Cornell opens specialty clinic in Connecticut

Published on February 18, 2011
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Cornell University Veterinary Specialists welcomed its first patients Jan. 14. The satellite referral and 24-hour emergency care hospital located in Stamford, Conn., leverages the resources of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine with specialty private practice.

At CUVS, according to a university press release, board-certified specialists offer treatments and procedures as well as continuing education opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and pet owners. In addition to 24/7 emergency and critical care and minimally invasive procedures, CUVS will specialize in orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, and advanced imaging. Additional services will be added over time, in consultation with referring veterinarians. Students may complete externships at CUVS, but they will not provide patient care.

Cornell University Veterinary Specialists
Dr. Mandi Kleman reviews fluoroscopic images at the new Cornell
University Veterinary Specialists, a center located in Stamford, Conn.,
that is operated by the university's College of Veterinary Medicine.

"As the largest university-affiliated veterinary specialty and emergency hospital in the nation, we are committed to providing the most sophisticated and compassionate patient care," said Dr. Susan Hackner, chief medical officer, in the press release. "We will contribute to the advancement of companion animal medicine as well as being a good neighbor—to our community and to the profession. Our aim is to combine the most advanced medical practice within a service-oriented, efficient, and sustainable practice model."

The decision to open a referral/emergency clinic in the New York metropolitan area was an outcome of the veterinary college's strategic planning process. CUVS is housed in a 20,000-square-foot building that is part of a mixed-use urban redevelopment project, which includes a supermarket, apartments, and office buildings.

The university says the clinic will expand Cornell's role in specialty medicine by creating an integrated veterinary medical center that supports clinical research and expands the educational experience for veterinary residents and students seeking their DVM degree. The facility includes a tiered auditorium and overnight rooms for rotating students and residents.