Your scheduled visit to the Dentistry Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins when you pull up to the circular driveway in front of the Large Animal Hospital. Please park your vehicle in the driveway, come into the reception area and check in at the front desk. After a small amount of paperwork, a technician or student will help you unload and walk your horse to its assigned stall.
Often times, you may leave your vehicle and trailer right in the driveway. If the lot is full, the receptionist will provide you with a parking pass and directions to nearby longer-term parking, where overnight parking for trucks and trailers is also available.
After your vehicle is parked, a technician and student will work together to conduct an examination of your animal and ask you questions about the animal's past medical, surgical, travel, vaccination and worming history and current health. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your animal.
The students will then leave to consult with a resident or faculty dentist about the history, physical examination and recommendations for case management. The clinician will accompany the student back to your examination room to examine your animal again and discuss the diagnosis, next steps, cost and logistics.
After their examination, the students will leave to consult with a clinician (either resident or dental faculty) about the history, physical examination, and recommendation for case management. The clinician will accompany the student back to your examination stall to examine your animal again and discuss the diagnosis, next steps, cost, and logistics. In almost all cases, a complete oral examination and radiographs are necessary in order to appropriately diagnose dental conditions and create a treatment plan. Oral examination requires sedation and will be performed by either the veterinary dental faculty member or a resident under their direct supervision. Owners can either opt to stay until the oral exam in complete or elect to be reached by phone for further discussion regarding examination findings and treatment recommendations.
Patients with scheduled appointments for routine oral examination and occlusal adjustment (“float”) receives a complete physical examination, sedated oral examination, and all necessary dental recontouring and enamel point reduction. Most patients will be able to return home within an hour or two of procedure completion when the effects of the sedation drugs dissipate.