Fast Facts

College Summary

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To advance the health and well-being of animals and people through education, research, and public service.


  • Established in 1894
  • Consistently ranked as a leading veterinary college by US News & World Report
  • 5,073 graduates
  • One of 30 veterinary colleges and schools in the United States
  • One of only three veterinary colleges and schools in the Northeast
  • 7 teaching hospitals
  • 5 academic departments
  • 4 research centers
  • 43 clinical specialties
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The College hosts:

  • 199 faculty
  • 582 nonacademic staff members
  • 399 DVM students
  • 120 graduate students
  • 173 post-terminal degree trainees, including interns, residents, and post-docs


The annual budget of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine approximates $153 million. Funding sources include:

  • sponsored programs (20% of the total)
  • state appropriations (23% of the total)
  • sales and service (25% of the total)
  • tuition (13% of the total)
  • gifts and endowment earnings (15% of the total)
  • univerity support (4% of the total) 

The endowment totals $200.3 million as of June 30, 2015.


The College of Veterinary Medicine, part of the State University of New York at Cornell University, is located on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region.

Hospitals and Centers

Animal Health Diagnostic Center

As a partnership between the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Center includes the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Focused on improving the health of food and fiber-producing, companion, sporting, zoo and wildlife animals, the Center also seeks to prevent communicable disease or conditions that impact human health and provides training to scientists, veterinarians and students. The Center annually conducts approximately one million diagnostic tests for animals of all species.

Cornell University Hospital for Animals

Cornell's Hospital for Animals includes the Companion Animal Hospital, the Equine Hospital, the Nemo Farm Animal Hospital, the Wildlife Health Center, and the Ambulatory Clinic. Together, they provide leadership in patient care, education, clinical investigation, and scientific innovation.

The caseload for all of the hospitals averages approximately 78,999 animals per year (27,643 at the Companion Animal, 3,223 at the Equine and Nemo Farm Animal Hospitals, and 46,468 through the Ambulatory Clinic) and involves complex medical cases referred by veterinarians throughout the United States, primarily the Northeast. Specialty medicine services include medical and radiation oncology, equine performance testing and sports medicine, complex orthopedic surgery, and comprehensive medical imaging including MRI and CT scans.

Cornell University Veterinary Specialists

Based in Stamford, Conn., the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists (CUVS) opened its doors in January of 2011 and stands as the largest and most comprehensive university-affiliated emergency and specialty veterinary referral center in the nation. Eighty-four employees, 12 specialists, and four emergency doctors provide 24/7 emergency and critical care services as well as state-of-the-art care in cardiology, internal medicine, surgery, nutrition, ophthalmology, physical rehabilitation & acupuncture, oncology, specialty imaging, minimally-invasive/interventional procedures, and nursing care.

Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists 

Conveniently located opposite the backstretch of historic Belmont Park, Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES) extends the reach of the Cornell Equine Hospital, where internationally renowned specialists inspire and capitalize on the synergy between the science and art of medicine. Cornell equine specialists leverage their knowledge, experience, and professional partnerships—including those with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine colleagues who offer depth and breadth across the spectrum of specialties—to provide excellent specialty care in state-of-the-art facilities that promote the health and well-being of horses.

Baker Institute for Animal Health

Baker Institute for Animal Health carries out cutting-edge research in animal health to improve the lives of both humans and animals alike. Founded in 1950 on a leafy 30-acre campus in Ithaca, New York, the Institute is proud to continue building on more than a half century history of discoveries and innovation in vaccines and infectious disease, reproductive biology, cancer research, and basic biology. Today, Baker’s faculty and research staff continue to study the pathogens and genetic disorders of dogs, cats, horses, and other animals and the underlying causes of cancer in animals and in humans, often leading the science in new and innovative directions.

Feline Health Center

A veterinary medical specialty center devoted to improving the health and well-being of cats everywhere, the Feline Health Center finds ways of preventing and curing diseases of cats by sponsoring breakthrough feline health studies, educating veterinarians and cat owners about feline health, and aiding veterinarians when new or unknown feline diseases occur.