Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals
Return to Normal Operations
Based on current state and university pandemic guidelines, the Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals are beginning to return to normal operations. Over the past several weeks we implemented new safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and, as we expand operations, many of these will be maintained – at least for the foreseeable future.
As of June 1, we began increasing the type and number of patient cases we are accepting, to improve quality of life for patients and prepare for students’ return later this month. Most fourth-year students will return to hands-on clinical education on June 22, increasing the ability to treat patients and, as a result, the number of appointments scheduled.
While we gradually expand scheduled appointments, our top priority will continue to be protecting the health and safety of students, employees, clients and patients. The key to this is continued physical distancing and safety procedures.
We have implemented the following guidelines to aid in creating the safest possible environment for all visitors and employees:
- employees will follow sanitation guidelines in accordance with CDC standards
- most communications will continue to occur by phone
- client access to hospital facilities – restrooms and waiting areas — will be limited, to maximize available space while providing adequate distance among clients
- clients should wear masks and physically distance for the duration of their time in the hospital facilities
- clients should make every effort to not bring children to the hospital
- clients are encouraged to leave campus while waiting, whenever possible
- no more than two people per patient will be allowed in the waiting area
- bring water and snacks if needed, access to water fountains and vending is not guaranteed
- we will continue to ask COVID-19-related screening questions prior to admission
- any client who has tested positive in the last 14 days, has recently been exposed or is currently showing symptoms, should have someone else bring the patient to the hospital
These procedures are subject to change according to national, state and university guidelines. Please check back for the latest updates prior to your appointment.