CVM Essentials

CVM Essentials brings you the latest updates and events happening (virtually) around the college. It is for all CVM faculty, staff and students.

Important programming note: This is the last week you will be able to view CVM Essentials on this page! CVM Essentials is moving to the college’s Intranet, but staying informed is simple! Here's what to do:

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Important programming note: This is the last week you will be able to view CVM Essentials on this page! CVM Essentials is moving to the college’s Intranet, but staying informed is simple! Here's what to do:

Visit the Marketing and Communications team's website to learn more about what we do. 

Week of October 25, 2021

Here are your essentials.

Latest news and updates

Updates and reminders

  • The college Intranet has been updated! The CVM Intranet will now be hosted as a Drupal 9 site. Drupal is the same content management system used at the college for our external website and is familiar to all content editors. Please note, users will still need to be on the VPN or a campus network to access the site. Please email VMIT at with any questions or if you or your team needs access to manage content on the site.
  • Clinical Investigators' Day Call for Abstracts: The 15th Annual College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Investigators’ Day will be held Friday, April 1, 2022. Abstract submissions are accepted now until March 7. This program offers interns and residents an opportunity to showcase their research endeavors and provides a forum for trainees to hone both written and oral presentation skills. Presentations will be scored by a panel of judges who will bestow travel awards to those giving the best presentations. We continue to invite first- and second-year trainees to present a novel research proposal. Residents new to their department have an opportunity to present a unique research idea, including pertinent literature review, rationale for the study, hypothesis and scientific design, and the expected outcomes of the study. Preliminary data is not a requirement for proposals. Awards can be utilized to fund a portion of the proposed study. Your faculty mentor should be apprised early if you plan to participate in the Clinical Investigators’ Day. Mentors are encouraged to discuss this opportunity with their trainees. Learn more at the event page here.
  • BioEntrepreneurship initiative applications open: Cornell’s BioEntrepreneurship initiative offers Johnson MBA students and doctoral life scientists from across Cornell’s campuses the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world startup creation. Participants receive the tools, training and connections they need to launch their own life science startups through a certificate program offered by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Learn more and apply here.
  • Canine blood donors: The Companion Animal Hospital is seeking new canine blood donors. If your dog is 1-5 years old, more than 62 pounds, on no medications and is easily handled, please feel free to contact Carol Frederick (

Upcoming events

TODAY, Oct. 26, noon: "Rats, Hamsters and COVID-19"
Presented by Dr. Caroline Zeiss as part of the Baker Institute Fall Seminar Series: Training Ground for Scientific Discovery. Join via Zoom here.

TODAY, Oct. 26, 4 p.m.: "From the Nucleus to Mitochondria: The Global Orchestration of Gene Expression"
Presented by Dr. Stirling Churchman, associate professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. Hosted by Drs. Charles Danko and John LisHeld in Lecture Hall 4.

Oct. 27, 1 p.m.: CVM Staff Appreciation Day & Dionne Henderson Award Ceremony
Join the CVM community in honoring those who are marking employment milestones and service excellence. Join via Zoom here.

Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m.: "Putting the Spotlight on the Molecular Choreography of Viral RNA"
Presented by Dr. Alex Borodavka as part of the Seminars in Infection and Immunity. Join via Zoom here.

Oct. 29-Nov. 2: CVM's Second Annual Community "ofrenda" for Dia de los Muertos 
Latinx VMA at Cornell is excited to host Cornell CVM's second annual (socially distanced) community "ofrenda" for Dia de los Muertos from Thursday, Oct. 29 to Monday, Nov. 2 in the upstairs atrium by the dining area. There will also be a food drive of non-perishable items to be donated to the Tompkins Mutual Aid Cabinets around in Ithaca. 

Dia de Los Muertos is a three-day holiday celebrated in Mexico and several other Latin American countries to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Given that 2020-2021 have been years with heavy losses, from deaths due to COVID to deaths from police brutality and more, we felt it was important to have a space in our community for reflecting and healing.

There will be cards available to write letters to loved ones that have passed or other members of our community. Additionally, opportunities to craft marigold flowers to place as an offering on the ofrenda will be available. If you choose to add food to the ofrenda, we ask that you bring non-perishable food items that can be donated to a local food cabinet at the end of the holiday.  Remember to wear a mask at all times and follow social distancing guidelines.

Oct. 30, 10 a.m.: Fall Canine Crawl
Dress yourself and/or your pet in your Halloween costumes and come join us for a one-mile walk on Cornell's campus starting and ending at the TRB lot (the lot next to the sheep barn and pastures near the veterinary college). You do not have to bring a pet to participate. Participants will vote after the walk on the most creative human costume, cutest animal costume and best coordinated human-animal costume. Winners will receive a prize! Pre-registration is $5, day-of registration is $8. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Follow the link here to register: All proceeds will be donated to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals Patient Assistance Fund to aid in the cost of veterinary care. Email with any questions.

Nov. 2, noon: "Maturation and Modeling of Equine Proximal Sesamoid Bones"
Presented by Dr. James MacLeod as part of the Baker Institute for Animal Health Fall Seminar Series: Training Ground for Scientific Discovery. Join via Zoom here.

Nov. 5, CornellVET CARES Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic
The Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program will hold their next CornellVet CARES Community Cat Spay/NeuterClinic on Friday, Nov. 5. Registration opens on Monday, Oct. 25! Thanks to a generous grant from the Feline Health Center, these are free spay/neuter services for outdoor/ free-roaming cats/ barn of Cornell employees and students. Visit our website for link to registration, more details and FAQS. CornellVetCARES Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic

Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m.: SAVMA Auction 
SAVMA Auction is a live and silent auction and one of the biggest events of the year – bringing together students from every class, faculty, interns, residents, alumni and community members! Money raised helps offset the cost of veterinary-related experiences that enhance the veterinary toolkit of Cornell veterinary students.

The Silent Auction will be virtual and will go live on our Bidding for Good platform from Nov. 1 through Nov. 5. In the meantime, you can take a look at the items that will go up for auction at It will feature items from a variety of businesses in Ithaca and the surrounding areas as well as several online companies who have donated gift baskets, services and products! Additionally, Silent Auction features items from Cornell’s talented student body, such as professional pet photography and custom scrub tops/caps!

The Live Auction will be an in-person event Nov. 5 from 7-9 p.m. in the Veterinary College Atrium and features a variety of different experiences such as group dinners, bird watching and boating trips with faculty that people typically bid on as a group. It also features a number of one-of-a-kind items. This year’s Live Auction is “A Night with the Stars,” highlighting all the wonderful faculty and staff (our stars) who help make the veterinary college what it is today. So, come join us for some food, socialize with faculty, and get to strut down the red carpet and take a photo with our “Hollywood” stars! Cocktail attire optional. Purchase tickets at $10 for students, $15 for non-students. To purchase a ticket on the website, click "Order Tickets" on the right-hand sidebar. You must first sign up or register on the website in order to purchase a ticket. This event is open to the public, and non-Cornell community members must show proof of vaccination or proof of recent negative test (PCR or similar: 72 hours, antigen: 6 hours)

Nov. 16, noon: "Genetic Variants Underpinning Pregnancy Loss in the Mare"
Presented by Dr. Amanda De Mestre as part of the Baker Institute for Animal Health Fall Seminar Series: Training Ground for Scientific Discovery. Join via Zoom here.

CVM in Memory

The College of Veterinary Medicine remembers with gratitude those members of our community who have recently passed away. If you wish to view an obituary, please click on the name below.

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