The Animal Health Center (AHC) is open to the public and serves as an extension of the primary care veterinarian, providing emergency and specialty referral care for companion animals, as well as emergency, primary and specialty referral care for horses and livestock in the region.
Patients not being seen by our community veterinary services, equine service or food animal service must be referred to us by a practicing veterinarian. Referral assures the communication of test results, diagnoses and treatments between our team and your veterinarian, which is an important aspect of ensuring appropriate convalescent care for your animal at home.
The AHC is the clinical service unit of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. It is where our veterinary students gain the bulk of their clinical experience, and it offers postgraduates opportunity for expanded study as they complete internships or residencies.
As a teaching hospital, the AHC has numerous advantages, including providing our students premier learning opportunities, while our clients and patients gain access to an entire team of veterinary providers. Student involvement allows for extra time and attention to the animals as well as the time to keep clients regularly informed and up-to-date of their pets’ care and treatment.
Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive and advanced care possible, so we also work closely with referring veterinarians. Keeping them updated on the progress of the patients they have referred provides continuity for the clients and helps ensure that treatment plans are well understood and followed.
This section of our website provides an overview of the many different specialties and services the AHC offers, as well as access to referral and patient paperwork, a directory of our team members and how you can help support the teaching hospital and overall College. If after reviewing it, you have questions or need assistance, please just give us a call or shoot us an email.
We’ll be more than glad to answer your questions and help in any way!
Animal Health Center
Mississippi State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
240 Wise Center Drive
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-1351
Fax: (662) 325-4596
Joey Burt, DVM, MPH (HSA)
Assistant Dean for Clinical Services
Director, Animal Health Center
The AHC is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. Practices that accept the challenge of accreditation are evaluated on stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine and are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession. The AHC last received full accreditation in April 2023.
Only 12%–15% of veterinary practices in the US and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation.
AAHA accreditation is your assurance that your beloved pet will receive the very best care possible.