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New leadership at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Dr. Lorin Warnick has been named the Director of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA), effective April 20, 2012. Warnick is committed to building on past successes of the hospital in ensuring quality care for patients; a quality experience for our hospital clients, and referring veterinarians; and a quality education for our veterinary students and veterinarians in internship and residency programs.

To accomplish this, Warnick’s immediate goals are to work with the leadership in place at CUHA to understand the direction of programs and ongoing projects so as not to lose any momentum and facilitate a smooth leadership transition. In addition, he intends to expand the role of CUHA in the veterinary education program at the College and will continue to nurture the kind of clinical scholarship that is the engine for advancements in the profession. He intends develop fiscally responsible and sustainable programs, deliver excellent patient care and client service, and strengthen relationships with referring veterinarians.

“I’m extraordinarily pleased that Dr. Warnick has accepted this new role at the College,” said Dr. Michael I. Kotlikoff, Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “He has been a leader at the College for many years, serving in a wide range of posts. In each position, he has added tremendous value to the tasks at hand, always mindful of connecting activities to the overall vision of the College and the University and eagerly accepting new challenges. I look forward to the insights he will bring to our teaching hospital operation and the innovations that will spring from them.”

The Hospital’s mission is to provide leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation, and scientific innovation. As a venue for faculty to provide an exemplary education for veterinary medical students and one of the State’s leading specialty referral practices, the Hospital serves all species and offers services that range from anesthesia and behavior to neurobiology, orthopedic surgery, and wildlife medicine. The hospital provides service to 21,000 animals annually in the Companion Animal, Equine and Farm Animal, and Camelid Hospitals and Wildlife Health Center on the Cornell campus in Ithaca and sees over 35,000 animals through its Ambulatory and Production Medicine Service which provides on-farm service in the surrounding area.

“I am excited to join the committed and talented faculty and staff at CUHA,” said Warnick, adding that the veterinarians, technicians, students, and staff are the Hospital’s greatest asset. “I look forward to working more closely with the college’s clinical programs and to interactions with CUHA clients and referring veterinarians.”

Warnick received his DVM degree from Colorado State University and his PhD in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. He is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1996 and had responsibilities for clinical service and teaching as well as research in the epidemiology of zoonotic infectious diseases. He has served since 2007 as Associate Dean with responsibilities for veterinary education and continuing education programs.

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