Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

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New York State College of Veterinary Medicine
Type Statutory college
Veterinary school; Graduate and Professional School only
Established 1894
Dean Lorin Warnick
Academic staff
Postgraduates 335[2]
Location Ithaca, New York, U.S.

New York State College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the Cornell University campus, Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1894, it is the first statutory college established by the State University of New York (SUNY) system.


Established by the New York State Legislature in 1894,[3] ratified by former Governor Roswell P. Flower, an individual who had become convinced of the value of veterinary medicine education by virtue of his personal farming experience. The College of Veterinary Medicine is an internationally recognized institution of public health, biomedical research, and veterinary medicine education.

The New York State legislature allocated funding to build a veterinary medicine education building on the Cornell University campus, completed in fall of 1896, which is now part of Ives Hall.[4] In 1957, New York state construction of a new veterinary medicine education complex on the eastern edge of the Cornell campus. Today the College of Veterinary Medicine is one of 30 veterinary colleges in the country, and one of only three in the Northeastern United States.[5]

Deans of New York State College of Veterinary Medicine
James Law 1894–1908
Veranus Alva Moore 1908–1929
Pierre Augustine Fish 1929–1931
William Arthur Hagan 1932–1959
George C. Poppensiek 1959–1974
Edward C. Melby, Jr. 1975–1984
Robert D. Phemister 1985–1995
Franklin M. Loew 1995–1997
Donald F. Smith 1997–2007
Michael I. Kotlikoff 2007–2015
Lorin Warnick 2015–present [6]

Academic Programs[edit]

New York State College of Veterinary Medicine is one of three institutions of higher education in veterinary medicine in the Northeastern United States, and one of a group of 28 Colleges and Schools of veterinary medicine education throughout the country. The core mission of the College is research and graduate veterinary education and public service.

Noted for D.V.M., M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs, and research programs including New York State Diagnostic Laboratory, Baker Institute for Animal Health, a center for canine and equine research, the Feline Health Center, and biomedical research laboratories, The New York State College of Veterinary Medicine ranks amongst the best in its field, selected as one of the best college for veterinary medicine by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges edition.

The DVM degree program provides student instruction in the biological basis of medicine, training in primary and referral veterinary care in the veterinary teaching hospital and ambulatory services, and instructed practice in the Community Practice Service primary care clinic. Direct access to numerous innovative dairy farms in the upstate New York region facilitate training in food animal medicine. Cornell is consistently ranked the best veterinary college in the nation.[7]

State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students have been selected for prestigious Medical Research Fellowships.[8] The College is in the process of expanding its class size from just 90 students a few years ago, to 120 by 2017.[9]

Capital Projects[edit]

The Pre-Clinical Class Expansion Project is a facility renovation and new construction project that will enable the College to address the following key factors:

-limited access to a Cornell veterinary education for New York State students; -competitive disadvantage and a declining impact among top-tier institutions; -need for additional revenue to replace decline in New York State funding; and, -existing hospital capacity to train additional Cornell veterinary students.

This capital project will allow the College to maximize the capacity of the teaching hospitals with Cornell-trained students. Currently, we train approximately 120 students during the fourth year, but only just over 100 of those students have completed their pre-clinical studies at Cornell. With this renovation, Cornell will be able to train 120 students in each of the pre-clinical years. Once fully implemented, Cornell's DVM enrollment will stand at approximately 480 students in total, or 120 students per class year. The entering class enrollment for the past two years has been 102 students. The facility project will include renovation and expansion of classrooms, teaching laboratories, cafeteria, locker rooms and shower facilities. The project will also create a new entrance off Tower Road that will unite the entrances for Schurman Hall, the Veterinary Education Center, and the Veterinary Research Tower and establish appropriate public atrium space for large gatherings and presentations.[10]

In recent years, some controversy at the College has surrounded clinician care.[11][12]


  1. ^ About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University
  2. ^ Cornell Factbook - Professional Schools Enrollment
  3. ^ N.Y.S. Education Law § 5711.
  4. ^ It is now a part of Ives Hall.
  5. ^ "NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University". State University of New York. 
  6. ^ "Lorin Warnick named dean of vet school". Farm Journal, Inc. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Vet College is No. 1 in U.S. News rankings
  8. ^ "HHMI Selects 66 Medical Research Fellows". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ Jurga, Fran (March 28, 2016). "Class of 2020: A Changing Map for Aspiring Veterinary Students". EQUUS. 
  10. ^ "[1]". Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.
  11. ^ Mueller, Benjamin (September 3, 2015). "Veterinary Student Expelled Over a Pet Loses a Court Fight With Cornell". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ Klepper, David; Dobnik, Verena. "To claw or not to claw? NY cat proposal sparks frisky debate". Associated Press. 

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