Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine - Open House 2016

10:00AM- 4:00PM


The students, faculty, and staff of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine invite you, your family and friends to our 50th annual Open House.

Open House is our opportunity to share the joys of our profession with the community. Veterinary students and members of the faculty and staff host this annual event that provides a chance for those interested to get a closer look at veterinary medicine. We invite you to tour our college and learn more about our facilities, our equipment, and what we do everyday.

Students, faculty members, and staff will be on hand to answer your questions about a career as a veterinarian, a veterinary technician, or an animal care specialist. Careers in veterinary medicine have traditionally involved working with dogs, cats, cows, horses, sheep, and pigs. However, this rapidly growing field also provides opportunities to work in the animal health industry, government, armed forces and with many other species in zoos, wildlife refuges, and developing countries.




Events, Demos, and Tours
Camelids (Alpacas and Camel)
Virtual Hospital  and Animal Health Diagnostic Center Tours
Ultrasound demos throughout the day
Canine Agility
Animal Pathology (Learn gross anatomy)

Exhibits (Exhibits will be open from 10am-4pm)
We will have a wide range of exhibits for you to enjoy, many back by popular demand!

Visit the petting zoo and play with baby farm animals.
Explore exhibits with exotic pets and wildlife.
Learn how cows digest their food
Discover more about the anatomy of your pets.
Watch students perform an ultrasound on a dogs.
Dress up in surgical scrubs and have your photo taken as a veterinary surgeon.
Visit Teddy Bear ER, where we will surgically repair your wounded stuffed animals* with TLC.
See a demonstration of our state of the art performance treadmill used to study orthopedic and cardiovascular diseases of horses.
Watch as our expert farrier fabricate horse shoes throughout the day.
Listen to an animals heartbeat using a stethoscope.
Learn how to appropriately meet a strange dog
Get your face painted with your favorite animal ($1.00 FEE)
There is much, much more, so please stop by and join the fun!


2016 Lecture Schedule:

Location: C2539

10:30am “Top Toxins and Household toxins” Dr. Karyn Bischoff

Lecture description - The “top 10” causes of poisonings in dogs and cats based on 2015 information from a veterinary poison control center.

11:45am Dr. Sara Kaye
Sarrah Kaye is one of Cornell's zoo and wildlife medicine resident veterinarians. She has worked with injured wildlife for 10 years and currently works with a team of vets, technicians, and students that cares for wildlife at Cornell's Janet L Swanson Wildlife Health Center here in Ithaca.

12:30pm “What Dangers Lurk” Dr. Gretchen Schoeffler

Lecture description: Many common household items can pose a danger to your cat.  Some are fairly obvious, others less so.  This lecture will use five case examples to review how and why these items might threaten your cat’s health and what to do, if and when it happens.

1:15pm "Saving them all: Understanding animal sheltering systems and companion animal homelessness" Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki

. 2:00pm “Backyard Chicken Production in the US” Dr. Jarra Jagne

Lecture description: The lecture will focus on the continuing trend of raising backyard chickens for fresh eggs. It will touch on chicken breeds, nutrition and diseases and why so many people are keeping chickens especially in urban areas.

Location: LH3

Admissions Information and Veterinary Career Sessions
For those interested in applying to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as for those who just want to know more about veterinary education and careers in veterinary medicine, there will be admissions and veterinary career information sessions throughout the day at the following times:

Admission Presentations and Student Panels
11:00 am, 1:00pm
Virtual Hospital and Animal Health Diagnostic Center Tour
Cornell College Of Veterinary Medicine, Human Resources Department will have a table in the Gallery for Career discussion

Raptors with John Parks

2016 Open House Demonstration Schedule:
K9 Police Demos:11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm -Arena
K9 Agility -Ithaca Dog Training Club/Cornell Dog Sports Club 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm  Arena
Wildlife Center Wing Bandaging -all day- Gross Lab
Captive Darting Demo - all day -Gross Lab
Abdominal Ultrasound- Throughout the day -Junior Surgery Hallway
Acupuncture: 10:30am, 11:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Farrier Shop Demos:Ongoing throughout the day 
Teaching Dairy Barn Tour (you will need to provide your own transportation to the dairy-maps available in Large Animal breezeway)
11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm and 1:15pm
Equine Treadmill 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm
Canine Water Treadmill 10:20am, 11:20am, 12:20pm, 1:20pm , 2:20pm and 3:20pm

Friends and Family are welcome

Our doors will open at 10:00 am. Open House lasts until 4:00 pm. Parking and admission are free. Donations are accepted.

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is at the intersection of Route 366 and Tower Road in Ithaca, New York. Open House visitors should park in the large "O" parking lot just off Tower Road and enter the college through the Veterinary Medical Center Public Entrance. The doors are under the open house banner.

From the north: take Route 34 South to Route 13 South to Ithaca; turn onto Buffalo Street; turn right onto Albany Street, turn left onto Green Street; turn left onto Route 366; at the Y intersection, bear right; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the northeast: take Route 13 South towards Ithaca; turn left onto Route 366 (by NYSEG); turn right onto Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the south: take Route 13 North to Ithaca; turn right onto Green Street; turn left onto Route 366; at the Y intersection, bear right; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the east: take Route 79 West to Ithaca, turn right onto Pine Tree Road; continue until 4-way stop sign; turn right onto Route 366; turn left on to Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

From the west: take Route 79 East, Route 96 South, or Route 89 South to Ithaca; after you cross the inlet bridge, turn right onto Fulton (one-way street); at the Route 13/Meadow Street intersection, continue straight across onto Clinton Street; turn left onto Albany Street; turn right onto Green Street; Green Street turns into State Street and continues to be Route 79 East; continue up State Street; bear left onto Mitchell Street; bear left onto Ithaca Street; turn right onto Route 366; turn left onto Tower Road across from Cornell Orchards.

For more information:
Contact Cindy Ryan in the Office of Student and Academic Services
Phone: 607-253-3700 Email: