Providing an outstandinglevel of health care forour animal patients.

Large Animal Medicine

Emily John

JT McClure


Laurie McDuffee


DVM, Colorado State University, USA
Large Animal Surgery Internship, Cornell University, USA
Equine Surgery Residency, University of California, USA
PhD Comparative Pathology, Biomechanics, University of California, USA


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Clinical Interests

Stem cell therapy for promotion of musculoskeletal injuries. Equine behaviour and behaviour modification.

Research Specialty

Equine Predominant: Bone healing, stem cell therapy, behavior, stress, equine assisted therapy, human horse bond.

Ben Stoughton

Dr. Stoughton received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in 2004. He then completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), also from the University of Florida, in 2008. He then completed an Equine Internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala, FL, in 2009. His Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine was at Texas A&M University from 2009-2012. After that, he became Board Certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine (ACVIM Diplomate), 2013. His PhD (Biomedical Sciences) was earned at Texas A&M University in 2016. After a stint as a Lecturer at Texas A&M University in 2017, he became an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Internal Medicine at UPEI (2017-Current).

Dr. Stoughton is a large animal internal medicine specialist. He works as part of the Large Animal Hospital team treating various medical and surgical conditions in large animals. Most of his cases are referred from other veterinarians in the community. For example, if your horse needs intensive medical care or advanced diagnostics because it is not responding to treatment at the farm, he will be leading the team to care for your animal. He has a particular interest in veterinary parasitology, neonatology, neurology, diagnostic ultrasonography and equine cardiology.

Dr. Stoughton currently has 4 children, 8 chickens, 3 cats, 2 horses, and 1 dog and is greatly helped by his lovely wife of over 15 years. His hobbies include photography, vegetable farming and creating and eating spicy salsa. He seeks to live Coram Deo.

About us

The AVC-VTH is passionate about its goal to provide an outstanding level of health care for its animal patients while also providing clinical teaching and instruction to our senior (final year) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, interns and residents.[more]

Clinic hours

The AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital operates 24-7-365. Our front desk is staffed from 8am until 11pm 7 days a week. Clients can call to make appointments, request prescription refills, or to make other general inquiries during those hours. Appointments for Community Practice and Specialty Services are scheduled from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm based on service availability. Clients with animal emergencies can call at any time 24-7-365.

Emergency Care 24-7-365

If you are a small animal pet owner experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 or our primary Emergency Service. If you are a registered large animal client of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (including Farm Service and Ambulatory Equine Service clients) and are experiencing an emergency, please call 902-566-0950 and our team will contact the appropriate on-call large animal clinician.

To make an appointment

AVC Small Animal Hospital
Companion animals, exotic animals, pocket pets, wildlife

AVC Large Animal Hospital
Horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and other farm animals

AVC Ambulatory Equine Services
On-farm and racetrack care for horses

AVC Farm Service
Herd health, on-farm and emergency service for cattle, pigs, fish and other farm animals