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Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

 Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Mission, Values and Vision.

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. The college strives to advance animal health through discovery-based research, the delivery of excellent clinical care, and continued vigilance against the spread of disease. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University endorses the concept of one biology in advancing the understanding of both animal and human health, encourages and fosters open collaboration across disciplines and institutional boundaries, and seeks to integrate discovery and application in order to deliver the greatest possible benefits to society.

Established by an act of the state legislature in 1894, today the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell is one of 28 veterinary colleges and schools in the United States and one of only three in the Northeast. The nation’s first veterinary degree was granted at Cornell in 1876 to Daniel Salmon, best known as the discoverer of Salmonella. The College also granted the first veterinary degree to an American woman, Florence Kimball.
With 4,669 graduates (and 4909 degreed and non-degreed alumni), the College is recognized internationally as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medical education. Ranked the number one veterinary college in the nation by US News & World Report consistently since 2000, the College's strength is due to its strategic breadth of focus areas and its depth of expertise in each of those areas.

Approximately 211 faculty and 732 nonacademic staff members are employed by the College. There are 360 students enrolled in the four-year, post baccalaureate doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) program, and 122 graduate students working toward either a master of science (MS) or doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the College in graduate fields overseen by the Cornell University Graduate School. Internship and residency programs also are offered to DVMs seeking advanced work in clinical veterinary specialties.

The annual budget of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine approximates $130.5 million. Funding sources include:

  • sponsored programs (30% of the total)
  • state appropriations (25.5% of the total)
  • sales and service (32.4% of the total)
  • tuition (15.9% of the total)
  • gifts and endowment earnings (12.1% of the total)
  • univerity support (4% of the total)
  • The endowment totals $172.1 million as of June 30, 2012.

    Animal Health Diagnostic Center.
    As a partnership between the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Center includes the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Focused on improving the health of food and fiber-producing, companion, sporting, zoo and wildlife animals, the Center also seeks to prevent communicable disease or conditions that impact human health and provides training to scientists, veterinarians and students. The Center annually conducts approximately one million diagnostic tests for animals of all species, including humans.

    Cornell University Hospital for Animals.
    Cornell's Hospital for Animals includes the Companion Animal Hospital, the Equine Hospital, the Farm Animal Hospital, the Wildlife Health Center, and the Ambulatory Clinic. Together, they provide leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation, and scientific innovation. The caseload for all of the hospitals averages approximately 61,500 animals per year (17,500 at the Companion Animal, 3,000 at the Equine and Farm Animal Hospitals, and 41,000 through the Ambulatory Clinic) and involves complex medical cases referred by veterinarians throughout the United States, primarily the Northeast. Highlights of specialty medicine services include medical and radiation oncology, equine performance testing and sports medicine, complex orthopedic surgery, and comprehensive medical imaging including MRI and CT scans.

    Cornell University Veterinary Specialists.
    Based in Stamford, CT, the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists opened its doors in January of 2011 and stands as the largest and most comprehensive university-affiliated emergency and specialty veterinary referral center in the nation. Six full-time specialists, 2 part-time specialists, and 3 emergency doctors provide 24/7 emergency and critical care services as well as state-of-the-art care in cardiology, internal medicine, surgery, oncology, specialty imaging, minimally-invasive/interventional, and nursing care.

    Baker Institute for Animal Health.
    A premier research institute at the College that is dedicated to improving animal health through basic and applied research in immunology, infectious diseases, genetics / genomics, and developmental biology.

    Feline Health Center.
    A veterinary medical specialty center devoted to improving the health and well-being of cats everywhere, the Feline Health Center finds ways of preventing and curing diseases of cats by sponsoring breakthrough feline health studies, educating veterinarians and cat owners about feline health, and aiding veterinarians when new or unknown feline diseases occur.

    Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research
    The institute seeks to control cancer in all species by identifying and developing new discoveries for clinical application, providing treatment for animals with cancer, and producing educational materials about cancer and our environment for professional and general audiences.

    Main Complex Facilities: 749,919 gross square feet Off Campus Facilities: 410,794 gross square feet (does not include satellite facility in Stamford, CT, or the Teaching Dairy Barn)


    General Information:
    Cornell University
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Ithaca, New York 14853-6401
    Phone: (607) 253-3000

    Web site:


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