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: May 27
 

FOR CLIENTS

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

televet graphic

FOR VETERINARIANS

Animal hospital weekly online meetings with referring veterinarians held Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST

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 DemandAccess all Cornell livestreams, podcasts and recorded programs

Operational Status

College of Veterinary Medicine: All classes offered virtually. Only essential staff on-site.
Companion Animal Hospital: Emergency and urgent specialty care only. Some services offering telemedicine consults.
Equine Hospital: Emergency and urgent specialty care only.
Nemo Farm Animal Hospitals: Emergency and urgent specialty care only.
Animal Health Diagnostic Center: Open.

Pharmacy: 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.

Additional unit statuses:

Resources

For Clients

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.

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

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.

Useful Links

For Veterinarians

Animal hospital weekly online meetings held Thursdays at 6 p.m. ESTScreen shot of a zoom meeeting where many participants are showing off their pets.

Zoom invite link for next meeting June 4, 2020 6 p.m.
PASSWORD: 2533060

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.
  • Use the chat box or "raise hand" button to submit questions during the meeting.
  • If your connection is unstable, we recommend turning off your video.

Archive of previous meetings

Useful Links

For the General Public

For the Cornell Community

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor, department chair or director for specific details, and review the Cornell COVID-19 resources webpage.

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.

Externships:

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.

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 DemandAccess all Cornell livestreams, podcasts and recorded programs

Highlight Program Featuring College of Veterinary Medicine Faculty: 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

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