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Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

Principal Investigator:  Brian Collins
Co-Investigator: Paul Mazza
Co-Investigator: Leslie Appel

Department of Clinical Sciences
Contact Information:  Email:; Phone: 607-253-3706
Sponsor: Wildlife Conservation & Shelter Medicine Program:  John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation
Grant Number: N/A
Title: SOS/Cornell Student Teaching Program and CPS Shelter Animal Assistance Program
Annual Direct Cost: $32,500
Project Period: 05/01/2012-04/30/2014

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant):  Providing practical, experiential learning opportunities for students is a primary objective of the Community Practice Service (CPS) at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  To help accomplish this goal Cornell began a collaborative relationship in June of 2009 with Shelter Outreach Services (SOS), a non-profit organization which provides low cost surgical sterilization services to cats and dogs in our region. By utilizing a system that has already been established we have been able to provide a popular and effective learning experience for students during their clinical rotations.  The program’s objectives are:  to enhance the hands-on clinical and surgical experiences of Cornell veterinary students; to enhance the student experience in the area of Shelter Medicine; to better prepare students for private practice and shelter medicine; and to provide much needed assistance to area shelters and the animals in their care.  This program has proven itself to be sustainable in terms of funding and it has also been a success as evidenced by the numbers of sterilization surgeries that the students have performed, the observed improvement in skills, and the positive testimonials from DVMs, veterinary students, and shelter personnel.   We propose to expand upon this experience with the addition of the CPS Shelter Animal Assistance Program.  With this program we will provide more service learning opportunities by offering additional medical and surgical services to shelter animals within the facilities of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.  The results of these combined programs are far-reaching as they will benefit veterinary students, the CUHA, our shelter partners, shelter animals and the local community.