CUHA in the Community
We take pride in knowing we support and are supported by our local community, including our alumni and referring veterinary community. We strive to give back to the animal community in our local area, as animals in shelters and homes with limited resources deserve the same access to care as any other animal.
- Southside Healthy Pet Clinic.
Founded in 1996 at the Southside Community Center (a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating African American culture), the Southside Healthy Pet Clinic is a walk-in clinic open twice a month that is run by veterinary students from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine who are closely supervised by faculty and local veterinarians. About 500 pets are seen annually at the clinic, giving students valuable experience providing routine veterinary care, performing wellness exams, and communicating with clients as an extension of our Community Practice Service in the Hospital. The benefits of the program are mutual: patients at the clinic are owned by families whose income is less than twice the national poverty level. Clients are asked to pay a nominal fee for the services provided, which is invested in the Southside Community Center’s programs.
- Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program®
Promoting responsible shelter management practices and reducing the suffering of homeless dogs and cats, the Cornell University Hospital for Animals partners with area shelters to care for and treat animals. Together with Cornell’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program®, the Hospital is meeting a need in the animal community, helping to train residents in shelter medicine practices. Residents spend clinical rotations in the Hospital’s Community Practice Service (CPS) and emergency and critical medicine, as well as parasitology, pathology, the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory and the Feline Health Center.
- Shelter Outreach Services
Providing practical, experiential learning opportunities for students is a primary objective of the Community Practice Service (CPS) at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, which has collaborated with Shelter Outreach Services (SOS), a non-profit organization that provides low cost surgical sterilization services to cats and dogs in our region. The program enhances the hands-on clinical and surgical experiences of Cornell veterinary students; provides experience in the area of Shelter Medicine; prepares students for private practice and shelter medicine; and provides much needed assistance to area shelters and the animals in their care. Because of this program we are able to provide additional medical and surgical services to shelter animals within the facilities of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. The impact of this program is far-reaching, as it benefits veterinary students, the CUHA, our shelter partners, shelter animals, and the local community.
- Pedal for Pets
Collaborating with our Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, this annual fundraiser engages the community in rallying around a cause. Proceeds from this community-oriented event provide much needed financial assistance to clients who are having a difficult time covering medical and surgical costs for their animals.