June from the Veterinary Medical College Application Service of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Applications are to be completed electronically at the service's web site, The applicant must submit a transcript from each institution of higher education attended. Completed applications must be received electronically by VMCAS by October 1. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be able to complete all required courses by the end of spring term of the calendar year in which he or she intends to matriculate.

The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, or ethnic origin. Applications from qualified students of minority groups are actively encouraged.

In order to be considered for admission, the applicant must meet at least one of these two criteria: All admissions to The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine are conditional, based on the applicant's continued satisfactory academic work between the date of his or her conditional acceptance and actual entry into the College.

Each applicant is required to take the Graduate Record Examination. Information about the GRE can be obtained from the GRE website (

Notification of the action of the College on all applications will be mailed directly to applicants before April 15 of each year. The notification will inform applicants that they are either accepted conditionally, placed on the alternate list, or not accepted.

Students are governed by a code of ethical conduct that is administered by the faculty and students. The official student governing body is the student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The College offers a variety of student services, including in-house tutorial and counseling services, a mentor program, scholarships, assistance with financial aid, and placement services.

For More Information
Specific information about programs at the professional and graduate levels may be found on the Web (, and in the College of Veterinary Medicine Bulletin or the Graduate School Bulletin, copies of which may be obtained by writing:

D.V.M. Programs
Office for Academic Affairs
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-7372

Graduate Programs
Office for Graduate Studies
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602