AUBURN – Officials from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Auburn Heritage Association will unveil a historic marker in front of Cary Hall on AU’s main campus at 3 p.m. Friday. The building, named for AU’s first veterinary dean, Charles Allen Cary, served as Auburn’s veterinary building from 1939 to 1970. During these 31 years, more than 2,100 future veterinarians attended classes in the building. Today, Cary Hall has classrooms for biological sciences courses within the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
Dean Cary came to Auburn in 1892 as a professor of veterinary science, and, in 1907, he established the College of Veterinary Medicine as the first one in the South. He served as dean until his death in 1935.
In 1896, Cary helped to establish at Montgomery the first meat inspection system in the United States, following that up with meat and milk inspection ordinances in all major Alabama cities. The Alabama Legislature named Cary the state veterinarian in 1907, and, before the year’s end, he helped organize the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. He also served as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Cary is best known for his fight to rid Alabama livestock of fever ticks. His research also furthered the testing of brucellosis and tuberculosis in cattle. He was named to the state’s Alabama Hall of Fame in 1957.