Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

Population Medicine &
Diagnostic Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
Phone: 607-253-4136


1) Ambulatory and Production Medicine
Providing large-animal clinical instruction for veterinary students, interns, and residents; conducting clinically relevant research; and participating in the veterinary and continuing education curriculum form the basis of our activities. This is partly accomplished by operating a large-animal veterinary practice that provides regular service to farms within 35 miles of Ithaca.


2) Epidemiology
Faculty within this area of the Department play key roles within the research programs of the Department, College and University. This is achieved by developing independent, externally focused research programs as well as by providing essential epidemiological expertise (study design and analysis) to other research programs within the College and University.

Additionally, faculty members of this section are involved in the teaching of our students. By participating in both the D.V.M. and graduate curricula we can share our expertise and experience on the principles of epidemiology and study design, data analysis, and infectious-disease epidemiology. In addition, our faculty teach or lead aspects of dairy production medicine throughout the D.V.M. curriculum and in continuing education.

Consistent with serving the overall mission of the Department, the primary research focus are: dairy, equine, and companion-animal health issues; food safety issues; and on zoonotic diseases. Our teaching of D.V.M. and graduate students complements these efforts.

3) Shelter Medicine
The Shelter Medicine program is committed to saving the lives and reducing the suffering of homeless dogs and cats through education, the advancement of knowledge and shelter outreach. Faculty members are actively engaged in research, outreach and teaching efforts throughout the College, University and Community at-large. We are grateful for the support of the the Maddie’s Fund ® for their support of $2.0 million to the College which allowed us to establish this comprehensive shelter medicine program.


4) Animal Health Diagnostic Center
The Animal Health Diagnostic Center, which includes the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is the only full-service, multidisciplinary animal disease diagnostic facility in the State of New York and much of the Northeast. The AHDC is dedicated to:

• improving animal health
• ensuring food safety, security and availability
• supporting the economic viability of animal industries and
• detecting conditions that might have impact on human health.

Disease testing is provided in a variety of disciplines for food- and fiber-producing, companion, performance, zoo, exotic, laboratory, and wild animals, serving more than 5,000 veterinary practices, receiving approximately 150,000 cases each year, and performing well over 1,000,000 individual tests annually.


The following academic units have service through the Animal Health Diagnostic Center: