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Appointment Policy

To schedule an appointment or ambulatory visit, please contact the Large Animal Teaching Hospital at  (334) 844-4490.

Please be aware that the Large Animal Teaching Hospital requires a current negative Coggins test (within the last 12 months) for all horses admitted to the hospital.  If you do not have a current negative Coggins test, the horse will be tested during hospitalization.

A deposit will be collected when a patient is hospitalized.  When a horse is admitted on a non-emergency basis, the clinicians treating your horse will provide an estimate for the cost of treatment and the deposit will be half of the high-end of the estimate.  When a horse is admitted on an emergency basis, a $600 deposit will be collected upon admission.  The clinicians will then examine the horse and provide you with a detailed estimate of the cost of care.  Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Care Credit.

Admission and Discharge

This whole area needs to be scrapped.  It should read:  “Equine patients will be admitted to the equine hospital following check-in at the LATH front desk.  The admission process can be streamlined if you call ahead to provide your contact information and information about the horse(s) that will be admitted to the hospital.

When it is time for a patient to be discharged, the clinicians taking care of your horse will schedule a discharge time.  Most discharge times occur during normal business hours; however, patients can be easily discharged after hours following a discussion with the clinician.  Prior to discharge from the hospital the Business Office will require that the account be paid in full.  Arrangements can be made with the Business Office in advance if the horse is to be discharged into the care of someone other than the individual responsible for the bill.  Please contact the Business Office with any questions regarding billing concerns at (334) 844-4490.


The Teaching Hospital provides routine and emergency health care for livestock owners within a 30 mile radius of Auburn. Call  (334) 844-4490 to schedule an appointment.


Equine cases do NOT have to be referred by a veterinarian to be admitted to Auburn University's Emergency and Critical Care Unit and our ambulatory team does make local farm calls after hours.

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