Skip to content

63 Million Dollar Upgrade to Cornell Vet College



The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell will begin a $63 million capital project to upgrade and expand its infrastructure and teaching facilities to accommodate increasing the pre-clinical (first three years of study) class sizes from 102 to 120 students. Plans call for demolishing 68,000 square feet of existing space, replacing it with 65,000 square feet of new space, and renovating 33,000 square feet.

Construction is scheduled to start next summer with completion in fall 2017.

Cornell currently has the smallest class size among top-tier veterinary schools, due in part to facilities that lack lecture halls and other spaces capable of supporting more than 102 students. The fourth-year class size is now 120 students; an additional 18 students, many from Caribbean schools, complete their clinical training during their final year at Cornell in the college’s veterinary teaching hospital, which already has capacity for the additional students.

Additionally, the project will support the growing needs of an annual veterinary conference held at the college that attracts approximately 700 people. Along with practicing veterinarians and students, the conference is attended by veterinary technicians who will have access to Cornell’s new facilities to augment their programs with experiential learning.

“The facility enhancements made as part of this project will enable the college to match the admission size of our veterinary student intake with the capacity of our hospital, thereby achieving the maximum benefit from our extraordinary teaching hospital,” said Michael Kotlikoff, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “The program will also benefit regional veterinary technician programs, who need greater hands-on opportunities. Having access to Cornell’s facilities will empower the State University of New York and other veterinary technician training programs to attract the most promising students to their programs, provide them with the most effective training and facilitate their ongoing success in practice.”

While uniting major teaching, clinical and research spaces of the college, the project enhances the sense of community and collaboration opportunities among students, faculty and staff.  The design includes creating a public auditorium; larger classrooms to expand pre-clinical education, including two additional tiered lecture halls; a dining facility closer to the hospital; renovating existing anatomy, tutorial and student surgery areas; and developing meeting and event spaces, an e-learning center and study spaces as well as a central student locker area.

Construction plans also include replacing James Law Auditorium with a new three-story structure: The first floor will house the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library, which is central to the teaching and research mission of the college. The second-floor will contain the modular resource center and E-learning Center, where students and others can access innovative learning tools. The third floor will be used for administrative offices.

The project is predominantly funded by New York State with the remainder coming from gifts and other college resources.

More Stories

  • Obituary - Rich Robertson

    Saddle Horse Report learned of the passing of noted horse trainer Rich Robertson on December 24, 2017 at the age of 69. Robertson spent several years as the trainer for Susan Phillips’ Alpha-Sun Stables, showing world-class stars across the country. Read More
  • Brookhill's Fame Now Offered For Your Consideration

    The March 12 issue of Saddle Horse Report will feature its Spring Sales Spectacular. In addition to a special rate, one of several extras for placing horses for sale in that issue will be each horse will be featured on the home page of our website like this. This big, handsome, bay gelding has been a proven champion in the Amateur Ladies Three-Gaited, Adult Park and Show Pleasure divisions. If you're looking for a safe, competitive pleasure mount, he is the one. Direct inquires to Mark Utoft. Read More
  • CH Wicked In A Winning Way Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    The March 12 issue of Saddle Horse Report will feature its Spring Sales Spectacular. In addition to a special rate, one of several extras for placing horses for sale in that issue will be each horse will be featured on the home page of our website like this. A World's and Reserve World's Champion, he is enough horse for the amateur or ladies five-gaited division but would be a superstar in the 13 and under or five-gaited pleasure division. Direct inquires to Mark Utoft. Read More
  • AMHA Announces Board of Director Election Results

    The American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., held its annual meeting of members on February 16, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Read More
  • 2018 AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction Results

    Nearly $75,000 was raised at the 2018 AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction. The net income following expenses from this auction go to Morgan breed promotion and will be distributed to the World Morgan Futurity, AMHA regional shows, the AMHA Show Grant Program, and AMHA's Marketing and Promotion. Read More
  • Heritage Stables Open House

    Bryan and Katy Earehart announce their first Open House, Saturday February 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Heritage Stables, 6209 Bethel Church Rd, Gibsonville, North Carolina. Light breakfast items will be available while enjoying Hackney Pony demonstrations and sharing a common love for the Hackney. Read More
  • ASB Museum accepting applications

    The American Saddlebred Museum is seeking a skilled development and marketing professional to assist in fundraising, donor relationships, and execution of marketing and communication strategies for the Museum, located in Lexington, Kentucky at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Read More
  • Latest Issue Feb-19-18

    Read More
  • UPHA Chapter 14 Scholarship Applications Available

    Chapter 14 of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association offers educational scholarships annually with up to $7,500 awarded. These scholarships are open to applicants who are high school seniors or college freshmen. Applicants must be UPHA Chapter 14 Junior or Associate members or the child of an Active UPHA Chapter 14 member. Read More
  • Jubilee Regional Morgan Horse Show Holding Online Fundraiser

    With the commitment to a Bigger and Better Jubilee in 2019, the show committee is not letting time get away. “We have been meeting every week via conference call and have been working on the financial side of the show in the past month, said Jubilee treasurer Kathy Beverage. Read More