Dr. Gretchen Schoeffler was one of six invited University professors to offer a lecture as part of the University's first-year reading program, now in its tenth year. Members of the Class of 2014 are reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Entitled "Pets of the Future," Schoeffler's lecture discussed several reasons why people want pets, including social status and companionship. This year's program includes a display in the Takton Center, entitled "The Case for Companionship."
Schoeffler is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is currently the Chief of Emergency and Critical Care at the Cornell Companion Animal Hospital. She completed two bachelors’ degrees in Biomedical and Veterinary Science respectively, prior to obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Texas A&M University. After graduation she went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine. Following her internship she moved to New England and completed a standard track residency in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Tufts University. Prior to coming to Cornell, she worked to establish Emergency and Critical Care programs in two private specialty referral practices. Her current interests are both clinical and academic. In addition to establishing and building the rapidly growing Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service she is currently assisting in the development of simulator-based teaching methodologies for veterinary professionals and paraprofessionals.