CVM Offering Farm Animal Ambulatory Service

Photo of Dr. Ricardo Stockler
The Farm Animal Ambulatory Service, led by Dr. Ricardo Stockler, is providing on-location care to farm animals – beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, camelids and chickens – as well as consultations to producers, clients and referring veterinarians.

The College of Veterinary Medicine has begun offering an ambulatory service to farms in central Alabama and west Georgia.

“While we have always offered farm animal ambulatory services to the local area, the primary focus has been equine medicine and care,” said Dr. Thomas Passler, Farm Animal section head said. “I am very excited that with this new service, Dr. Stockler will renew the focus on food animal veterinary medicine. He is a very talented veterinarian, and will provide state-of-the art care to meet the needs of farm animal clients, regardless of herd size.”

The service provides individual animal medicine, reproduction and surgery, as well as herd level disease investigation. The service offers a 24-hour veterinary emergency care on the farm, as well as access to the J.T. Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“The opportunity to expand the Ambulatory Service and offer exclusive on-farm veterinary care for farm animals is humbling and of great responsibility. Having the ability to help farmers across the state of Alabama and Georgia and expose the new generation of Auburn veterinarians to agriculture are goals I take seriously,” said Dr. Stockler, who was recently appointment as a member of the Lee County, AL Cattlemen’s Association.

Senior level veterinary students will gain valuable knowledge through the service as it will be part of their clinical rotations, providing a hands-on education to students who one day will provide similar care as veterinarians

The Farm Animal Ambulatory Services will be able to transport a portable cattle chute system to farms to efficiently and economically help the producers work cattle.

Farm Animal Ambulatory Service is a program of the J.T. Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital at Auburn. Its mission is to provide exceptional medical care to animals and clinical, hands-on education to senior-level veterinary students.

For on-farm visits or appointments, call (334) 844-4490.