Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University values its leadership position in academic veterinary medicine.

Advancing veterinary medicine at the interface of discovery and application is the college's unifying conceptual framework. Discoveries identified at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels ultimately inform the practice of medicine. In a parallel fashion, the organization and conduct of medicine influence the type and behavior of research. The college values scholarship across the full spectrum from molecule to medical application and demonstrates this commitment through research, educational programs and professional service. The college will continue to excel in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy.

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We extend a huge congratulations to Alexander de Lahunta, D.V.M. '58, Ph.D. '63, and Stephen Ettinger '62, D.V.M. '64, a...
06/18/2021
Cornellians awarded inaugural ACVIM Specialty Lifetime Achievement Awards

We extend a huge congratulations to Alexander de Lahunta, D.V.M. '58, Ph.D. '63, and Stephen Ettinger '62, D.V.M. '64, as they receive the inaugural Awards for Lifetime Specialty Achievement from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) announces the inaugural recipients of the Lifetime Specialty Achievement awards. These awards were established to honor the most prominent leaders in each specialty and will be presented in celebration of those who have made significant co...

Throwback Thursday Series!Join us each week as we look back at moments in the vet school's history. Here Karl White, D.V...
06/17/2021

Throwback Thursday Series!
Join us each week as we look back at moments in the vet school's history. Here Karl White, D.V.M. '67, leads three students in examining a Holstein cow in 1976.

#ThrowbackThursday
Photo: Cornell Vet

Throwback Thursday Series!
Join us each week as we look back at moments in the vet school's history. Here Karl White, D.V.M. '67, leads three students in examining a Holstein cow in 1976.

#ThrowbackThursday
Photo: Cornell Vet

For the third year in a row, our veterinarians provided on-site care for the most elite dogs in the world at the Westmin...
06/16/2021
Win-win at Westminster for Cornell veterinarians, elite dogs

For the third year in a row, our veterinarians provided on-site care for the most elite dogs in the world at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

For the third year in a row, veterinarians from the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) provided on-site care for the most elite dogs in the world, at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, June 12-13. The veterinarians were the show’s official veterinary care providers, offering wellness exams an...

Dr. Martin Gilbert of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center has joined forces with other specialists around the world to fu...
06/14/2021
Cornell Wildlife Health Center collaborates with international team to study genetic diversity in tigers

Dr. Martin Gilbert of the Cornell Wildlife Health Center has joined forces with other specialists around the world to further sequence tiger subspecies genomes in hopes of enhancing conservation efforts. “I always enjoy seeing how well researchers from all over the world are able to work together on these multi-author studies… It is all just part of the complex web of interconnections that is conservation science,” Gilbert says.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/20210607/cornell-wildlife-health-center-collaborates-international-team-study-genetic-diversity-tigers

Seventy percent of the world’s tigers live in India, and yet relatively little is known about their genetic diversity and evolutionary history. An interdisciplinary team of researchers, including the Cornell Wildlife Health Center’s Dr. Martin Gilbert, collaborated to assess the impact of habita...

“This is a significant finding of public health relevance,” says Dr. Jeongmin Song, associate professor of microbiology ...
06/11/2021

“This is a significant finding of public health relevance,” says Dr. Jeongmin Song, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, of her recent study. Song's research created and studied antibodies that neutralize harmful toxins produced by typhoid bacteria. The research team hopes their work holds promise for more effective typhoid treatments.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/20210603/toxin-neutralizing-antibodies-could-be-key-defeating-typhoid-fever

Here, a host cell infected with Salmonella Typhi bacteria.
Photo provided

“This is a significant finding of public health relevance,” says Dr. Jeongmin Song, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, of her recent study. Song's research created and studied antibodies that neutralize harmful toxins produced by typhoid bacteria. The research team hopes their work holds promise for more effective typhoid treatments.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/20210603/toxin-neutralizing-antibodies-could-be-key-defeating-typhoid-fever

Here, a host cell infected with Salmonella Typhi bacteria.
Photo provided

Throwback Thursday Series!Join us each week as we look back at moments in the vet school's history. Here veterinary stud...
06/10/2021

Throwback Thursday Series!
Join us each week as we look back at moments in the vet school's history. Here veterinary student Deborah Fisher, D.V.M. '86, gives a small tiger cat a cuddle. #ThrowbackThursday

Photo: Cornell Vet

Throwback Thursday Series!
Join us each week as we look back at moments in the vet school's history. Here veterinary student Deborah Fisher, D.V.M. '86, gives a small tiger cat a cuddle. #ThrowbackThursday

Photo: Cornell Vet

Dr. Julia Sumner, assistant professor of small animal surgery (right), guides a student through surgical training on a s...
06/09/2021

Dr. Julia Sumner, assistant professor of small animal surgery (right), guides a student through surgical training on a synthetic model.

The small animal soft tissue surgery service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) has helped countless pets over the years — treating patients with complex issues like narrowed ear canals and twisted stomachs, while also taking care of the basics like stitching up lacerations and spaying and neutering. Each surgeon who has worked under the operating room lights has brought their own expertise and skill to the service, treating students and trainees to excellent education and patients to world-class, science-driven care.

“I’m very passionate about minimally invasive surgery and look forward to expanding what we can offer clients in this area,” says Sumner. “In addition, my colleagues and I have all attended multiple advanced training sessions in minimally invasive surgery and interventional radiology and it is our hope that as a group we can continue to provide excellence in patient care and cutting-edge techniques that reduce operative morbidity to the pets that we see.”

Photo: Carol Jennings/Cornell Vet

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/20210426/stitch-time-cornell-surgeons-build-legacy

Dr. Julia Sumner, assistant professor of small animal surgery (right), guides a student through surgical training on a synthetic model.

The small animal soft tissue surgery service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) has helped countless pets over the years — treating patients with complex issues like narrowed ear canals and twisted stomachs, while also taking care of the basics like stitching up lacerations and spaying and neutering. Each surgeon who has worked under the operating room lights has brought their own expertise and skill to the service, treating students and trainees to excellent education and patients to world-class, science-driven care.

“I’m very passionate about minimally invasive surgery and look forward to expanding what we can offer clients in this area,” says Sumner. “In addition, my colleagues and I have all attended multiple advanced training sessions in minimally invasive surgery and interventional radiology and it is our hope that as a group we can continue to provide excellence in patient care and cutting-edge techniques that reduce operative morbidity to the pets that we see.”

Photo: Carol Jennings/Cornell Vet

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/20210426/stitch-time-cornell-surgeons-build-legacy

We have been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and his fans. Thank you to every...
06/08/2021

We have been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and his fans. Thank you to everyone who has pitched in to support this wonderful fund for our animal hospital!

Although this particular crowdfunding project has concluded, if you're interested in donating to the Crusoe Fund, you can still do so here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1717/alumni/index.aspx?sid=1717&gid=2&pgid=403&cid=1034&dids=5342&bledit=1

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UPDATE on The Crusoe Fund:

I can't even begin to describe how proud I am of our fans for such a successful fundraiser. We've now transferred $100,000 to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and are still finalizing the rest of our accounting/expenses, so it may be even higher by the time we're done. This is absolutely incredible, and will have such a huge impact on the care that Cornell Animal Hospital can deliver to their animals locally, but also in furthering medical research, trials, tests, etc, that will benefit animals everywhere. Thank you all so so much.

A few updates on the campaign & perks:
- All wristbands/thank you letters have been sent out as of at least a week ago. If you still have not got yours, you should soon.
- We are about 75% through producing and shipping t-shirts. As long as you filled out our t-shirt request form, don't worry, yours is coming, but I do apologize it's taken so long (we had a LOT of t-shirts to make!)
- If you did NOT fill out the t-shirt form but did get a t-shirt with your perk, email [email protected]

And as a last note, I am still extremely happy to say that my latest liver enzyme test a week ago had my numbers down even further, now back to as low/normal as they've been in the past!

Thank you

Elizabeth Berliner, D.V.M. '03, director of shelter medicine, and Jim Boudreau, executive director of the SPCA of Tompki...
06/07/2021
Pet Adoption Soared During The Pandemic. But Now, Shelters Report Overcrowding

Elizabeth Berliner, D.V.M. '03, director of shelter medicine, and Jim Boudreau, executive director of the SPCA of Tompkins County, discuss the current state of shelters and the impact COVID-19 has had.

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/06/1003713898/pet-adoption-soared-during-the-pandemic-but-now-shelters-report-overcrowding

Many animal shelters say they have too many cats and dogs in need of homes. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Cornell University's Elizabeth Berliner what's behind the complaints.

Passion for the human-animal bond brought Michelle Moyal, D.V.M. '07, section chief of primary care surgery, to the vete...
06/06/2021
Michelle Moyal, D.V.M. '07: human-animal bond fuels veterinary passion

Passion for the human-animal bond brought Michelle Moyal, D.V.M. '07, section chief of primary care surgery, to the veterinary profession. “There is no other relationship like it,” Moyal said. “And I get to be a voice and an advocate for a being that can’t speak for itself.”

Michelle Moyal, D.V.M. ’07, brings a rich perspective to her field of veterinary medicine. Brought up in the culturally diverse borough of Queens, New York, by parents who immigrated from Casablanca, Morocco, in the 1960s, Moyal attended CUNY Queens College on a basketball scholarship. “My mothe...

The clinical signs in some cats with chronic enteropathy (chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea) can be reversed with dietary...
06/05/2021

The clinical signs in some cats with chronic enteropathy (chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea) can be reversed with dietary management using a specially formulated diet. A clinical trial at our animal hospital is investigating the optimal diets for cats with this condition.

If you are in the Ithaca area, see if your cat is eligible to participate in this trial here: https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/clinical-trials/dietary-trial-cats-ibd-or-gi-lymphoma

Photo: Ludemeula Fernandes/Unsplash

The clinical signs in some cats with chronic enteropathy (chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea) can be reversed with dietary management using a specially formulated diet. A clinical trial at our animal hospital is investigating the optimal diets for cats with this condition.

If you are in the Ithaca area, see if your cat is eligible to participate in this trial here: https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/clinical-trials/dietary-trial-cats-ibd-or-gi-lymphoma

Photo: Ludemeula Fernandes/Unsplash

When a patient is only 6.4 pounds, certain procedures can get tricky. That was the case for Buttercup, an 11-month-old M...
06/03/2021

When a patient is only 6.4 pounds, certain procedures can get tricky. That was the case for Buttercup, an 11-month-old Maltese-yorkie mix, who suffered from a deadly congenital cardiac defect.
https://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/20210521/tiny-dog-s-big-heart-procedure-first-its-kind-cornell

Photo provided.

When a patient is only 6.4 pounds, certain procedures can get tricky. That was the case for Buttercup, an 11-month-old Maltese-yorkie mix, who suffered from a deadly congenital cardiac defect.
https://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/20210521/tiny-dog-s-big-heart-procedure-first-its-kind-cornell

Photo provided.

June's entry in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals 2021 Calendar is this bobcat kitten. Staff at the Janet L. S...
06/02/2021

June's entry in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals 2021 Calendar is this bobcat kitten. Staff at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital received a call from a person in Newfield, New York, who had discovered two bobcat kittens on the road near their home, not far from where an adult bobcat had been hit by a car and killed the week before. By the time an officer from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation could arrive on the scene, only one kitten could be found. It was rescued and transported to Cornell.

The kitten, which was approximately 10 weeks old at the time, was emaciated and severely dehydrated. It quickly responded to treatment and supportive care, and was transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for further care until it was ready to be released back into the wild.

Photo: Melissa Groo

June's entry in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals 2021 Calendar is this bobcat kitten. Staff at the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital received a call from a person in Newfield, New York, who had discovered two bobcat kittens on the road near their home, not far from where an adult bobcat had been hit by a car and killed the week before. By the time an officer from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation could arrive on the scene, only one kitten could be found. It was rescued and transported to Cornell.

The kitten, which was approximately 10 weeks old at the time, was emaciated and severely dehydrated. It quickly responded to treatment and supportive care, and was transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for further care until it was ready to be released back into the wild.

Photo: Melissa Groo

Amidst all the changes brought about by the pandemic, there were some commencement traditions that remained the same thi...
06/01/2021
An unconventional send-off for veterinary class of 2021

Amidst all the changes brought about by the pandemic, there were some commencement traditions that remained the same this year - including the waving of inflated palpation gloves by our wonderful graduates. Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Fresh from clinical rotations, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2021 celebrated commencement last week with unconventional ceremonies that wrapped up an unconventional academic year. The class comprises 107 newly-minted veterinarians with career plans that range from em...

From the Cornell Wildlife Health Center and the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital: Beavers are the largest rodent in No...
05/30/2021

From the Cornell Wildlife Health Center and the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital: Beavers are the largest rodent in North America, and have a transformative impact on their surrounding environment. Their expertly built dams alter waterways to slow-moving ponds that support a diverse wetland biological community.

Our wildlife hospital has seen a recent influx of beaver patients, including this approximately two-week old kit (~1 pound, on the left), whose mother and siblings were all killed by a car while crossing the road, and this large adult male (~45 pounds, on the right), that has a large wound on its forelimb. Both are expected to make a full recovery and eventually be released.

From the Cornell Wildlife Health Center and the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital: Beavers are the largest rodent in North America, and have a transformative impact on their surrounding environment. Their expertly built dams alter waterways to slow-moving ponds that support a diverse wetland biological community.

Our wildlife hospital has seen a recent influx of beaver patients, including this approximately two-week old kit (~1 pound, on the left), whose mother and siblings were all killed by a car while crossing the road, and this large adult male (~45 pounds, on the right), that has a large wound on its forelimb. Both are expected to make a full recovery and eventually be released.

Teens, do you love animals? Considering a career as a veterinarian, farmer, zookeeper, trainer or technician? Two of our...
05/29/2021

Teens, do you love animals? Considering a career as a veterinarian, farmer, zookeeper, trainer or technician? Two of our candidates of veterinary medicine are running the virtual course "Animals: An Overview of Veterinary Medicine," which will introduce you to the training, skills and responsibilities required to work in the profession.

It runs Aug. 2-6 and is for learners aged 13-15. Learn more about this online course here: https://sce.cornell.edu/youth/program/teen-vet

Photo: Chris Kitchen/Cornell

Teens, do you love animals? Considering a career as a veterinarian, farmer, zookeeper, trainer or technician? Two of our candidates of veterinary medicine are running the virtual course "Animals: An Overview of Veterinary Medicine," which will introduce you to the training, skills and responsibilities required to work in the profession.

It runs Aug. 2-6 and is for learners aged 13-15. Learn more about this online course here: https://sce.cornell.edu/youth/program/teen-vet

Photo: Chris Kitchen/Cornell

“When you hear an individual’s story and what challenges they had to deal with, I think that really makes it sink in,” s...
05/29/2021
Cornell, Cancer Resource Center partnership opens students’ eyes to realities of disease

“When you hear an individual’s story and what challenges they had to deal with, I think that really makes it sink in,” says Dr. Robert Weiss, professor of molecular genetics, about the Cornell Community Cancer Partnership, which has brought students, researchers and community members together for weekly discussions about cancer for nine years.

ITHACA, NY -- In 2012, Bob Riter, then the Executive Director of the local Cancer Resource Center, and Robert Weiss, a Professor of Molecular Genetics at Cornell, met to discuss

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