About the College

Cornell’s program in veterinary medicine is the oldest in the United States, having granted the nation’s first doctor of veterinary medicine degree to Daniel E. Salmon, who went on to discover Salmonella, and the first American college to grant a veterinary degree to a woman, Florence Kimball. Today, Cornell is the number one ranked veterinary college in the United States, reflecting the unique breadth and depth of the College, which includes an innovative problem-based teaching program; leading-edge hospitals, including a world-class teaching hospital in Ithaca, NY, and the country’s largest university-affiliated emergency and specialty referral veterinary practice in Stamford, CT; world-renowned animal disease research, outreach, and surveillance programs, including the Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Baker Institute for Animal Health, and the Feline Health Center; and internationally recognized biomedical research laboratories.

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Our Vision

Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine aspires to be a global leader in animal health. With teaching, research, and service programs that improve the quality of life for animals and people across the country and on multiple continents, the College is focused on enhancing its position as the top-ranked veterinary college in biomedical discovery.

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Our Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan

The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine takes pride in its rich tradition as an innovator in veterinary education, animal disease discovery, clinical programs, and biomedical research. To continue to prepare leaders who will positively shape the profession of veterinary medicine and thus maintain a leadership position, it must creatively address the significant challenges facing academic veterinary medicine. Under the direction of Dean Michael Kotlikoff, faculty, alumni, and members of the veterinary community engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning effort to develop strategic goals and enabling strategies for each of the College’s four mission areas – education, clinical service, research, and diagnostics.

 

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Campaign Priorities -- An Overview

The College’s consistent number one ranking and its strength as a leader in veterinary medical education, animal medicine, biomedical research and public health springs from the combined strengths of its program and the people behind them. Their work has a profound impact on the health and well-being of animal and human health every day and a tremendous impact on the direction the profession of veterinary medicine takes. To maintain its position of influence and continue preparing highly trained veterinarians capable of anticipating and responding to some of society's most challenging issues, the College has identified five priority areas:

Faculty Renewal
Professional Student Scholarships/Fellowships/Residencies
Service Learning and Engagement
Life Sciences Research
Library Collections
Annual Fund Support

Faculty Renewal

World-renowned, the College’s faculty members have all played a pivotal role in advancing the veterinary profession, through discovery, education, patient care, and community service. With many of these influential leaders planning for retirement, the College must recruit a new generation of equally talented paradigm-shifters who will continue to address some of society’s most pressing veterinary and human health issues at a time when faculty retirements at institutions across the country are at all-time highs. Support for faculty – endowed and through the Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellows program – will help us prepare for these impending retirements.

Professional Student Scholarships, Fellowships, Residencies

Access to Cornell’s highly specialized veterinary education program is in jeopardy for two reasons:

  • The debt to salary ratio for new graduates is an impediment.
  • When compared to the other top-ranked veterinary colleges, Cornell has the fewest seats for veterinary candidates and they are the hardest to get.

 

These challenges are influencing who is able to enter the profession and the number of people qualified to care for the health and well-being of animals and people. With your help, we can remove these barriers to the profession through endowed scholarships that will support tomorrow’s veterinarians, endowed residencies for those who want to pursue specialty medicine, and graduate fellowships that will enable promising scientists who are working side-by-side leading researchers.

Service Learning and Engagement

Through service-learning opportunities, Cornell students build clinical competencies by providing direct care to animals and develop a deeper understanding of serving those less fortunate. These structured and supervised hands-on training opportunities empower students to speak for those who can’t and to serve those who might not otherwise have access to appropriate medical care. To meet our goals, we invite you to partner with us to strengthen our equipment, supply and travel funds for students in service-learning opportunities like the Cornell-Shelter Outreach Services collaborative teaching program. In addition, we seek support to secure the future of the Southside Healthy Pet Clinic, Maddies’® Shelter Medicine Program, and Expanding Horizons.

Life Sciences Research

The College is a leader in medical research, spanning basic biomedical discoveries, high impact clinical innovations, and environmental and epidemiological studies. Many of the College’s research programs involve cross-Cornell collaborations, and College faculty members continue to play key roles in strategic and innovative initiatives that target the treatment of disease. With a focus on Infectious Disease Control, Comparative Genomics, Comparative Reproductive Medicine, and Cancer Research, discoveries made at the College impact all species. Endowments for life sciences research to advance the prevention and treatment of disease in all species will ensure that we continue to advance the health and well-being of animals and people.

Library Collections

The College seeks to grow its endowed fund to enhance and improve collections.
 
To advance veterinary medicine, animal and human health, the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library must expand its collections. Crucial elements to providing students with access to the most
current scholarship include:
 
• More ebooks and ejournals in human medicine
• Expanded reference materials on public health, global medicine, teaching and research
• Resources on emerging subject areas, including drug discovery
• Business management literature and pet health marketing studies
• Curation of rare and historical books in veterinary medicine essential to the profession
 
An endowment of $250,000 will ensure the expansion of the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library’s collections to continue to meet the needs of students and faculty in the future. You can help leave a lasting legacy for the Library with a gift to the Campaign for Collections today.

 

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Annual Fund

Annual Fund dollars are put to use as soon as they are given, providing the dean with the flexibility to address needs as they arise, as well as anticipated priorities of the College. Annual Fund gifts help equip the labs of bright new faculty choosing to teach at Cornell; they fund new initiatives, ideas, and efforts; and they support student needs in classrooms, the library, and labs. Every department and every student at the College is touched by gifts to the Annual Fund. 

Portrait

Avery August, PhD ’94
Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
College of Veterinary Medicine
Targeting asthma in animals and humans
Conducting research on diseases common in humans and animals alike allows Avery August to make discoveries otherwise impossible. Mice, for example, no longer develop asthma when a particular enzyme is targeted. This novel research begs the question: can scientists create new medicines that are similarly effective in humans?
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College News

The College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to welcome G. Leonard Johnson as the new Assistant Dean for Marketing & …
The College of Veterinary Medicine welcomes new faculty in 2014.
With a five year $4.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, College scientists will develop …
Approximately 65 members of the College community performed the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge.
Dr. Alexander J. Travis shares an opinion piece on environmental policy on popular policymaker news source "The Hill."
A pair of unique surgical procedures performed on animals promises to revolutionize the ways surgeons repair cartilage and …
Dr. Joseph Wakshlag shares tips and insights in a New York Times piece about sports nutrition for dogs.
A study of black rhinos in Namibia suggests that proper positioning during anesthesia helps the large animals breathe more …
Dr. Joseph Kinnarney '80 has been chosen as the new president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Richard Basom '44 name the College as a beneficiary to a $500,000 charitable trust.
You could call it "Veterinarians: The Next Generation," as grandfather, father, and son have all shaped the care at Palmer …
Dr. Lila Miller '77 will be recognized with the Daniel Elmer Salmon Award for Distinguished Alumni Service.
With a new $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cornell faculty have embarked on a quest using …
An article uses Cornell's programming as a model to discuss how institutions can integrate a broader set of learning tools …
Lt. Cmdr. Danielle Buttke, DVM('09)/PhD ('10) received the 2014 James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award from the …
People from across Cornell and far beyond have banded together to ensure the wellbeing of E3, the youngest of three …
Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), a National Institutes of Health-funded program, offers career …
As manager of the AHDC Receiving Department, Dr. Korana Stipetic makes sure samples get where they need to go.
Cornell researchers have identified a type of immune system cell that prevents a patient's body from attacking donor cells …
Drs. Eric Ledbetter and Michele Edelmann are evaluating the effect of adjunctive treatment with platelet rich plasma (PRP) …
Summer means tick season in many parts of the United States. Drs. John Schaefer and Amy Glaser provide answers to …
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine received $12,000 in scholarships to be divided between two students.
Cornell researchers have identified a type of immune system cell that prevents a patient's body from attacking donor cells …
Dr. Bettina Wagner explains the significance of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center's multiplex assay used for testing for …
Cornell researchers have launched the Cornell Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) website through which the public can find the …
Clinical pathologist Dr. Tracy Stokol has been investigating how equine herpes virus-1 (EHV-1) triggers blood clots.
In horses and their close relatives (donkeys and zebras), unusual cells of the placenta invade the mother's womb during …
Dr. Rodney Dietert shares an invited blog post on how to add introspection to the scientific research model.
Dr. Brian Collins, director of the Community Practice Service at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, has been honored …
David Howe has been named the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration at Cornell University's College of Veterinary …
Expanding its capacity to offer emergency and specialty care for horses, Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES) has …
Striving to boost the number of female leaders in veterinary medicine, Cornell veterinary students have launched a student …
Sarah Miller, veterinary technician in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, and Joseph Ebel, manager of Technical …
Striving to boost the number of female leaders in veterinary medicine, Cornell veterinary students have launched a student …
A Cornell study found that infants' immune systems respond to infection with more speed and strength than those of adults, …
The Cornell Stem Cell Program held its second Stem Cell Retreat May 17 on campus to promote cross-campus interactions and …
Students in the Equine Specialty Rotation spent a week honing their dentistry skills at the Cornell John T. Oxley …
More than 100 guests joined officials from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine on May 7, 2014 to celebrate …
Dr. William E. Hornbuckle, an emeritus professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University College of …
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In the News

Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists tackle horse health challenges
California Chrome controversy highlights that opinions differ on nasal strips.
Cornell professor Dr. Daniel J. Fletcher, a veterinary specialist in emergency and critical care, taught veterinarians, …
Most little girls want puppies or kittens or maybe rabbits for pets. Tiffany Chu, 36, wanted a goat.
Cornell researchers report they have discovered direct genetic evidence that a family of genes, called MicroRNA-34 …
Dr. Katherine Houpt discusses the relationship between neutering/spaying dogs and behavior.
Dr. Donald Smith discusses the role of women in veterinary medicine.
CUVS recently earned "Best in Urgent Care for Pets" recognition from Serendipity, a magazine that covers Fairfield and …
Listen to Cornell's overview of the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show!
The College will partner with the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition to present the Dairy Cow Birthing Center exhibit.
Dr. Alfonso Torres, working in collaboration with Dr. Peter Fernandez from APHIS, is leading the charge to increase the …
The New York State Gaming Commission and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine announced the appointment …
Dr. John Hermanson discusses the cost of locomotion in the water in this article.
Dr. Yrjo Grohn, professor of epidemiology at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been honored with a lifetime …
Dr. Lisa Fortier shared her picks for the top surgery- and lameness-related studies at the American Association of Equine …
Dr. Jarre Jagne discussed the multi-state disease survey of backyard poultry and small commercial flocks at the 150th …
Dr. Don Smith was named a veterinarian to watch by Veterinary Practice News.
Dr. Deborah Pierce shares her experience with the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.
The Baker Institute for Animal Health sponsored the fifth annual blessing of the animals in New York.
Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has signed a lease-buy agreement with Racebrook Capital Advisors, LLC, …
Cornell researchers have discovered that many of the endangered great white shark's proteins involved in an array of …
Presented by the Washington Art Association and as a benefit for the Baker Institute for Animal Health, this exhibit is …
Cornell's Teaching Dairy Barn is highlighted in Modern Farmer.
Dr. Ed Dubovi explains the disease.
A Cornell alum offers advice in case of an emergency.
Cornell University researchers have recently determined that, in equids at least, it’s the father’s genes that take the …
Cornell offers an approach for laying pets to rest that is increasingly used around the country.
The Cornell Companions pet visitation program has been enhancing life for people around Ithaca for many years. Join them!
Dr. Susan Hackner discusses Cornell University Veterinary Specialists.
Six faculty members and two alumni of Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been chosen as inaugural inductees …
Three members of Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine – Donald F. Smith, Kenneth Simpson and Leslie D. Appel – have …
Nemo's story has been featured in hundreds of publications around the world.
Maddies' Shelter Medicine and veterinarians working locally in Niagara county communities are tackling population issues.
Veterinarians will present a seminar on advances in equine health practices and procedures for horse breeders, owners and …
Lessons learned from treating Nemo will have far-reaching benefits for other large animals.
Dr. Adam Boyko discusses the history of dogs in America.
Cornell's new Teaching Dairy Barn is the cover story for Architectural Record.
Dr. Gary Whittaker's research has captured international attention.
Research from Dr. Gary Whittaker's lab has brought scientists closer to understanding why a common virus infecting cats …
Students at the College of Veterinary Medicine recently organized a 3-day, hands-on event for NYS teens aimed at …

Contacts

Development

Kevin Mahaney
Assistant Dean, Alumni Affairs, Development, and Communications
S2004 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
km70@cornell.edu

 

Communications

Stephanie Specchio
Director, Communications
S2016 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
sas6@cornell.edu