Your scheduled visit to the General Surgery 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, you will be given directions to the unloading area and a technician or student will help you unload and walk your animal to its assigned stall.
After your animal is unloaded, a technician and student will work together to conduct an examination of your animal and will take a medical history. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing our veterinarians-in-training to interact with you and your animal.
Next, the student will leave to report their findings to a resident or faculty member, who will return with the student to perform a second, comprehensive examination. The resident or faculty member will discuss all of the findings with you.
Working together with you, a plan for further diagnosis and treatment of your animal will be developed. Patients that require surgery or advanced tests will often be admitted to the hospital at the conclusion of their initial appointment. Patients admitted for surgical procedures often need to remain hospitalized for several days or longer. Patients with conditions that do not require hospitalization will be discharged with detailed written instructions and a summary of the exam findings. A copy will be faxed to your veterinarian.