A. Nickie Baird, DVM, MS, DACVS

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

A. Nickie Baird Photo


Clinical Affairs

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849



DVM, Auburn University, 1984
MS, Texas A&M
BS, North Carolina State



A tenured professor with four and-a-half years in rank and 20 years on faculty in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University, Dr. Baird served as chief of staff for nine years, a member of the Teaching Hospital Administrative Council for 15 years and a member of the hospital’s interim management team during a recent transition in directorship from 2019-20.

Dr. Baird earned the B.S. degree from North Carolina State University, the M.S. from Texas A&M University and the DVM in Auburn University’s Class of 1984. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Prior appointments include a 3-year faculty appointment at Penn and eight years as a faculty member — from 1990-98 — achieving tenured associate professor rank at Auburn.

In his role as chief of staff at Purdue, he represented the interests of the large animal faculty and staff to the hospital director. He brings a balanced perspective to the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs position at Auburn that will translate into actionable plans for further advancement of the hospital’s academic mission and operations within the context of the college’s strategic plan.

Dr. Baird was highly engaged as a faculty member over his 20-year faculty service at Purdue. He contributed approximately 24 weeks of clinical service per year in Large Animal Surgery I and contributed to didactic/lab courses in Large Animal Surgery I, Large Animal Surgery II and Applied Anatomy of Production Animals. He brings a solid record of scholarly productivity as a senior clinician in the discipline of food animal surgery and its integration with veterinary clinical education. Over the course of his appointment at Purdue, he mentored 42 graduate students, residents and interns. Of those in the graduate student track, he served as primary advisor for five and mentor for 10. In the clinical track residency program, he served as a committee member for 11 residents. He also served on five M.S. graduate advisory committees and chaired one. His excellence in student engagement is reflected in his service twice as the student-elected keynote speaker at the college’s 2020 and 2021 white coat ceremonies.

Publications and Links


Over his career, Dr. Baird has contributed to the publication of 57 peer-reviewed research papers and seven published proceedings in the field of food and fiber animal surgery, and has also contributed to multiple case studies derived from hospital patients. He has personally delivered 15 scientific lectures to regional, national or international groups and has engaged the veterinary and veterinary surgery communities with 19 national, 24 regional/state and 16 local CE presentations. These have led to 12 peer-reviewed CE publications, editorship of four books with multiple chapter contributions, and 19 published book chapters. He has been engaged in the ACVS, AABP and the World Buiatrics Congress, in addition to serving on numerous committees at the university, college and departmental levels. Collectively, Dr. Baird’s performance has demonstrated a high level of engagement in academic veterinary medicine, hospital operations, shared academic governance, specialty services and organized veterinary medicine.