Department of Clinical Sciences

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Advancing the health
and well-being
of animals
and people


Don Smith

Dr. Donald F. Smith
Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine
T1 002 VRT, Box 44
Ithaca, NY 14853
O  607.253.3605
F   607.253.3701

Donald F. Smith, DVM

Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Emeritus
Professor of Surgery

Current Activities

History and public policy in veterinary medicine:
Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine
This collection of stories and blogs chronicles events that shaped the veterinary profession. It captures the roles of key veterinarians, and recounts the contributions made by educational institutions, organized veterinary medicine, veterinary practice and industry. This is all with an eye to the future, helping us anticipate what comes next.

Veterinary Legacy Blog
Brief stories of those who have shaped and continue to lead the veterinary profession. Also current topics of interest to veterinarians, veterinary students and animal lovers.

An Enduring Veterinary Legacy
This collection of interviews conducted by Dr. Smith with Cornell alumni or their closest surviving family members provides a window into the rich and enduring legacy of those veterinarians who promoted and advanced animal health during the early decades of the 20th century.

Teaching for Veterinary Students:

History of veterinary medicine
Problem-based learning curriculum, first year students

DVM Admissions Committee, Chair, 2010-2013


Education and Training

1977     University of Pennsylvania, Residency in Surgery

1974     University of Guelph, Ontario, DVM with Distinction


Board Certification

American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Professional Experience

2007-Present Austin O. Hooey Dean, Emeritus and Professor of Surgery

1997-2007     Dean, Cornell CVM, Endowed as Austin O. Hooey Dean (2003)
My chief goal was to re-establish Cornell as the pre-eminent college of veterinary medicine in the United States by promoting an innovative, forward-looking academic program, and establishing a sustainable administrative structure.

1991-1997     Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Veterinary Education
Led the development of Cornell's new problem-based veterinary curriculum implemented in 1993.

1987-199     Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cornell University
Expanded programs in several areas, notably theriogenology, large animal medicine and surgery, small animal medicine, and epidemiology.

1987-Present  Professor of Surgery, Cornell University

1986-1987     Chair, Department of Surgical Sciences, U. of Wisconsin-Madison

1983-1987     Associate professor of surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1977-1982     Assistant professor of surgery, Cornell University

1974-1977     Intern and resident, University of Pennsylvania


Honors and Awards

2007 New York State Veterinarian of the Year

1997 Research Award, Best Paper by Established Investigator (Am Ed Res Assoc)

1995 Gamma Sigma Delta Distinguished Administration Award

1992 Member, National Academy of Practices (Veterinary Medicine)

1981 Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Veterinary Medicine

1974 Andrew Smith Gold Medal (ranked top of graduating class)