Dairy Service

About the Service

The Dairy Service offers individual animal treatment and herd health consultation for dairy herds to local producers and clients throughout the Southeast. The service offers 24 hour emergency and critical care services as well as around-the-clock care for hospitalized patients. Board certified clinicians, residents, technicians and fourth-year veterinary students work together to provide the best quality of care available to our patients and clients.

Farm visits allow an opportunity for our team to evaluate the management of commercial dairies and aid in the design and implementation of health maintenance programs including nutrition, vaccination, mastitis control, milking equipment evaluation, and transition cow protocols.

The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine maintains a functioning, commercial dairy on the campus of the Farm Animal Hospital. In addition to providing a facility suitable for milking hospitalized cows, the dairy herd provides numerous teaching opportunities for the veterinary students during their senior year. Auburn students are immersed in the dairy experience during their time on rotation, gaining hands-on experience feeding and milking the dairy herd, caring for and managing the growing calves, and participating in the protocols used to breed the cows and heifers.

What We Do

  • Reproductive evaluation and pregnancy diagnosis
  • Examination and treatment of sick cows and calves
  • Neonatal intensive care, including assisted nutrition and assisted respiratory ventilation
  • Lameness evaluation and hoof care with tilt tables
  • Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mastitis
  • Care of down cows using float tanks, lifts, and sand stalls
  • Reproductive evaluations
  • Preventative health care including vaccinations, parasite control, and transition cow protocols
  • Evaluation of milking equipment and protocols
  • Working with herdsmen to ensure overall herd health and maintenance
Faculty

Herris Maxwell, DVM, DACT
Benjamin Newcomer, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVPM
Ricardo Stockler, DVM, MS, DABVP (dairy)

Veterinary Support Staff

Simon Taylor