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Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital Dedicated April 11

By Ben Hohenstatt, '14

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.

  1. College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Calvin Johnson welcomes guests, alumni and friends to the dedication.

  2. Cary Clark, a veterinary medicine student, class of 2015, from Hampton, Va., spoke on behalf of all students

  3. It was a beautiful April day for a dedication.

  4. Auburn graduates and Bailey family friends John and Rosemary Brown spoke at the dedication. The Browns made a philanthropic investment through the Auburn University Foundation to benefit the College of Veterinary Medicine and to name the teaching hospital

  5. Edward Bailey, son of the late Wilford and Kate Bailey, spoke to the audience on behalf of his family.

  6. A ceremonial ribbon is cut.

  7. Dean Calvin John, John and Rosemary Brown and Ed Bailey pose for a photograph outside the new teaching hospital. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Etheridge, AU Photographic Services.

  8. The veterinary medicine seal is a prominent feature inside the teaching hospital's lobby. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Etheridge, AU Photographic Services.

  9. Dr. Bruce Smith, a researcher at the Scott-Ritchey Research Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine, gives a tour of the Oncology Service in the teaching hospital.

  10. Guests enjoy a reception in one of the lobby areas.

  11. Radiology resident Dr. Adrien-Maxence Hespel explains the 3-D printer he uses to create life-like models used to help surgeons prior to complicated surgeries.

  12. Donor columns in the Bailey Teaching Hospital stand as tribute to the hundreds to made contributions to the facility.

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