About the College  

Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


One of only 28 veterinary colleges and schools in the United States, the College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York. In the heart of the Finger Lakes region, an area of tremendous natural beauty, Ithaca provides a balanced atmosphere of city and country.The college's central campus has five main buildings on 15 acres with a total of 1.2 million square feet of space.

facilities montageVeterinary Medical Center Opened in 1996, the center houses the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (including the Companion Animal Hospital, and the Equine and Farm Animal Hospitals) on its ground floor, and research facilities and offices on its upper floors. Principal patient-care areas in the hospital include behavior, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, nutrition, ophthalmology, orthopedics and sports medicine, surgery, and theriogenology. State-of-the-art technologies include anesthesiology, clinical laboratories, intensive care and neonatal care units, medical imaging, and specialized surgery suites.

Veterinary Education Center Opened in 1993, the facility includes state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, lecture halls, and the veterinary library. The Irving W. Wiswall Learning Laboratory is a high-tech dry lab that accommodates 92 students with integrated media resources, dual-headed microscopes, and networked computer workstations. The Jerry and Darlene Bilinski Learning Laboratory is a 5,000-square-foot wet lab for microbiological and molecular biological teaching. The Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library holds over 102,000 volumes, maintains 800 journal subscriptions in the biomedical sciences, and houses over 1,600 audiovisual titles. It features an on-line catalog, network resources, and databases.

Veterinary Research Tower A nine-story building added in 1974, the tower houses research facilities and offices. It contains research laboratories, a lecture hall, a conference room, and offices. Renovations are underway to reconfigure the tower's smaller, single-purpose labs into larger, open laboratory spaces.

Diagnostic Laboratory The Animal Health Diagnostic Center is the official laboratory of New York State and the state diagnostic center for animal disease control. With much support from New York State, the College opened a new building in 2010, dedicated to the surveillance, research, regulatory, and testing work conducted at the Center. The laboratory services patients of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals as well as those of veterinary practitioners in New York State and nationally. The laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and the United States Department of Agriculture and its Animal-Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS). The diagnostic lab also carries public health accreditation for endocrinology and water testing.

Cornell's Teaching Dairy Barn is a state-of-the-art facility that serves the instructional livestock needs of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Part of the University's 50-year campus master plan, the Teaching Dairy Barn is the inaugural building at the University's future Large Animal Teaching Complex, a 5-acre parcel that will serve the University's livestock endeavors from now on, freeing campus grounds for other academic facilities. Conveniently located within safe walking distance of campus, the site is ultimately expected to have a multipurpose livestock teaching arena (to include a livestock pavilion, additional teaching barns, and pasture area), equine metabolism unit, and a large animal research and teaching unit (LARTU).

Schurman Hall A three-story building, Schurman Hall houses classrooms, tutorial rooms, the modular resource center, research facilities, and offices. The 3,500-square-foot modular resource center is a visual library of self-contained learning stations that feature interactive learning resources.

Nearby, on the central campus are several additional college facilities:

James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health A world-renowned center for canine and equine research, the Institute includes the Cornell Research Laboratory for Diseases of the Dog, the Center for Canine Genetics and Reproduction, the Laboratory of Immunology, and the Cornell Equine Genetics Center.

Cornell Equine Park On 165 acres, the park features boarding and other facilities for 150 horses, a half-mile track, stallion barn, and separate brood-mare barn with a laboratory for reproductive studies.

Equine Annex An equine quarantine facility, a stable, and a laboratory for equine embryo biology.

In addition, we have satellite facilities throughout New York State, principally to meet the mission of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center.