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Sara Childs-Sanford, DVM, MS

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Department of Clinical Sciences

Diplomate - American College of Zoological Medicine
Associate Professor, Section Chief of Wildlife Medicine

Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Box 33
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research/Clinical Interests

  • Dr. Childs-Sanford's research interests focus on identification and description of nutrition-related disease in captive non-domestic animals, with the development of recommendations for monitoring, treatment and prevention.
  • Clinically, she is interested in relevant research in hospitalized wildlife patients designed to shorten hospitalization times, improve outcomes, and maximize release-ability.

Education and Training

  • 2005     University of Maryland, MS in Animal and Avian Sciences
  • 2002-2005     Cornell University, Residency in Wildlife Zoological Medicine
  • 1999-2000     Regional Veterinary Referral Center, VA, Internship
  • 1999     Cornell University, DVM
  • 1995     Hamilton College, BA



PubMedPlease select the PubMed link for a list of Dr. Childs-Sanford's publications.

Awards and Honors

  • 2000     JC Penney Golden Rule Community Service Award - Washington, DC
  • 1999     Gary Bolton Memorial Cardiology Award - Cornell University
  • 1999     E.L. Stubbs Award in Avian Medicine - Cornell University
  • 1998     P. Philip Levine Prize in Avian Medicine - Cornell University
  • 1995     Graduation with Honors in Biology - Hamilton College
  • 1994     Renwick Award in Biology - Hamilton College

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American College of Zoological Medicine
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
  • Wildlife Disease Association
  • Association of Avian Veterinarians
  • Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
  • Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society
  • New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator Council