Farm Animal Appointments
The Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital farm animal service offers access to board-certified veterinarians, veterinary residents in advanced specialist training programs, animal health technicians, patient care specialists, client service representatives, administrators and veterinary students. The team works together to provide the most advanced medical, surgical and diagnostic services to animal owners and referring veterinarians while delivering the highest possible standard of compassionate veterinary care and training for the next generation of veterinary practitioners and specialists.
Appointments are required for all non-emergency cattle, goat, sheep, pig or camelid appointments and can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 4:30pm Central by calling (334) 844-4490. The hospital is open for emergency admission of patients 24/7, including holidays. Customer service representatives work closely with referring veterinarians, facilitate admission of patients needing emergency medical care and guide clients through the process of deciding which area of specialization is most appropriate to diagnose and treat your animal. Call (334) 844-4490 to arrange emergency admission or to schedule an appointment.
What to expect:
- Upon arrival to the Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital, turn into the hospital driveway from Wire Road and continue to the farm animal client entrance. Please arrive 10 minutes early for your scheduled appointment to allow for parking and check-in.
- When you arrive at the gate, call (334) 844-4490 to check-in for the appointment and for entry to the farm animal hospital area.
- Drive to the unloading area where you will be assisted with the movement of your animal.
- A veterinary technician and 4th year student will greet you to collect information about the patient’s history and current health.
- The patient will be examined by a 4th-year veterinary student (veterinarian in training), a resident veterinarian (specialist in training) and a faculty clinician (specialist veterinarian).
- Following the examination, treatment options will be discussed with you and a plan for your animal’s care will be made.
- Please prepare for extended appointment times to support the educational process and in the event your animal requires further testing and/or treatment.
- In cases where additional treatment is needed and authorized, you will be required to sign an itemized estimate/treatment plan and pay any necessary deposits before further diagnostics or treatments are performed. (see payment information below)
What to bring:
- Bring to the appointment all available medical records, radiographs and medications that the animal is currently receiving.
- Payment is due at time of service. Bring a payment method to cover estimated costs and any required deposits. All cost of care estimates will be discussed with you prior to treatment and a deposit equal to one-half of the high-end cost estimate is required upon admission. The full balance of the bill is due at the time of discharge.
- Insurance is accepted for farm animals requiring inpatient care. At the time of appointment scheduling, please inform us of any major medical, emergency colic or surgical coverage you have for the patient. Call (334) 844-6459 for additional insurance-related information.