March 6, 2006

Senator Clinton Visits Vet School

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“The U.S. is not ready to handle a potential bird flu outbreak,” said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) during a press conference at the College of Veterinary Medicine Friday.

Clinton traveled to Ithaca to participate in the Democratic Rural New York Conference this weekend but first took time to tour the Veterinary Hospital to learn more about public health research being done there.

Interim President Hunter R. Rawlings III opened the press conference by complimenting the veterinary college’s research on the role of environmental risk factors for developing cancers. Much of the funding for this and other research comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Rawlings said that Clinton has been a big proponent for more funding.

Rawlings concluded his brief talk by discussing the relationship between Cornell and the state of New York.

“Cornell is New York State’s land-grant university