About the College  

Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

College Summary

The College of Veterinary Medicine, part of the State University of New York at Cornell University, is located on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Driving directions

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca NY 14853-6401
Phone: (607) 253-3000
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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 5,011 graduates, the College is recognized internationally as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medical education.  It is consistently ranked as a leading veterinary college by US News & World Report due to its strategic breadth of focus areas and its depth of expertise in each of those areas.

To advance the health and well-being of animals and people through education, research, and public service.

Approximately 211 faculty and 732 nonacademic staff members are employed by the College. There are 382 students enrolled in the four-year, post baccalaureate doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) program, and 129 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 (21% of the total)
  • state appropriations (24% of the total)
  • sales and service (27% of the total)
  • tuition (15% of the total)
  • gifts and endowment earnings (10% of the total)
  • univerity support (3% of the total)

The endowment totals $200.8 million as of June 30, 2014.

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 Nemo 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 Nemo 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.

Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists
Conveniently located opposite the backstretch of historic Belmont Park, Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists extends the reach of the Cornell Equine Hospital, where internationally renowned specialists inspire and capitalize on the synergy between the science and art of medicine. Cornell equine specialists leverage their knowledge, experience, and professional partnerships—including those with Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine colleagues who offer depth and breadth across the spectrum of specialties—to provide excellent specialty care in state-of-the-art facilities that promote the health and well-being of horses.

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)

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is at the intersection of Route 366 and Tower Road in Ithaca, New York, 14853. For a university, interactive map, click here.

From the north: take Route 34 South to Route 13 South to Ithaca; turn onto Buffalo Street; turn right onto Albany Street, turn left onto Green Street; turn left onto Route 366; at the Y intersection, bear right; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.
From the northeast: take Route 13 South towards Ithaca; turn left onto Route 366 (by NYSEG); turn right onto Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the south: take Route 13 North to Ithaca; turn right onto Green Street; turn left onto Route 366; at the Y intersection, bear right; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the east: take Route 79 West to Ithaca, turn right onto Pine Tree Road; continue until 4-way stop sign; turn right onto Route 366; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the west: take Route 79 East, Route 96 South, or Route 89 South to Ithaca; after you cross the inlet bridge, turn right onto Fulton (one-way street); at the Route 13/Meadow Street intersection, continue straight across onto Clinton Street; turn left onto Albany Street; turn right onto Green Street; Green Street turns into State Street and continues to be Route 79 East; continue up State Street; bear left onto Mitchell Street; bear left onto Ithaca Street; turn right onto Route 366; turn left onto Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

The information on this page is current as of October 15, 2012. Please call 607.253.3369 to confirm numbers.