About Us

Update!    Our own Dawn Tornusciolo, DVM has purchased the practice from Drs Shakespeare and Armao as of October 1st 2021.  Although ownership has changed–we will not!  We will continue to provide the same expert, friendly and courteous service we always have, our commitment to you and your pets will remain the same.

Cornerstone opened its doors on May 8, 2006 as a companion animal veterinary hospital.

We are dedicated to providing quality care to our patients in a friendly, cooperative environment for both our clients and staff.


With over a decade of veterinary practice in Ithaca, we aim to provide our clients with a small practice and people who recognize them and their pets. We welcome the advances our profession has made in the last 15 years, and offer them to clients. However, we strongly feel that preventive health care should be available to all owners. We try to provide reasonable alternatives when an owner is faced with difficult medical decisions. To read more about Cornerstone and our philosophy, please clink on link- 2006 Lansing Star article.


“We plan to stay small and intimate, and warm,” Shakespeare explains.  “We don’t want to be a big practice.  We want to be a family-feel practice where we can provide long-term care.”  And that includes interaction with pet owners. You are seeing people who are looking for answers, people who have animals and are showing their affection for their animals. You get to witness that and help them with that and you get to help them make really hard decisions about their animal, and feel like you are really making a difference.”

Cornerstone Family in the IthacaFest Parade 2007


We are pleased and proud to be recognized as the winner of the Animal Care division

Ithaca Journal’s Reader’s Choice 2015

We would like to thank our wonderful clients for their vote and support!

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