Ninety to receive degrees from College of Veterinary Medicine at May 7 commencement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Ninety professional students from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be awarded degrees during the college’s 106th commencement on Tuesday, May 7. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Auburn Arena.

In addition, 12 masters degrees in biomedical science will be conferred, and eight professionals will be awarded Ph.D. degrees in biomedical science.

The 90-member class includes 36 students from Alabama; 33 students from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and two from West Virginia under a cooperating agreement with each state through the Southern Regional Education Board; and the remaining 19 at-large students hail from as far away as California, Colorado, Ohio and Texas.

The class is comprised of 63 women and 27 men. During the ceremony, eight students will have their parent or grandparent, who is a veterinarian, complete their hooding.

The commencement address will be given by Dr. John Thomas Vaughan, dean emeritus of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Vaughan, who has been associated with this college for more than 60 years, will give the graduation address to the class of 2013,” said Dean Calvin Johnson.

Dr. Bill Allen, current president of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, will administer the Veterinarian’s Oath.

Four alumni of the college who have distinguished themselves professionally will be recognized as the 2013 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni. They are Dr. David S. Biller, professor at Kansas State University; Dr. Robert L. Carson, professor at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Forrest I. Townsend Jr., practicing veterinarian, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; and Dr. Calvin R. White, practicing veterinarian, Ada, Okla.

The prestigious award is the highest honor given to an alumnus of the college and is named to honor the late Wilford S. Bailey, who held a 50-year continuous faculty appointment at Auburn, serving in positions ranging from instructor to university president.

A 1942 graduate of the college, Bailey was the first recipient of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Following his death in 2000, it was named in Dr. Bailey’s memory. The Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital is currently under construction and will be completed in 2014.

To date, the College of Veterinary Medicine has awarded 6,341 degrees and 471 M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The professional students have spent the final eight weeks of their path to this four-year medical degree completing preceptorships which are medical apprenticeships in diverse settings. Preceptorship sites include small animal practices, specialty equine practices, military veterinary facilities, and bovine ambulatory programs.

(Contributed by Janet McCoy.)

Contact: Dr. Dan Givens, interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, (334) 844-2685;
Janet McCoy, College of Veterinary Medicine, (334) 844-3698 (, or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (