Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell

Shelter Dogs  

Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), MA

Janet L. Swanson Director of Shelter Medicine
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
S1-068 Schurman Hall
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University, Ithaca 14853


Dr. Berliner’s clinical interests include high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter; diagnosis, management, and prevention of infectious diseases, particularly zoonoses; and innovative outreach programs promoting accessible veterinary care, humane behaviors, and the human-animal bond. Additionally, she is passionate about veterinary student training and client education. She believes a veterinarian needs to act as both educator and doctor in most clinical settings, and encourages her students to embrace their capacity for improving the lives of animals in their communities and beyond.

In addition to serving as the Janet L. Swanson, Director for Shelter Medicine at Cornell, Dr. Berliner also acts as a consultant and lead veterinarian for the HSVMA’s Field Services program (formerly RAVS), which facilitates mobile spay/neuter and preventive medicine clinics in rural areas of the US to communities without access to routine veterinary care.


DVM, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine 2003

MA, English Literature, Binghamton University 1993

BA, English Literature with Certification in Secondary Education, Union College (Schenectady) 1991

Diplomate, American  Board of Veterinary Practice (Canine/Feline), 2012