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College showcases shelter medicine in Cornell Sesquicentennial DC Event

catOne of Cornell's many planned Sesquicentennial celebrations occurred on November 14, 2014. Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, the Janet L. Swanson Director of Shelter Medicine of Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program, gave an inspirational “RedTalk” about Cornell’s pioneering work in shelter medicine and how it has helped the health and welfare of thousands of homeless animals’ lives.

The morning after the event, 50 Cornellians, including Berliner and Dr. Michael Kotlikoff, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, volunteered at the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL). The morning was kicked off by Robert Ramin ’82, JGSM ‘85, Executive Director of WARL, who introduced the dean and Berliner and both spoke about the College’s role in improving animal health and fighting infectious disease.
Volunteers then broke into groups to help the shelter with various tasks, from walking dogs to cleaning the cat room, where Kotlikoff used a glue gun to help make a scratching post.

The dean is pictured here in the cat room with Sarah Reilly ‘09, the daughter of former Chair of the Dean's Advisory Council Dr. Phil Reilly ‘69.