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.

Updated: March 27

Latest updates:



Operational Status

College of Veterinary Medicine: OPEN, all classes being offered virtually

CUHA Pharmacy: Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., receive refill prescriptions via drive up or mail. Prescription diets can be ordered for drive up only. We cannot mail prescription diets.

  • For prescription drive up service, upon arrival call 607-253-3060 and select option #4. Pharmacy staff will place your prescription medications and/or pet food in the Companion Animal Hospital entrance vestibule.

Companion Animal HospitalEquine and Nemo Farm Animal Hospitals: Emergency and urgent specialty care only.

The status of our other units is listed below:

For Clients

New 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 East Hill Plaza Accepts Pets (With a Deposit) 607-272-6100 $119-318
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) 607-330-1000 $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

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

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

If Your Animal Requires Medical Attention

1. You must call ahead to confirm that your animal requires emergency service. 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 immediately, someone who does not have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) may bring the animal to the hospital.

3. Clients are no longer allowed to enter the hospitals. 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.
  • Sanitize your carrier, leash, collar, lead rope and equipment as carefully as possible before arrival with an alcohol-based solution.

For Veterinarians

For the General Public

For the Cornell community

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty should contact their department chair or director for specific details.

Staff should refer to Vice President Mary Opperman’s March 13 message and contact their supervisor and/or HR representative regarding travel and remote work needs.

For Students

D.V.M. Students

First and Second-Year

All first and second-year students are asked to leave at the start of spring break and remain at their permanent home residence for the remainder of spring semester.

First- and second-year D.V.M. students will commence online instruction on Monday, March 30, a week later than originally planned to allow adequate time for course preparation.

Third and Fourth-Year

We are suspending clinical rotations for third-year and fourth-year D.V.M. students, including students from Ross University and St. George’s University.

Third-year D.V.M. students will participate in online instruction in CD Distribution courses beginning on Monday, March 30 and are strongly encouraged to travel home, if at all possible.

Fourth-year D.V.M. students who are currently on campus will end clinical rotations on Monday, March 16 following 8 a.m. treatments. No ACE rotations will be offered this semester. Fourth-year students currently off campus should not return to campus.

D.V.M. Student Employment

D.V.M. student employment in CUHA is suspended until further notice. Other D.V.M. student employment in the college is being evaluated by supervisors and notification to employees will be provided soon. Importantly, students should not return to or stay in Ithaca because of employment in the college.


Students with planned spring semester externships that require travel are being asked to reschedule for a later date, if possible. Additional information about externships will be provided in the near future.

Any D.V.M students with specific needs or questions should contact Drs. Kathy Edmondson or Jai Sweet directly.

Ph.D. and M.P.S. Students

Contact Arla Hourigan

M.P.H. Students

Contact Alex Travis

Plans for M.P.H., M.P.S. and Ph.D. students remain unchanged regarding the move to virtual instruction.

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