Outstanding Alumni Awards - Mitchell Kornet

Mitchell Kornet
Mitchell Kornet ’76, DVM ’79

Mitchell Kornet is an esteemed veterinarian, a passionate Cornellian, and a respected community leader. Kornet is the owner and director of Mid Island Animal Hospital, where he has worked since 1981. Mid Island Animal Hospital is a five-doctor companion animal practice in Hicksville, N.Y., certified by the American Animal Hospital Association.

Kornet knew he wanted to become a veterinarian at 13 and spent his summers working on dairy farms and leading his local chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). At Cornell, Kornet was a founding member of Cornell’s FFA chapter and, after three years of undergraduate work, he was admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine with dual enrollment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Since graduating from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Kornet has remained an active volunteer for the college, CALS, and Cornell. Kornet has been Chairman of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dean’s Leadership Committee, serves on the CALS Dean’s Advisory Council, and is a member of the Cornell University Council. Kornet has held nearly every leadership role in the CALS Alumni Association.

Kornet continues to serve as a mentor for many of Cornell’s students and future students. He has hosted hundreds of students during class trips to his practice and has allowed students of all ages to shadow him during his daily activities at work. He also participates in the CALS Alumni Career Link and Cornell’s Extern Programs.

Kornet has received awards from the Long Island Cat Fanciers and Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. The latter was in recognition for his work with the Disaster Preparedness Committee and scheduling 24-hour veterinary care for search dogs at the World Trade Center.

Kornet and his wife, Renee, have two children, Allison ’04 and Robin ’08, who both graduated from the CALS Department of Communication. They are proud to welcome another Cornellian into the family when Allison marries Matthew White ’04 in December.