Your scheduled visit to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins with check in at the reception desk. Following a small amount of paperwork, you will be greeted in the waiting room by one or two veterinary students currently in their surgery rotation and brought to a private examination room.
The students will conduct an examination of your pet and ask you questions about your animal's history and current health. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your pet.
The students will then leave to consult with a faculty member or surgical resident about the history, physical examination and recommendations for case management. Faculty member or resident will accompany the student back to your examination room to examine your pet again and discuss options for imaging studies and potential diagnosis.
Often, you will be asked to leave your pet in the care of our students so 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 our findings later in the day.
Once our team of veterinarians has formed a diagnosis, you will receive a set of medical and surgical options tailored to your needs and those of your companion that includes financial estimates. Often animals who needs surgery are scheduled for the day following their initial appointment. We offer convenient overnight stays for animals with next-day surgeries.
Patients recovering from surgery typically stay in the hospital for several days. You animal may also be referred to our colleagues for rehabilitation, pain management or nutrition services.