Skip to main content


woman on couch with cute dog taking selfie together

Pets are part of the family for many Cornellians, and there are numerous trails, parks and other places that will welcome your four-legged friends. It’s also nice to have a cutting-edge veterinary school located right on campus!

Pets on Campus
What is Cornell's policy regarding pets on campus? Find out here.

University Resources

Veterinary Services

Cornell University Hospital for Animals offers faculty, staff, and students a discount on veterinary medical care conveniently provided on campus (present Cornell ID card and complete registration for the discount at appointment). Ambulatory visits, pharmacy, diagnostic laboratory, and clinical pathology charges are not eligible for the discount. Contact: 607.253.3060 or

Veterinary Patient Assistance Fund

In the spirit of her unwavering support of Cornell employees and families and her love of animals, the Mary George Opperman Veterinary Patient Assistance Fund has been established in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Funds will go to the care of animals owned by current and retired Cornell staff who may need financial assistance.

Pet Sitters

Find pet sitters/walkers or pet sitting jobs using your Cornell-sponsored membership.

Pet Insurance

You may purchase pet insurance through the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (VCI), available through Mercer Voluntary Benefits.

Community Resources

City of Ithaca Dog License: Information on licensing dogs and local dog-related laws.

SPCA of Tompkins County:  Adoption, volunteering, listings for veterinarians, boarding, and other pet-related services. Local Dog-friendly accommodations, businesses, etc.

Finger Lakes Dog Friendly Information:  Links for area dog-friendly parks, restaurants, activities, kennels, and more.