Summer Recap!

The summer is flying by! We have been busy running spay neuter clinics, providing consultations to shelters, bringing our 2 new interns into the swing of things, and preparing for the start of a new round of Spayathon for Puerto Rico, the start of the new academic year here at the college, and our new Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Mini-Conferences that are scheduled to start this Fall. Here is a brief recap of our summer.

2019 Shelter Medicine Ineterns, Wesley Cheung and Sarah Ericksen at TCSPCA_JUL19
Drs. Wesley Cheung and Sarah Ericksen    (2019 interns) at the Tompkins County SPCA, July 2019

In July, we hosted the 16thannual ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference, providing high-quality education to improve the quality of life for animals. This was the first year the conference was held in the newly renovated Schurman Hall here at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The facilities were perfect and nearly 500 veterinary, animal shelter, and spay/neuter professionals were in attendance. Thank you to Maddie’s Fund®, ASPCA, and Cornell!

We have been busy providing spay/neuter for community cats of Cornell University faculty, staff, and students through our CornellVetCares Community Cat Clinic. We served 16 cats at our August 2 clinic with all hands on deck! Three Cornell veterinary students volunteered their time with us and even our Shelter Medicine Program Coordinator, Sarah Nickerson, joined in, providing support in recovery and help with records. Our next clinic will be held on August 23rd. We are already almost at capacity for this clinic, with 21 cats already registered! We will hold 3 more clinics in 2019 on September 20th, October 18th, and November 22nd.

The first of our new Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Mini-Conferences is scheduled for the afternoon of November 15, 2019. These half-day workshops are open to all shelter staff, veterinarians, technicians, management, board members, etc. Registration for the Fall 2019 conference will open soon.


November 15, 2019      (12:00pm to 4:30pm)

Fall 2019 Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Mini-Conference

Sheltering by Numbers: Using Your Data to Save Lives
Location: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY

Hosted by Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell. #thankstomaddie


If you have any questions or comments about infromation, feel free to email Sarah Nickerson, Shelter Medicine Program Coordinator, at

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and keep your eyes out for exciting announcements coming soon from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell!


Sarah Nickerson
Program Coordinator
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University


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