University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

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University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Type Public
Established 1946
Dean Dr. Keith Harris (interim)
Location Athens, Georgia, USA

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine is a college within the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, United States.


A comprehensive history of the College, The Year of the Jubilee, was compiled and written in 2000 by J.T. Mercer and Robert Duncan. Most of the information written here is taken from that history.

The College opened in 1946. The first laboratories were housed in Hardman Hall, which had previously been used as a livestock judging pavilion and later as a Navy warehouse. The school graduated its first class of 44 students in 1950, the year it was accredited.

In 1951, the vet school's first permanent building was opened to house the school and clinics. In 1970, the Board of Regents approved a name change from the School of Veterinary Medicine to the College of Veterinary Medicine, reflecting the expansion of the College's graduate, research and service programs.

Construction on a new wing for The Institute of Comparative Medicine (ICM) began in 1971. The Athens Diagnostic Laboratory opened in two small rooms on the first floor of the College in July 1972, and later that year, the building that now houses the Community Practice Clinic also was built. The current Teaching Hospital building was completed for occupation in 1979. The state-of-the-art Animal Health Research Center was completed in 2006. $7.7 million in planning funds for a new Veterinary Medical Learning Center (which will include a new, expanded teaching hospital facility) were approved by the Georgia General Assembly in April 2010 (Athens Banner-Herald, May 2, 2010).

The College's inaugural Veterinary Conference was held in May 1964, and the College's 51st consecutive Annual Conference and Alumni Reunion will be held on March 28–29, 2014.

The College began construction of the Veterinary Medicine Learning Center in March 2013.[1]

The new campus will be UGA’s third Athens campus, counting the main campus and the recently added Health Sciences Campus in Athens’ Normaltown neighborhood. The project will include a small and large animal teaching hospital, faculty offices, research labs and an academic learning center that will house classrooms and a conference area. At about 300,000 square feet, the one and two-story Veterinary Medical Learning Center will be about 50 percent bigger than UGA’s Miller Learning Center, slightly more than 200,000 square feet.[2]


Over 173 faculty are members of the following departments of the veterinary college:

Degrees offered[edit]

Graduate degrees[edit]

The following graduate degrees are offered by the veterinary college:

  • Master of Avian Medicine (M.A.M.) (D.V.M. is a prerequisite for this degree)
  • Master of Avian Health and Medicine (M.A.H.M.) (D.V.M. is a prerequisite for this degree)
  • Master of Food Animal Health and Management (M.F.A.M.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) and a P.D. in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, designed to emphasize interdisciplinary approaches in biomedical research.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
  • Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases
  • Ph.D. in Pathology (D.V.M. is a prerequisite for this degree)
  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology
  • Ph.D. in Physiology
  • Ph.D. in Toxicology

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine also offers the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program (VMSTP) in which students simultaneously earn D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees, and a DVM-MPH dual-degree program in which students earn the D.V.M. and Master of Public Health degrees.


2014-2015 Student Enrollment

  • DVM Candidates: 426
  • 17% minority

Other degree candidates: 166

  • 67 Ph.D. students
  • 23 master's degree students
  • 5 master's in avian medicine students
  • 7 master's in avian health and medicine students
  • 2 master’s in food animal health students
  • 4 DVM/MPH (master's in public health) students
  • 9 DVM/Ph.D. (Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program) students
  • 15 clinical interns
  • 34 residents

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award Winners from the College include[edit]

  • James Moore, Large Animal Medicine, 2012
  • Karen Cornell, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2011
  • Wan-I Oliver Li, Physiology and Pharmacology, 2011
  • Paige Carmichael, Pathology, 2006
  • Corrie Brown, Pathology, 2004
  • Scott A. Brown, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 2003
  • Cynthia Trim, Large Animal Medicine, 2003
  • P. Thomas Purinton, Anatomy & Radiology, 2001
  • Linda Medleau, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, 2000
  • Michelle Henry Barton, Large Animal Medicine, 1999
  • Jeanne A. Barsanti, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, 1998


  1. ^ "Veterinary Medical Learning Center". The University of Georgia: University Architects. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  "Work beginning on three big UGA construction projects." Athens Banner-Herald. February 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "UGA breaks ground for huge veterinary medicine hospital". Online Athens. Online Athens. Retrieved 18 November 2012.