Our mission at the Cornell Feline Health Center is to improve the lives of cats everywhere, and we believe that achieving this goal requires a multifaceted approach. While the provision of information to and support of individual veterinary professionals and cat owners is paramount to our mission, improving the welfare of cats as a population in the future is also extremely important. This is why the support of basic scientific research is a vital aspect of our mission.
The knowledge and technology that we apply to improve feline health today has its roots in the basic research of the past, and the scientific discoveries of today will form the basis for improved diagnosis and treatment of feline diseases in the future. The Cornell Feline Health Center has been at the forefront of supporting this vital research for decades. From the development of a test to detect antibodies to feline coronavirus in the early 1980s to the recent identification of a unique genetic signature of the transformation of the relatively benign feline coronavirus to the routinely fatal feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) virus, the Center has been a driving force in the support of basic scientific research that directly impacts feline health.