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Dr. Fairfield Bain



Dr. Bain is an Equine Internal Medicine specialist at Tennessee Equine Hospital in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee.  

Dr. Bain came from a family farm in southeastern Virginia where the main businesses were hogs, peanuts, and pine timber, and attended Hargrave Military Academy for the 11th and 12th grades.  He received his BS in Animal Science at North Carolina State University, then obtained his DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He returned to NC State for a Large Animal Internship, then pursued a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Florida, and a residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at Kansas State University.  He is board-certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  His career has included time in private referral hospitals (Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Littleton Equine Medical Center, Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery) as well as University hospitals in the US (University of Pennsylvania, Washington State University) and Australia (University of Queensland).  He served as a Clinical Professor of Equine Internal Medicine and Equine Section Head at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and most recently, he was Associate Director of the Strategic Development and Innovation team for Equine Business projects at Merck Animal Health where he was involved with new product innovation, discovery, and development and integrated between multiple units with the company including Professional Service Veterinarians, Business Development, and Research & Development.

He has been recognized by Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine with the JT Vaughan Equine Excellence Award (2022) and the Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award (2023).

He is known for his work in diagnostic ultrasound, perinatology, neonatal intensive care, equine pathology and cytology, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  He also holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

Dr. Bain’s main hobby is spending time with his wife. Beyond that, he loves shooting - archery, handguns (NRA Distinguished Expert rating in Pistols), shotguns (skeet, sporting clays), rifles, bowhunting deer and elk, camping, listening to hounds run, and Thoroughbred racing. His other favorite things include travel, photography, wine, music, food (BBQ, Southern/Soul, seafood), and early American and Virginia history.  

Dr. Bain loves Auburn University. He is an avid follower of Auburn football and basketball. Dr. Bain and Cynthia have two Jack Russells – Mojo and Maisey – and a Yorkie named Chloe.

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