COVID-19 Resources and Operating Status

Cornell University and the College of Veterinary Medicine are closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety and well-being of our community is our top priority, and we are working closely with local and state public health officials. We are providing the following links below for people looking for more information on COVID-19 and how it relates to our students, clients, patients and community. Please check back regularly for additional updates.

Latest Updates

Updated: July 22
 

CVM TRAVEL POLICY

NEW The CVM Travel Policy is fully described in the faculty, staff and student sections below. This policy was enacted June 12 and revised July 22. If you must travel out of the local area, please complete this form: Employee Travel Risk AssessmentStudent Travel Risk Assessment. You will receive a response from your unit leader within 48 hours.

HOSPITAL OPERATIONS

Routines have been modified to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions. We will walk you through each step to keep everyone safe. Clients are not allowed to enter the hospitals. See the "For Clients" section for full details.

Telemedicine: CUHA has expanded remote care capabilities for select aspects of our practice through telemedicine consults.

NEW Televet desktop portal

FOR VETERINARIANS

We invite veterinary professionals to join our monthly meetings, which provide current information related to COVID-19 as well as a space to share our experiences as we continue to navigate this pandemic together.

Next meeting: Thursday August 20 @ 6 p.m.

Operational Status

College of Veterinary Medicine: Essential staff on site, research labs restarting, Ithaca campus set to reactivate for fall semester. The college will deliver hybrid curricula across all programs in the fall 2020 semester. A combination of remote and in-person instruction, including hands-on laboratories, will be available for students. Only essential faculty, staff and students will be permitted to enter College of Veterinary Medicine facilities.

Hospitals

Services and other

Resources

For Clients

If Your Animal Requires Medical Attention

1. You must call ahead. You will receive instructions on how to proceed.

Companion Animal Hospital: 607.253.3060

Equine and Nemo Farm Animal Hospitals: 607.253.3100

Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists: 516.488.4510

2. If we confirm the animal must be seen, someone who does not have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) may bring the animal to the hospital.

3. Clients are not allowed to enter the hospital. Upon arrival, call to let us know you are outside. Our doors are locked.

4. Owners will transfer their animals to veterinary staff at the entrance of the hospital. Companion animals too large or in a non-ambulatory condition will be collected from vehicles.

5. We will call with updates and when the exam is complete to give further instructions on how discharge will be handled.

6. For some cases, we may be able to arrange a video conference. Please call us to find out if this service can be available for you and your animal.

Important Notes

Do not send your animal with any personal items while hospitalized, including blankets, toys, collars, leashes, lead ropes, etc.

Remember to bring a cell phone.

Payment options are limited to credit or debit card only. We cannot accept cash or check.

CUHA Pharmacy

The pharmacy is offering drive-up and mail service only.

How to safely pick-up a pharmacy order:

  1. Hours:
    Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  2. Submit payment for the order prior to arrival.
  3. Upon arrival, remain in your vehicle and call 607-253-3060 and select option #4.
  4. Stay outside, and practice social distancing until a staff member places your order in the vestibule. 
  5. Only one person is permitted in the vestibule at a time. Please wait until staff vacate the vestibule before entering.
  6. Identify your name and pet’s name on the bag/s in the yellow pharmacy pick-up bin and collect the order.
  7. Exit the vestibule.
  8. Missing items? Go back to your vehicle, call 607-253-3231 and select option #2.

Courtesy Hotel Listing

For a complete listing of places to stay and other information about our area check out Visit Ithaca - Lodging

Hotel listing - special offers 
 

Name Location Comments Phone

Estimated Rates

Subject to change

Amazing Grace Bed and Breakfast 136 Hunt Hill Rd Accepts friendly Pets/Horses 607-229-8636 Call for daily/weekly specials
Best Western University Inn 1020 Ellis Hollow Road Accepts Pets (With a Deposit) 607-272-6100

Special rates for clients coming to town for veterinary emergencies during COVID-19:

Day rate at $39.00 for anyone who would like a place to stay while they wait for their animal.

Overnight rate at $65.00

Free wireless, access to 3 restaurants and grocery store, hotel is located 1/2 mile from the hospital.

Quality Inn 356 Elmira Rd Accepts Pets (With a Deposit) 607-272-0100 $98-180
Courtyard by Marriott 29 Thornwood Dr Accepts Pets (With a Deposit) 607-272-0100 $179-399
Embassy Inn Route 366 NO Pets 607-272-3721 $95-135
Grayhaven Motel 657 Elmira Rd Accepts Pets 607-272-6434 $75-160
Hampton Inn 337 Elmira Rd Accepts Pets 607-277-5500 15% Discount on room Rate
Hilton Garden Inn 130 E Seneca Pl Temporarily allowing pets during the COVID-19 crisis

607-277-8900
As for the Vet Hospital rate

Special rates for clients coming to town for veterinary emergencies during COVID-19:

Day rate at $59 for anyone who would like a place to stay while they wait for their animal. Comfortable access to a bathroom, WiFi, food, and rest.

Over night rate at $89

Hotel Ithaca 222 S Cayuga St NO Pets 607-272-1000 $189-400
Homewood Suites by Hilton 36 Cinema Dr Accepts Pets 607-266-0000

Special rates for clients coming to town for veterinary emergencies during COVID-19:

Day rate at $59 for anyone who would like a place to stay while they wait for their animal. Comfortable access to a bathroom, WiFi, food, and rest.

Over night rate at $79

Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons 120 South Aurora St NO Pets 607-272-2222 $159-204
La Tourelle 1150 Danby Road (96B) 5 pet friendly rooms ​​ 607-273-2734 $170-465
Meadow Court Inn 529 S Meadow St Accepts Pets (With a Deposit) 607-273-3885 $89-300
Rodeway Inn & Suites 654 Elmira Rd Accepts Pets (With a Deposit) 607-272-5252 $79-250
Super 8 400 S Meadow St NO Pets 607-273-8088 $101-350

Useful Links

For Veterinarians

Screen shot of a zoom meeeting where many participants are showing off their pets.We invite veterinary professionals to join our monthly meetings, which provide current information related to COVID-19 as well as a space to share our experiences as we continue to navigate this pandemic together.

Next meeting: Thursday August 20 @ 6 p.m.

Online meeting tips and guidelines:

Archive of previous meetings:

Other meetings: Maddie's Shelter Medicine program offers shelter specific COVID-19 resources and weekly virtual meetings. You can follow their Facebook page for updates, contact their consultation service for individual support and refer to their website. 

Useful Links

For the General Public

For the Cornell Community

For Faculty and Staff

NEW: The CVM Travel Policy, as of July 22:

Travel and COVID-19: What you need to know

Tompkins County and Cornell-Ithaca have been fortunate to have been spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, continued vigilance is needed to prevent increased introduction and spread of COVID-19 in our community. As the university resumes operations, it is critical that we follow public health guidelines within our college and our community.

Public health leaders and Cornell Environmental Health and Safety have described and implemented many personal prevention measures. On campus, we expect every employee and student to wear a face covering, and to practice physical distancing. You are encouraged to review these resources:

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 at Cornell, the U.S. CDC, NY State and the College of Veterinary Medicine have also developed and implemented policies relate to travel. All travel must follow state and federal guidelines. Non-essential business travel is prohibited. Essential business travel requires approval by the dean. You are encouraged to review these resources:

If you are a CVM student or employee planning travel out of the local area, you must complete a travel risk assessment to help protect you and your colleagues. You will receive a response from your unit leader within 48 hours.

If you are a CVM student or employee looking for COVID-19 testing, post-travel and for return to work, please review these resources:

If you have specific questions that are not addressed above, please contact your unit leader.

For Students

NEW: The CVM Travel Policy, as of July 22:

Travel and COVID-19: What you need to know

Tompkins County and Cornell-Ithaca have been fortunate to have been spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, continued vigilance is needed to prevent increased introduction and spread of COVID-19 in our community. As the university resumes operations, it is critical that we follow public health guidelines within our college and our community.

Public health leaders and Cornell Environmental Health and Safety have described and implemented many personal prevention measures. On campus, we expect every employee and student to wear a face covering, and to practice physical distancing. You are encouraged to review these resources:

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 at Cornell, the U.S. CDC, NY State and the College of Veterinary Medicine have also developed and implemented policies relate to travel. All travel must follow state and federal guidelines. Non-essential business travel is prohibited. Essential business travel requires approval by the dean. You are encouraged to review these resources:

If you are a CVM student or employee planning travel out of the local area, you must complete a travel risk assessment to help protect you and your colleagues. You will receive a response from your unit leader within 48 hours.

If you are a CVM student or employee looking for COVID-19 testing, post-travel and for return to work, please review these resources:

If you have specific questions that are not addressed above, please contact your unit leader. Any questions about whether anticipated personal travel meets the definition of “increased risk” should be raised with the contact person applicable to your program for clarification. Supervisors, laboratory faculty PIs and faculty course leaders should refer any such inquiries to the respective contact.

Instruction Update

The college will deliver hybrid curricula across all programs in the fall 2020 semester. A combination of remote and in-person instruction, including hands-on laboratories, will be available for students. Only essential faculty, staff and students will be permitted to enter College of Veterinary Medicine facilities. Students should consult their unit leader and the intranet site for the full update.

Contacts

For Alumni

CUeLINKS: A networking platform for Cornell alumni to connect with students and share knowledge and seek guidance.

CornellConnect: Search for classmates and update your contact information.

Cornell Alumni homepage: Access information and engage with the Cornell University Alumni community

CornellCast – Watch on Demand: Access all Cornell livestreams, podcasts and recorded programs

COVID-19: Origin, Response Management, and Impact on the Global Economy

  • Moderated by: Wendy Wolford, Vice Provost for International Affairs and the Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development
  • Alexander Travis, Director of the Master of Public Health Program & Professor of Reproductive Biology
  • Gary Whittaker, Professor of Virology, Section Chief, Infectious Disease Epidemiology concentration, Master of Public Health Program
  • Lorraine Francis, Lecturer, Master of Public Health Program