Auburn University to dedicate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital April 11

AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University’s new 208,000-square-foot Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital, located on the College of Veterinary Medicine campus, will be dedicated Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m.

The ceremony will include comments from Auburn University President Jay Gogue, Board of Trustees President Pro Tempore Jimmy Rane, Provost Timothy Boosinger and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Calvin Johnson.

The facility is named for the late Wilford and Cratus “Kate” Bailey. Their son, W. Edward Bailey, will speak on behalf of the family. Auburn graduates and family friends John and Rosemary Brown will also speak. The Browns made a philanthropic investment through the Auburn University Foundation to benefit the College of Veterinary Medicine and to name the teaching hospital for the Baileys. The gift was in appreciation of their friendship with the Baileys, which began when the Browns were students at Auburn in the 1950s.

Wilford Bailey, a 1942 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, had 50 years of continuous academic and administrative service to Auburn, including serving as Auburn’s 13th president.

The $47 million small animal teaching hospital, one of the largest and most technologically advanced teaching and referral hospitals in the country, currently serves a growing caseload of 15,000 new cases each year.  The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Hospital, which includes the Bailey Small Animal and the J.T. Vaughan Large Animal, is the largest academic outreach program at Auburn University.

Inside the facility are 12 clinical services: cardiology, critical care, neurology/neurosurgery, oncology, radiology, orthopedics, physical therapy/rehabilitation, internal medicine, general surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology and theriogenology.

The new building also houses a centralized pharmacy, serving both small and large animal teaching hospitals; a Clinical Pathology department; an 82-seat high-tech conference room as well as smaller meeting spaces to expand the college’s instructional and outreach capabilities; and the Auburn University Veterinary Clinic, which is providing veterinary students experience in operating a small animal practice. The clinic is open to the public.

The facility was designed by Foil Wyatt Architects of Jackson, Miss., a firm recognized for its medical and veterinary medical facility designs. Principal architects E. Bowden “Skip” Wyatt and Mike Foil are 1968 Auburn architecture graduates. Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie served as general contractors. 

The Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital is the third major project in a master plan for the development of the CVM campus. Other facilities included the John T. Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Education Center.

The dedication of the Bailey Small Animal Hospital coincides with the College of Veterinary Medicine’s 107th Annual Conference, April 10-12, when approximately 500 veterinarians return for continuing education and alumni reunions.

The Auburn University College of Veterinary medicine has an enrollment of 480 professional veterinary students and 71 graduate students and 148 faculty members.

Contact: Janet McCoy, College of Veterinary Medicine, (334) 844-3698, (,
Mike Clardy, Auburn University Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (