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The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine takes pride in connecting with its local and regional communities. From educational events, to fundraising for local charities, to providing care and service to all species that live in the area, we hold our connection with our local community close to heart.

five veterinary students holding a CVM banner at a community event


Making a Difference in Our Community


Older black lab dog 

Pet Loss Support

A volunteer hotline service is staffed by veterinary students trained in grief counseling.

Alpaca next to a Shih Tzu 

Cornell Companions

A volunteer pet visitation program servicing Ithaca-area communities and people of all ages.

Children at a petting zoo 

Open House

An annual event hosted by Cornell veterinary students showcasing the exciting work the college does every day.

Two vets with spaniel  

Southside Community Clinic

A walk-in healthy pet clinic, run by CVM veterinary students, provides basic health care to in-need communities.

Bike tire 

Pedal for Pets

An annual student-run charity bike-ride to support the Patient Assistance Fund at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. 

Vet sitting on the ground with pitbull 

Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program

This specialty program educates veterinarians and veterinary students in shelter medicine, provides outreach to animal shelters and conducts lifesaving research.