Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services
Companion Animal

Companion Animal
(607) 253-3060

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Companion Animal Hospital

Box 20
Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: 607-253-3060
(for emergencies press 1)

Fax: 607-253-3788

Companion Animal

More than 22,000 dogs, cats, birds and other small mammals receive health and medical care each year in our Companion Animal Hospital.

Primary Care

Routine health care, including physical examinations, vaccinations, and treatment of minor illnesses is provided through our Community Practice Service. Veterinary students in the third and fourth year of their DVM program, assisted by veterinary technicians, examine and treat companion animals during scheduled appointments. The student clinicians are supervised by faculty veterinarians who consult and provide medical assistance for each case as needed.

Specialty Services

Many of our patients at the Companion Animal Hospital are referred by their veterinarians for evaluation by our faculty specialists for complicated medical or surgical problems.

    General anesthesia for diagnostic procedures and surgery; pain management.

    Diagnosis and treatment of problems such as aggression, destructiveness, separation anxiety, and elimination problems. Techniques include animal learning, behavior modification, and medication.

    State-of-the-art diagnosis of cardiac abnormalities such as arrhythmias, implantation of cardiac pacemakers, repair of cardiac defects (surgically and by internal cardiac catheterization).

    General care including surgery for local dogs and cats, run by the fourth-year students supervised by faculty.

    Diagnosis and treatment of general diseases of the mouth, cervical line lesions where enamel and teeth have been eroded, fractured teeth requiring extractions, broken teeth requiring root canal therapy, and preventive cleanings.

    Diagnosis, therapy, and follow-up care for animals with skin disease or skin problems that are commonly caused by allergies, parasites, infections, or hormonal imbalances.

    The hospital is equipped to receive and treat medical emergencies around-the-clock.

    A multidisciplinary approach to medical and surgical care for a diversity of privately owned, nondomestic reptiles, birds, and small mammals; zoo animals; and native wildlife.

    Diagnostic imaging procedures for dogs, cats, birds and other exotic species. Our equipment includes both computed and digital radiography acquisition devices, multiple fluoroscopy systems, multiple ultrasound units, a 16-slice computed tomography scanner, a 1.5 T MRI scanner and planar nuclear medicine system.

    Two nursing care units staffed 24/7 with licensed veterinary technicians, animal attendants, and veterinary students dedicated to providing the best care to all hospitalized patients and support for all hospital services.

    Diagnosis and treatment of serious health problems including metabolic diseases such as diabetes; infectious diseases; and endocrine, hematological, gastrointestinal, liver, renal, and respiratory disorders.

    Management of brain, spinal cord, nerve, and muscle problems that can result in a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, concussions, ruptured discs, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and brain tumors.

    Quality nutrition is a valuable component of healthy pet care. Our expertise can assist you to develop healthy dietary habits for your companion as well as to develop a nutritional regimen that will help to improve the quality of life for pets diagnosed with a specific medical problem.

    A team approach to detect and treat complex cancers in dogs and cats. Depending on the diagnosis, the care plan may involve cancer specialists, surgeons, medical oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, and other professionals. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery. Supportive care such as nutritional counseling and pain management.

    Diagnosis and treatment of problems of the eye, including state-of-the-art cataract removals.

    The Orthopedic Surgery Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals treats dogs and cats with injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

    Genetic testing in canine and feline pediatric and adult patients.

    The Theriogenology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides reproductive medicine services for companion animals - primarily dogs - including breeding management, transcervical insemination, semen freezing and infertility examinations.

    Surgery of the abdomen, thorax, and reconstructive surgery using modern surgical techniques that include laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures.

    Treatment for canine athletes, as well as other companion animals including cats, recovering from injuries or surgeries where rehabilitation is indicated to improve function and recovery.