Department of Clinical Sciences

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Advancing the health
and well-being
of animals
and people




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Grant & contracts contact:

Kim Eaton
College of Veterinary Medicine
C3-513 Clinical Programs Center, Box 31
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
P   (607) 253-3170
F   (607) 253-3271

Committee on Research and Graduate Education

The Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS) faculty decided to organize the administrative structure of the department with three Associate Chairpersons. Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Education, represents volunteers from the department and other college faculty and staff in facilitating clinical research in the department. The committee’s goals are:

  • develop a cohesive and steadfast strategic plan to advance animal health and the profession;
  • provide an infrastructure to support faculty efforts to conduct clinical investigations and research;
  • foster the physical capacity required to fulfill the objectives of the strategic plan;
  • promote clinical investigations within the Department of Clinical Sciences;
  • promote communication to foster collaborations across departments, the University, and the world;
  • identify clinical and research funding opportunities for successful submissions and awards;
  • promote early stage veterinarians seeking career opportunities in clinical investigations and research;
  • disseminate accomplishments and advances in animal health to the public domain.



Jonathan Cheetham, Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery

Joseph Wakshlag, Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition, Section Chief, Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Education


Committee Members

Philippe Baneux, Director of the Center for Animal Resources and Education,
Attending Veterinarian

Erin Berthelsen, Clinical Trials Technician, Cornell University Hospital for Animals

Kim Eaton, Grant and Contract Coordinator, Department of Clinical Sciences

Douglas Fink, Materials & Safety Coordinator, Department of Clinical Sciences

Robert Goggs, Lecturer of Emergency and Critical Care

Kei Hayashi, Associate Professor of Surgery

Galina Hayes, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery

Manuel Martin-Flores, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Carol Merkur, Director of Business Operations, Department of Clinical Sciences

Gillian Perkins, Senior Lecturer of Large Animal Medicine, Cornell University Hospital for Animals Biosecurity Director

Kenneth Simpson, Professor of Small Animal Medicine

Tracy Stokol, Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Rory J. Todhunter, Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Professor of Surgery

Bettina Wagner, Harry M. Zweig Associate Professor in Equine Health, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences


Events and Seminars

Clinical Sciences Nestle Purina Seminar Series

Clinical Sciences Resident Seminar Series

Clinical Investigators' Day


Recent Grants Received by Department of Clinical Sciences Faculty

DCS Awards July 2013 - June 2014
DCS Awards January 2013 - July 2013

College of Veterinary Medicine Recent Awards


Grant Review Program

The Committee on Research and Graduate Education is committed to helping researchers develop and submit the best proposals and applications for grant support. The committee offers voluntary review of proposals for all members of the Department of Clinical Sciences and faculty in other departments in the College.

Guidelines for Voluntary Grant Reviews (pdf)

Grant Research Tools:

College Research Office - Funding Opportunities, Budgetary Rates, Forms and Templates and many other useful links

Grant Due Dates - A listing of the main funding agency deadlines used by DCS faculty

Upcoming Funding Opportunities - an updated list of grant opportunities with links for more information

IACUC Deadlines - a timeline for review of most protocols and amendments submitted to the IACUC

Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit - A professional statistical consulting service that works to enhance research at Cornell by assisting researchers with their statistical analysis

Office of Sponsored Programs - OSP oversees the administration of sponsored programs at Cornell University including sponsored research, instruction and extension

Useful Links:

Shared Facilities and Resources - within the College and University provide the capacity to conduct research and further advance research.

The Cornell University Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC) - provides an array of shared research resources and services including fee-for-service and collaborative research, technology testing and development, and educational components. 

The Cornell Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) - a service and a resource to the Cornell research and teaching community providing high quality animal care and veterinary services.

Cornell University's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) - reviews and approves all research and teaching activities involving the use of biohazardous agents

Environmental Health and Safety  -  assists with compliance to the campus community that promotes health, safety and environmental stewardship

eSirius Proposal Submission System – Cornell’s electronic protocol submission system for managing the submission and review of protocols using animals in research.

eSirius Protocol Help Documents - These documents are intended to help PIs and their research personnel perform common functions related to their IACUC protocols in eSirius, and to provide guidance on what the IACUC expects to be in protocols.

PubMed  - comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Library Gateway - Search for books, journals and more at Cornell and libraries worldwide

Grant Writing Tips Sheets -  Many NIH Institutes provide guides and tip sheets on their Web sites that can be useful resources.