AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Hospitals around the country are facing an urgent need for ventilators to help treat COVID-19 patients. Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine is stepping up to donate necessary supplies.

The college is sending three ventilators and a variety of other medical supplies to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

“Compassion and the commitment to doing what’s in the best interest of all forms of life is what drives veterinarians,” said Dr. Calvin Johnson, dean of the college. “Through the concept of One Health, we know that humans, animals and the world in which we live are interconnected. Doctors and technicians in both arms of Auburn’s veterinary teaching hospital continue to serve our animal patients during this extraordinary time. And we are proud to know that in sharing what we can with local health care providers, we help them to provide the best treatment possible for Alabama’s citizens while we continue to offer the highest standards of care for animals.”

The college is joined by Auburn's School of Nursing, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics in sending essential supplies to the hospital.

The state of Alabama currently has over 400 cases. Lee County has 44 cases.