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
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.
The status of our other units is listed below:
- The Ambulatory and Production Medicine Service will continue to provide all routine and emergent on-farm services for clients.
- The Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital will continue to receive injured wildlife. Please call 607-253-3060 for information on our availability.
- Our Small Animal Community Practice is temporarily closed.
- Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, Elmont N.Y. emergent specialty care only.
- Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Stamford, C.T. remains open
New Hotel listing - special offers
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||
Special rates for clients coming to town for veterinary emergencies during COVID-19:
|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:
|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
NEW 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.
- NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets interin guidance for animal care operations (boarding facilities, etc.)
- Frequently asked questions from the American Veterinary Medical Association
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.
- 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.
NEW AVMA Axon webinar specifically discusses:
-Best practices to help veterinarians, team members, and practices protect ourselves, our colleagues, and our clients while delivering needed patient care
-Practical resources to aid in developing social distancing and case management protocols
-Details of legislation already approved in Washington, DC, and what we can expect in future relief measures
- NEW AVMA Coronavirus emergency law gives paid leave
- NEW NYSVMS webinar Covid-19 viral transmission, and options for veterinary hospital planning
NEW Summary of three methods for disinfecting N95 respirators potentially contaminated with coronaviruses
-How to Properly Put on and Take off a Disposable Respirator
- Ontario Veterinary Medical Association document listing essential veterinary services in detail
- Animal Health Diagnostic Center - Veterinary Support Services email email@example.com
Animal hospital weekly online meetings held Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST
- Zoom invite link for next meeting April 2, 2020 6 p.m.
Online meeting tips and guidelines:
- Download or update Zoom platform before the meeting, https://zoom.us/download
- Please remain on mute when you join the meeting.
- When it comes time for questions, please use the “raise your hand” icon in Zoom to ask one verbally. To do this, click on the bottom icon called “Participants.” In the box that pops up, you’ll see an option for raising your hand.
- If you do not want to ask one verbally, type your question into the chat box. To do this, click on the bottom icon called “Chat.”
- If your connection is unstable, we recommend turning off your video.
- Link to 3/26 meeting recording
- Link to 3/19 meeting recording
- 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.
- AVMA resource page
- OIE Questions and Answers on the COVID-19
- Shelter Medicine: You can follow their Facebook page for updates, contact their consultation service for individual support and refer to their website.
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.
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
Contact Alex Travis
Plans for M.P.H., M.P.S. and Ph.D. students remain unchanged regarding the move to virtual instruction.