Committee on Research and Graduate Education

The Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS) Committee on Research and Graduate Education is represented by volunteers from DCS and other college faculty and staff in an effort to facilitate clinical research within the department.  Faculty members serve two year terms that may be self-renewing.  The most recent term began April, 2018.

Committee Goals

  • Develop a cohesive and steadfast strategic plan to advance animal health and the profession;
  • Provide an infrastructure to support faculty efforts to conduct clinical investigations and research;
  • Foster the physical capacity required to fulfill the objectives of the strategic plan;
  • Promote clinical investigations within the Department of Clinical Sciences;
  • Promote communication to foster collaborations across departments, the University, and the world;
  • Identify clinical and research funding opportunities for successful submissions and awards;
  • Promote early stage veterinarians seeking career opportunities in clinical investigations and research;
  • Disseminate accomplishments and advances in animal health to the public domain.


Lisa Fortier, James Law Professor of Large Animal Surgery

Committee Members

Philippe Baneux, Director of the Center for Animal Resources and Education, Attending Veterinarian

Jonathan Cheetham, Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery

Douglas Fink, Material & Safety Coordinator, Department of Clinical Sciences

Carol Frederick, Clinical Trials Coordinator, Cornell University Hospital for Animals

Robert Goggs, Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care

Galina Hayes, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery

Theresa Lagasse, Finance Specialist, Department of Clinical Sciences

Carol Merkur, Director of Business Operations, Department of Clinical Sciences

Christie Sayre, Research Administration Coordinator, Department of Clinical Sciences

Tracy Stokol, Professor of Clinical Pathology, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Julia Sumner, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery

Sarah VanOrman, Administrative Assistant, Department of Clinical Sciences

Graduate Committee Participation

Go to the following link to be added to the general committee to participate on a graduate committee for MS and PhD.

Events and Seminars

Clinical Sciences Nestle Purina Seminar Series

Clinical Sciences Resident Seminar Series

Clinical Investigators' Day

Recent Grants Received by CVM and  Clinical Sciences Faculty

College of Veterinary Medicine Recent Awards

Grant Review Program

The Committee on Research and Graduate Education is committed to helping researchers develop and submit the best proposals and applications for grant support. The committee offers voluntary review of proposals for all members of the Department of Clinical Sciences and faculty in other departments in the College.

Grant Research Tools:

Fund Your Research – Quick links to funding opportunities, budgetary rates, forms and templates, and useful links for internal and external funding opportunities. (login required)

IACUC Deadlines -A timeline for review of most protocols and amendments submitted to the IACUC.

Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit - A professional statistical consulting service that works to enhance research at Cornell by assisting researchers with their statistical analysis.

Office of Sponsored Programs - OSP oversees the administration of sponsored programs at Cornell University including sponsored research, instruction and extension.

Grant Writing Tips Sheets - Many NIH Institutes provide guides and tip sheets on their Web sites that can be useful resources.

Useful Links:

Clinical Trials - Details for setting up a new clinical trial and finding out more about ongoing clinical trials at DCS.

The Cornell University Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC) - Provides an array of shared research resources and services including fee-for-service and collaborative research, technology testing and development, and educational components. 

The Cornell Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) - A service and a resource to the Cornell research and teaching community providing high quality animal care and veterinary services.

Cornell University's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) - Reviews and approves all research and teaching activities involving the use of biohazardous agents.

Environmental Health and Safety  - Assists with compliance to the campus community that promotes health, safety and environmental stewardship.

eSirius Proposal Submission System – Cornell’s electronic protocol submission system for managing the submission and review of protocols using animals in research.