Your scheduled visit to the Oncology 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 veterinary students currently in their oncology clinical rotation, and brought to a private examination room.
The students will inquire about your pet's history. They may 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 and faculty member about the history, physical examination and recommendations for case management. The faculty member or resident will accompany the student back to the examination room to examine your pet again and discuss the diagnosis, next steps, cost and logistics.
Often, you will be asked to leave your pet in the care of our students and clinicians so that we can begin appropriate testing, which can include blood tests and imaging studies. Given the schedule and potential need for consultations with other specialists regarding your pet's care, you may be asked to return to discuss our findings later in the day. Some animals with more serious conditions will be admitted to the hospital for further monitoring and treatment.