Elizabeth’s Wishlist

Through the years, Elizabeth has served as our emissary of goodwill by helping us address the needs of the faculty in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals through her annual Wish List. You can become a part of this wonderful legacy by purchasing one or more of these items to address the clinical needs of our experts who help cats every day. No gift is too small, and your support through this program will improve the lives of cats today and into the future.

If you would like to purchase one or more of these items, please contact our Alumni Affairs and Development Office: 607.253.3093 or vetfriends@cornell.eduTo purchase a wish list item online, please use our online form and designate which item you have selected in the special instructions box.


Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA)

  • istock_6484877_large_webCorneal diamond knife and cleaning kits – $2,640
    Sharper than standard corneal knives, this instrument provides superior surgical incisions that result in less damage to adjacent healthy tissue and more rapid healing after surgery for common feline eye problems.
  • Electrocardiography telemetry systems
    These units will allow accurate remote monitoring of critically ill feline patients while minimizing the stress of hospitalization, which is an important consideration in maximizing clinical outcomes.

    • Central Monitoring Station- $35,285
    • Individual Patient Monitor (basic)- $7,000 each
    • Individual Patient Monitor (advanced) – $10,000 each
  • Neonatal ventilator with portable air compressor – $53,400
    This unit will provide mechanical ventilation for cats suffering from a variety of respiratory conditions. Designed for human neonatal care, its small size is optimal for the small breath size of newborn kittens.
  • Minimally invasive surgery simulator – $6,980
    Laparoscopy is the use of small, high definition cameras to examine and perform procedures on abdominal organs. This procedure is associated with shorter recovery times and improved comfort after abdominal surgery. Donations will allow the hospital to purchase one laparoscopic simulator for training veterinary students, which has been shown to improve outcomes for human surgeons performing these procedures.

Shelter Medicine Service 

  • istock_13161638_large_webOne-Day Trap/Neuter/Release Program – $1,000
    These funds will support the trapping and neutering of 30 cats in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
  • Radioactive Iodine Therapy for a senior hyperthyroid cat – $1,100
    These funds will be used to provide radioiodine therapy, the preferred therapy for hyperthyroidism, for a senior cat diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in a shelter in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
  • Veterinary student summer internship in Kitten Foster Program – $3,000
    These funds will be used to support an internship for a Cornell veterinary student in the Kitten Foster Program as a veterinary assistant under the supervision of Shelter Medicine Program faculty.
  • Digital Dental X-Ray Unit – $10,000
    These funds will be used to purchase a digital dental X-Ray system for the Shelter Medicine Service, which currently performs advanced dental procedures on over 100 cats annually.

istock_17071155_large_webShelter Outreach Services (SOS)

  • Suture material for spaying of cats: $4,000 ($10 per cat x 400 cats)
    This high quality suture material will cover the cost of suture for approximately one month’s worth of this important procedure performed by SOS.
  • Sterilization cost for each cat: – $3,900 ($65 x 60 cats per month)
    These funds will provide support for the approximately 60 cats the program sterilizes in one month. This service benefits not only the feline population, but also the veterinary students that learn vital lessons during this hands-on activity.                               
  • Annual cost to run the SOS mobile clinic – $5,000
    These funds will provide gas and maintenance for the SOS mobile clinic, which helps the team provide high quality spay and neuter operations to the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
  • Veterinary supplies (drugs, needles, syringes, endotracheal tubes, surgical gauze, surgical glue, etc.) – $12,000 per month
    These funds will support the purchase of the miscellaneous important items necessary to sterilize approximately 720 cats per month in each of 30 clinics in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.
  • Vaccines
    These funds will provide support for the vaccination of approximately 600 cats by SOS over a one-month period in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

    • $800 per month for feline panleukopenia
    • $570 per month for rabies