The primary goals of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are:

  • to teach veterinary students in the professional curriculum;
  • to provide service to animal owners;
  • to serve as a referral center for veterinary practitioners;
  • to provide emergency care;
  • to provide telephone consultation to practitioners;
  • to provide an intellectual and academic atmosphere that is conducive to improving the state of the art of veterinary medicine

Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital Administration

Helio Autran de Morais, DVM, MS, PhD
Diplomate, ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine and Cardiology)
Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

History of development

The Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital opened in Fall, 1981, to provide education and training to veterinary students and health care for large animals through the primary care Rural Veterinary Practice group in the Corvallis and Benton County area and referral care for horses, livestock, camelids and exotics through the internal medicine and surgery services.

In April 2005, the Small Animal hospital facility opened as a referral resource for veterinarians and dog and cat owners in the state of Oregon. The hospital is organized into service areas operated by board-certified specialists to meet the special needs of companion animals with a variety of maladies. The cardiology service is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of dogs and cats with congenital or acquired cardiovascular disease. The internal medicine service is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of dogs and cats with endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine or infectious diseases. The oncology service provides diagnostic evaluations and care for animals with cancer. The surgery service receives referral orthopedic cases, soft tissue and oncologic surgery cases, and recently developed a rehabilitation service designed to meet the needs of dogs and cats with chronic disabilities. To provide the best possible care for hospitalized pets, the hospital operates and staffs an intensive care unit that is in service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Newly expanded and remodeled large animal and diagnostic imaging facilities were officially opened in May, 2008. Made possible by generous gifts from the Lois Bates Acheson Estate and the Valley Foundation, this project involved remodeling and expansion of diagnostic imaging facilities (including a 64-slice CT unit), remodeling of large animal receiving, construction of an arena and high-speed equine treadmill building for diagnosis of musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary diseases, construction of large animal isolation and intensive care facilities, and construction of office space and shelled-out research space, the latter to be completed at a later date when sufficient funding is available.