Auburn University’s new 208,000-square-foot Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital, located on the College of Veterinary Medicine campus, was dedicated April 11.
The facility is named for the late Wilford and Cratus “Kate” Bailey. Wilford Bailey, a 1942 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, had 50 years of continuous academic and administrative service to Auburn, including serving as Auburn’s 13th president.
“John and I did not really come to Auburn to search for role models, but it turns out the Bailey family were role models for us,” said Rosemary Brown, longtime friend of the Baileys, who along with her husband, John Brown, made a philanthropic investment through the Auburn University Foundation to benefit the College of Veterinary Medicine and to name the teaching hospital for the Baileys. The gift was in appreciation of their friendship with the Baileys, which began when the Browns were students at Auburn in the 1950s.
“The Baileys are role models every Auburn man and woman can and should emulate,” said Jimmy Rane, president pro tempore of the Auburn University Board of Trustees.
“Certainly today is a really, really great day in the life of Auburn University, said Jay Gogue, Auburn University president. “Today’s also a great day in the lives of cats and dogs—I’ve never got to say that before.”
The $47 million small animal teaching hospital, one of the largest and most technologically advanced teaching and referral hospitals in the country, currently serves a growing caseload of 15,000 new cases each year. The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Hospital, which includes the Bailey Small Animal and the J.T. Vaughan Large Animal, is the largest academic outreach program at Auburn University.