Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

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New York State College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.jpg
Lefty's Plaza, CVM Center, Veterinary Research Tower
TypeStatutory college
Veterinary school; Graduate and Professional School only
Established1894; 127 years ago (1894)
DeanLorin Warnick
Academic staff
Location, ,

42°26′51″N 76°27′54″W / 42.4475°N 76.4649°W / 42.4475; -76.4649Coordinates: 42°26′51″N 76°27′54″W / 42.4475°N 76.4649°W / 42.4475; -76.4649
AffiliationsCornell University
State University of New York

The New York State College of Veterinary Medicine is a college of veterinary medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1894, it is the first statutory college established by the State University of New York (SUNY) system.


The College of Veterinary Medicine was established by the New York State Legislature in 1894,[3] and 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.[citation needed][4] In 1957, New York state construction of a new veterinary medicine education complex on the eastern edge of the Cornell campus.

In 2015, the college completed a construction project that expanded class size capabilities and created an atrium and plaza.[5] Three years later, it opened its Small Animal Community Practice, where student veterinarians perform vaccinations and routine surgeries with guidance from faculty.[6] In 2019, it expanded its curriculum by creating the Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship,[7] followed in 2020 by the Cornell Wildlife Health Center.[8] Due to the established infrastructure of its Animal Health Diagnostic Center, the college operated the Cornell COVID-19 Testing Laboratory for the university, which in April 2021 passed 1 million tests.[9]

The College of Veterinary Medicine is one of 30 veterinary colleges in the country, and one of only three in the Northeastern United States.[10]

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 [11]

Academic programs[edit]

The Cornell University 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 30 Colleges and Schools of veterinary medicine education throughout the country. The core mission of the College to advance the health and well-being of animals and people through education, research, and public service.[12]

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 Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine ranks amongst the best in its field, selected as one of the best colleges 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.[13]

State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students have been selected for prestigious Medical Research Fellowships.[14] The College recently expanded its class size from just 90 students a few years ago, to 120.[15]

In recent years, some controversy at the College has surrounded clinician care.[16][17]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University Archived 2006-07-21 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Cornell Factbook - Professional Schools Enrollment
  3. ^ N.Y.S. Education Law § 5711.
  4. ^ "1003-Ives Hall Faculty Wing Facility Information". Cornell University. July 13, 2021.
  5. ^ "Vet College celebrates completion of class expansion project". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  6. ^ "Small Animal Community Practice combines technology and care". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  7. ^ "Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship launches". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  8. ^ "Launch of Wildlife Health Center moves science into action". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  9. ^ "Community effort propels Cornell past millionth test". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  10. ^ "NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University". State University of New York.
  11. ^ "Lorin Warnick named dean of vet school". Farm Journal, Inc. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Fast Facts". Cornell University.
  13. ^ "Best Veterinary Schools". U.S. News & World Report.
  14. ^ "HHMI Selects 66 Medical Research Fellows". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  15. ^ "Vet College celebrates completion of class expansion project". Cornell Chronicle. Cornell. June 8, 2018.
  16. ^ Mueller, Benjamin (September 3, 2015). "Veterinary Student Expelled Over a Pet Loses a Court Fight With Cornell". The New York Times.
  17. ^ Klepper, David; Dobnik, Verena (May 24, 2016). "To claw or not to claw? NY cat proposal sparks frisky debate". Associated Press. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  18. ^ Cornell Chronicle, August 26, 2021

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