Your scheduled visit to the Dermatology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins with check in at the reception desk. Following a small amount of paperwork, you will be greeted in the waiting room by one or two students currently in their dermatology rotation and brought to a private examination room.
The students will inquire about your pet's history and perform a physical examination of your pet - an invaluable experience for their education and development. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your pet.
The students will then leave to consult with a resident or faculty member about the history, physical examination and recommendations for case management. The faculty member or resident will accompany the student back to your examination room to examine your pet again. They may recommend further testing, and will discuss with you potential diagnosis, next steps, cost and logistics.
Often, you will be asked to leave your pet in the care of our students so that we can begin appropriate testing, which can include blood tests or allergy testing. Given our busy schedule and consultations with other specialists regarding your pet's care, you may be asked to return to discuss our findings later in the day.
The dermatology service also frequently sees Cornell patients admitted under the care of other specialties.
Many skin diseases are chronic in nature and require a lifelong treatment plan. Our service will plan follow-up phone consultations with you or your referring veterinarian to ensure any chronic conditions are management well over time.