September 01, 2017


 Gulf Coast will get Auburn satellite clinic

Posted Aug. 16, 2017

A rendering of Auburn's planned academic complex in Gulf Shores, Alabama (Courtesy of Auburn University)

Auburn University and the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama, broke ground June 30 for a complex that will serve as both an educational outpost for the university and a resource for Gulf Coast residents.

The College of Veterinary Medicine's referral center will be the centerpiece of the 24,000-square-foot Auburn University Educational Complex. It will serve as an extension of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Auburn, Alabama, to provide specialty and after-hours veterinary services and educational opportunities for students interested in internal medicine and surgery. The satellite clinic is located about 240 miles southwest of Auburn.

Dr. Calvin Johnson, dean of the Auburn veterinary college, said in a university press release: "We see this as an opportunity to more efficiently serve regional veterinarians and advance animal health while providing an expanded educational experience for our students and residents."

By having a base of operations in Gulf Shores, Auburn can enhance its student engagement in veterinary clinical education and laboratory training in disciplines unique to Alabama's Gulf Coast, such as marine mammal medicine, aquatic animal disease, zoological and wildlife medicine, and emergency response.

Auburn's Veterinary Teaching Hospital has long served as a referral center for veterinarians practicing in south Alabama and west Florida. The new complex will be staffed with Auburn University veterinarians and veterinary technicians and provide 24-hour care as well as offer emergency coverage, said Dean Johnson in the press release.

Other Auburn programs included in the complex are the Auburn Aviation Center, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

"Establishing the Auburn University Educational Complex in Gulf Shores advances our institution's mission by providing educational opportunities and services that are not only mutually beneficial, but also impactful," said Auburn University Provost Timothy Boosinger.