Your scheduled visit to the Internal Medicine Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins with a check-in at the reception desk. Following a small amount of paperwork, you will be greeted in the waiting room by one or two students rotating on the Internal Medicine Service and be taken to a private examination room. Once there, the students will collect information relative to the history of your pet’s health and then perform a physical examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your pet.
The students will then consult with the Internal Medicine resident and faculty regarding their findings and assessments. The resident will accompany the student back into your examination room and will examine your pet again and then discuss a plan to reach a diagnosis, including optional next steps, cost and logistics. Although we encourage our residents to take the lead on first stage assessments and interactions, they are always required to consult with a faculty member to develop a plan for further diagnosis and treatment.
Often, you will be asked to leave your pet in our care such that we can begin appropriate testing. Given our schedule and consultations with other specialists regarding your pet's care, you may be asked to return to discuss the findings later in the day. Some animals with more serious conditions will be admitted to the hospital for further monitoring and treatment.