Upcoming Cornell Cooperative Extension programs

4-H membership openings Enrollment in area 4-H clubs for children and young adults ages 8-18 is now open, as well as for the Cloverbuds program, ages 5-7 years old. Hundreds of 4-H members all over Tompkins County are learning subjects as varied as photography and arts and crafts, gardening and…

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Deer eating habits have lasting damage on forests

Bill McShea/Provided A site in Front Royal, Virginia, shows the difference in plant growth between a plot, at left, where deer graze and which is full of invasive Japanese stiltgrass, compared to a plot where deer are excluded by a fence. When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat…

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Startup wields natural bacterium to improve health of livestock

Bactana Animal Health, a new company providing a natural, sustainable alternative to dosing livestock prophylactically with antibiotics and hormones, joined Cornell’s McGovern Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences earlier in May. The new company is exploring the benefits of naturally occurring bacterium, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, by introducing it into…

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Symposium examines threat of antimicrobial resistance

“There are times when transmissible diseases can actually be so serious that they can threaten the very security of the nation or the world. [Antimicrobial resistance] has been classified as a problem that reaches that level,” said Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director of Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs at the…

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Radical collaboration protects Colombia’s birds, coffee farmers

Lab of Ornithology Cornell University scientist Amanda Rodewald and economist Juan Nicolás Hernandez-Aguilera are collaborating on a project to look at the ecological and socio-economic aspects of sustainable coffee. The traditional approach to environmental conservation goes something like this: A particular landscape or species, usually somewhere in the developing world,…

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Bees face heavy pesticide peril from drawn-out sources

Honeybees – employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season – encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to an analysis of the bee’s own food. Researchers used 120 pristine honeybee colonies that were placed near 30 apple orchards around New York state. After allowing the bees to…

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Rabies: Zoonotic Diseases and Public Health

A trending Huffington Post article earlier this month discussed the enormous global impact of rabies in terms of human and animal health. The article estimated that approximately 189 people die from rabies per day, primarily in developing countries. However, although rabies is an invariably fatal disease once symptoms manifest, there…

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Program to offer diagnostic services for animal shelters

Program to offer diagnostic services for animal shelters


Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine has launched a pilot program to provide diagnostic services for animal shelters.

Animal shelters often struggle to pay for diagnostic testing for outbreaks, and even for individual animals, making it difficult to determine the right course of treatment. Many illnesses may go undiagnosed or untreated, or treatment may be delayed while funds are raised. Maddie’s Shelter Lab, a pilot program, aims to ease the financial burden many of these shelters continually face.

Maddie’s Shelter Lab offers a 50 percent discount on diagnostic services and supplies, as well as free shipping, to nonprofit humane organizations in New York state. Maddie’s Shelter Lab is subsidized by a gift from Maddie’s Fund, a national foundation established by David ’62 and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. The services are offered in collaboration with the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“This service will allow for assistance in diagnosing outbreaks in animal shelters – from respiratory outbreaks such as canine influenza, to gastrointestinal conditions such as parasites, parvovirus and panleukopenia,” said Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, the Janet L. Swanson Director of Shelter Medicine at Cornell. “In some cases, immune testing of exposed but asymptomatic animals will enable shelters to better manage outbreaks and reduce quarantine periods.

“Diagnostic testing can also serve life-saving efforts for individual homeless pets, particularly seniors or those with chronic conditions,” Berliner said.

Although the pilot program is limited to humane organizations in New York, it may be expanded to other states in the future. For more information visit the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell website.

This article was written by Claudia Wheatley and published in the Cornell Chronicle on March 15, 2017.