Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital

Housing one of the oldest and most respected professional programs in the nation, the John Thomas Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital boasts one of the most advanced farm animal and equine facilities in the nation. The hospital offers a full spectrum of routine, emergency and specialty services through which large animal patients are provided with compassionate, leading-edge diagnosis and treatment from board-certified specialists and specially trained technicians. Its reproduction, surgery, internal medicine, lameness evaluation and large animal therapeutics are world-renowned. Expertly trained faculty clinicians train students and provide patient care for cattle, horses, camelids, porcine and small ruminants in the fields of internal medicine, surgery, sports medicine, theriogenology, emergency and critical care, anesthesia and more.

Completed in 2003, the 82,353 gross-square-foot facility is named for John Thomas Vaughan ’55, an internationally recognized equine veterinarian whose Auburn career spans more than 60 years and who served as dean from 1977-95. The program’s roots date back to 1892 when Charles Allen Cary brought the first veterinary courses for commercial breeding animals and livestock to Auburn.

This state-of-the-art teaching hospital campus includes: a dual-surface lameness arena; equine patient barns; livestock handling and hospitalization facilities; a fully-functioning Grade A commercial dairy; on-the-farm ambulatory services; advanced treatment rooms, surgical suites and recovery rooms; equine ophthalmology unit; intensive care and isolation space; more than 200 teaching herd animals on 180 acres of dedicated land; and advanced diagnostic and treatment radiology equipment such as MRI, CT, nuclear scintigraphy and linear accelerator.

Large Animal Referrals

Referrals to the JT Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital for non-emergent appointments during regular business hours or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency admission can be made by calling (334) 844-4490. Pertinent case-related information will be gathered by a team member before transferring your call to the appropriate on-duty clinician or after-hours resident.

Beyond caring for our patients and clients, communication with our referring veterinarians is our top priority. Communication with the referring vet will begin as quickly as possible following the referred patient’s admission. Our protocol is to communicate periodically throughout the hospitalization and immediately if any significant change occurs. Additionally, you will be notified at the time the patient is discharged from the hospital and discharge summaries will be emailed/faxed to you directly.

If you feel that you have not received an acceptable level of communication, please contact the clinician directly at (334) 844-4490.


Appointments are required for non-emergency visits to the Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital. An appointment coordinator is available Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm CST by phone at (334) 844-4490. Additional information about Equine and Farm Animal appointments can be found in the links below.

Areas of Specialization

Large and Small Animal

Farm Animal


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Area Accommodations

The Hotel at Auburn University – 241 S. College Street, (334) 821-8200. Discounted rates available through online reservation for owners of pets receiving treatment at the Auburn University Teaching Hospital (not available during sold out dates, graduation, home football weekends and other special events).

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1500 Wire Road, Auburn, Alabama 36832

Appointments and Emergencies: (334) 844-4490
Pharmacy: (334) 844-6023

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All fees are due at time of service. Hospitalizations require a deposit at intake equal to half of the high estimate with remaining balance due at discharge. Owners will be notified of revised estimates due to additional necessary treatments or if additional charges for lab work, etc. are incurred after discharge. Payment accepted in the form of cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. Contact our Billing Office at (334) 844-4690 with any questions about your bill or for CareCredit assistance.

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