Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services

Make an Appointment

  • The Dermatology Service schedules appointments for horses on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. Please call 607-253-3100 to make an appointment.
  • A valid Coggin's certificate is required for transportation to the hospital.
  • It is recommended for all elective surgical appointments that your horse's temperature be checked morning and night for three to four days before your appointment. If a temperature above 101.5 degrees F is noted, please call us for recommendations or to reschedule as long transportation or anesthesia for elective surgical procedures are not recommended with a recent fever. Likewise, if your horse any signs of respiratory disease (coughing, nasal discharge, etc.), any lymph node enlargement or any diarrhea, please seek veterinary attention and call us to reschedule your appointment.
  • Please bring any pertinent medical records or have them faxed to 607-253-3787.
  • Payment is required at the time of service. (See Financial Info.)

What to Expect During Your Appointment

Your scheduled visit to the Dermatology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins when you pull up to the circular driveway in front of the Large Animal Hospital. Please park your vehicle in the driveway, come into the reception area and check in at the front desk. After a small amount of paperwork, a technician or student will help you unload and walk your horse to its assigned stall.

Equine StallOften times, you may leave your vehicle and trailer right in the driveway but, if the lot is full, the receptionist will provide you with a parking pass and directions to nearby longer-term parking where overnight parking for trucks and trailers is also available.

After your vehicle is parked, a technician and student will work together to conduct an examination of your horse and ask you questions about the animal's past medical, surgical, travel, vaccination and worming history and current health. The student will leave to report their findings to a resident or faculty member.

The resident or faculty member will return with the student to perform a second comprehensive examination that will include a discussion with the students and residents; the clinician will also discuss all of the findings with you. This evaluation will take about an hour. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing our veterinarians-in-training to interact with you and your animal.

Working together, we will discuss the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for your horse. Often, you will be asked to leave your horse in the care of our students so that we can begin appropriate testing, which can include blood tests or allergy testing. Given our busy schedule and consultations with other specialists regarding your horses's care, you may be asked to return to discuss our findings later in the day.

The dermatology service also frequently sees Cornell patients admitted under the care of other specialties.

Many skin diseases are chronic in nature and require a lifelong treatment plan. Our service will plan follow-up phone consultations with you or your referring veterinarian to ensure any chronic conditions are management well over time.