Clients & Veterinarians
Hospitals Open
  • Clients: Patient intake and pickup occurring curbside and in the lobby. Bring a phone to discuss your animal’s healthcare with our team.
  • Pharmacy: Curbside & mail service only
  • Veterinarians: Monthly virtual meetings sharing information and support on COVID-19 related topics.
In-Person & Online

Faculty & Staff
In-Person & Online

Cornell University and the College of Veterinary Medicine are closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

What's New?

  • (Jan 25 2021) In an effort to keep everyone safe from COVID and the elements of winter, the Companion Animal Hospital has adjusted protocol to accommodate pet drop off in the lobby.
  • (Jan 25 2021) Vaccine updates
  • (Jan 22 2021) New Hours at CVM testing site (Jan 23 – Feb 12)
  • (Nov 13 2020) Updates to CVM Travel Policy (CVM Internal Resource)
  • (Oct 28 2020) Quick Guide Course Leaders (CVM Internal Resource) This document provides a concise summary of course planning topics to help D.V.M. course leaders prepare for the spring 2021 semester.

Student Information

Last update: Jan 22 2021

Instruction/Spring Semester

  • D.V.M.: Hybrid (virtual and in-person)
  • M.P.H.: Hybrid (virtual and in-person)
  • M.P.S.: virtual
  • Ph.D.: Hybrid (virtual and in-person)


  • Complete a Daily Check (a NYS-mandated daily health screening)
  • Complete surveillance testing
  • Follow university safety guidelines
    • Stay home if sick
    • Visibly wear your student ID at all times when on the CVM campus
    • Wear a face mask whenever indoors
    • Socially distance by at least 6 feet whenever possible
    • Wash your hands frequently


  • NEW HOURS of CVM testing site in effect Jan 23 - Feb 12 (updated Jan 22 2021)
  • Ongoing surveillance testing is required for students
  • Returning from travel outside of Ithaca (also see info on travel risk in the Travel section below)
    • From an increased-risk travel state, as designated by NYS: Quarantine for 14 days and have a test done at least 5 days after arrival. If negative, inform program contact upon return to CVM after 14 day quarantine period
    • Increased risk travel from a state not on the NYS list: Quarantine for 5 days and have a test on Day 5. If negative, inform program contact and return to CVM
    • From a low risk area: Return to CVM and have a COVID test if you feel odd
  • Resources



  • Access to CVM buildings requires a Cornell ID at all times
  • Observe all signage in facilities regarding usage of spaces, direction of traffic flow, and wear and when to wear a mask



Link to review full CVM policy (CVM Intranet, accessible remotely with your VPN)

Students who have to travel outside of the greater Ithaca area due to exceptional circumstances (e.g., a family emergency) must follow all New York state and Cornell requirements prior to leaving and upon returning to the Ithaca and Cornell communities. (NYS Travel Advisory) (CVM policy)

If you must travel outside of the local area:

Quarantine Guidance