Imagine running without being able to breathe. Sounds pretty terrible, right? Unfortunately, this is the reality that many horses suffer through. Seeking to solve this problem, Prof. Normand G. Ducharme, clinical sciences, has revitalized the equine industry with his work on respiratory illnesses in horses. Ducharme got involved with horse medicine when the success rate for helping race horses was low.
I am a fourth year veterinary student. This month, I’m rotating through Cornell’s Equine and Farm Animal Hospital, where I care for food animals like pigs, cattle, goats and even sheep. The approach is different from treating the family Labrador, but the goals are often the same — to quote part of the Veterinarian’s Oath, “the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering.” The apparent paradox is not lost on me. Though I’ll wake up at 2 a.m. and rush to the hospital for a cow with a uterine torsion, I have no qualms going to Five Guys for a burger at the end of the day. As veterinarians, we are the only health professionals who eat our patients.
“I am personally grateful for the support and encouragement Dean Smith gave me since I was hired as a faculty member, and especially while I was serving as Interim Dean,” Warnick said in the email. “On behalf of all of us at the college I extend our sincere condolences to Don’s wife Doris, his family and many friends.”
In 2010, Bunting and Krysten Schuler, another senior extension associate with the program, worked with the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation on a strategy to improve the DEC’s ability to combat wildlife disease.
Warnick, who has taught at Cornell since 1996, has served as the Vet School’s interim dean since August, after the previous dean and current Provost Michael Kotlikoff stepped down to assume his current position, the University said.
The College of Veterinary Medicine hosted its 50th annual Open House on Saturday. The event is an opportunity for the Ithaca community to explore veterinary medicine and learn more about careers in animal science.