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The Food and Fiber Animal Service of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is made up of a dedicated group of specialists in medicine, surgery, reproduction and preventive medicine who diagnose and treat diseases of cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and camelids. Whether it is a problem with an individual animal or a herd, the veterinarians and technicians of the Food Animal Service are committed to working with producers and other food animal veterinarians to find solutions.
This Service strives to provide economically sound diagnostic and treatment options for commercial producers, and advanced, state-of-the-art veterinary care for valuable breeding animals and livestock pets. The livestock handling and hospitalization facilities of the Large Animal Teaching Hospital are equipped to provide advanced diagnostic and treatment amenities to all food animal patients.
Whether it’s an inpatient or outpatient, excellent patient care is provided by faculty and technicians experienced in livestock diseases and husbandry.
Primary care is available for animals of local producers in the Southeast, and referral services are provided to veterinarians from all over the United States.
We operate a full-functioning dairy providing in-house treatment of lactating dairy cattle as well as portable milking equipment for recumbent dairy cattle.
Herd Health and Maintenance
- Diagnosis and care of animals with diseases such as fever, weight loss, mastitis, anemia, respiratory disease, gastrointestinal disease, infectious diseases, neurologic disease, urinary disease, nutritional disease, metabolic disease and infertility
- Lameness and hoof care with tilt tables
- Herd monitoring and surveillance for infectious diseases
- Preventive Health Care including vaccinations, parasite control, castration, spay and dehorning
- Orthopedic management including casting, splinting and surgical fracture management
- Surgical biopsy, soft tissue surgery and wound management
- Diagnosis and management of tumors in farm animals
- Care of down cows using floating tanks, lifts and sand stalls
- Diagnosis and care for calves with diarrhea and/or pneumonia
- Capability for In-house or on-farm herd health consultations, genetic counseling, nutritional consultations, disease outbreak investigation or on farm emergencies
Surgery and Medicine
Board-certified internal medicine specialists, experienced residents, dedicated licensed veterinary technicians and our supervised students work together to provide the best available care, diagnostic procedures, and hospitalization.
Teaching and Research
The faculty of the Food and Fiber Animal Service are committed to training future veterinarians by providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to continue to serve livestock producers and the agricultural community. The same faculty members also continue to investigate livestock health and productivity problems through disease research and collaboration with other investigators of agricultural issues.
Members of the Food & Fiber Animal faculty are board certified in several specialty areas including Theriogenology (Reproduction), Large Animal Internal Medicine, Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. We provide primary and referral care for all food and fiber animal species (beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, and pigs).
- Phone: (334) 844-4490
- Fax: (334) 844-4368
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- The Business Office is open from 7:45 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday (except university holidays).
- A 4th year student resident is on duty after hours, on weekends and during university holidays to accommodate emergencies.
What We Do
- Physical examinations
- Diagnostic ultrasound
- High-resolution radiography, CAT scan and MRI techniques
- Bone scan
- Routine blood counts and serum chemistries
- Fecal examination for internal parasites
- Skin sampling for external parasites
- Cytology for determination of skin conditions or growths
The full-service hospital is equipped for the routine diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of farm animals. The college maintains a variety of stalls and facilities suitable for beef and dairy cattle, small ruminants, camelids, and swine.
We have a full-service surgical suite with the support of a board-certified anesthesiologist. We have ready access to other veterinary specialty services including radiology, dermatology ophthalmology, clinical pathology, microbiology, neurology and pathology.