Journalists get sneak peek of new ARK equine and aviary facilities at JFK

Get behind-the-scenes tour of the newly completed Equine Import Quarantine and Aviary and meet the veterinarian who ensures animal safety for The ARK at JFK

WHO:            Journalists get a first look at The ARK’s Equine Import Quarantine and Aviary, opening June 2017, and meet the Cornell University veterinarian, Linda Mittel, who helped develop the biosecurity and quarantine protocols. Mittel will give media tours and provide an overview of safety recommendations and diseases pet owners need to be aware of this summer.

WHEN:          Thursday, June 8, noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE:        JFK International Airport, 78 North Boundary Road, Cargo Building 78A

MEDIA:         To attend please contact Daryl Lovell at (607) 592-3925 or by e-mail at

NEW YORK – Ensuring the health and safety of animals traveling domestically and internationally is the focus of veterinarians at The ARK at JFK, the world’s first privately-owned animal airport handling and quarantine facility. This June, The ARK will debut its completed Equine Import Quarantine and Aviary. Journalists will have the first opportunity to see the completed quarantine and aviary and meet the veterinarian who closely designed the biosecurity and quarantine protocols at a journalists-only lunch and media tour from noon to 1 p.m. at JFK International Airport. Photography and videography is welcome.

Linda Mittel, a senior extension associate at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has practiced equine veterinary care for 30 years, researching emerging equine diseases, tick-borne diseases and parasites in horses. Dr. Mittel will lead media tours around the newly opened facilities of The ARK. As an expert in infectious diseases, she will also give a short presentation on her work at the terminal to ensure safety controls, provide recommendations for pet owners traveling with animals this summer and an overview of diseases owners need to be aware of when traveling with animals. Elizabeth A. Schuette, who is the managing director of The ARK at JFK and oversees Pet Oasis operations, will also be available to answer questions and lead media tours.

The new equine quarantine center features 48 climate-controlled stalls for equine guests. The latest biosecurity designs and protocols aid in public health by helping control dangerous domestic and foreign diseases. The ARK Aviary includes three specialized rooms where staff can feed, clean and care for birds under the supervision of the USDA. For larger commercial and zoo shipments, there are two large flight cage rooms that include a bird swimming pool.

The ARK, a $65 million facility, sits on 14.4 acres at New York’s JFK International Airport. Since the opening of the first phase of the project, the center has housed horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, mice, goats and many other animals. The center features in-transit companion animal kenneling, boarding and veterinary and diagnostic services. Phase 1 of the project, which included The ARK Pet Oasis and the Equine Export Center, opened in January 2017. Phase 3 of the project, which includes a 24/7 veterinary clinic and long-term pet boarding facility, will be finished later this year. The center will be fully operational by fall 2017.

Interested attendees are asked to notify Daryl Lovell. The ARK is located at Cargo Building 78A at 78 North Boundary Rd. Parking is available in front of the building.



About Inside Cornell: This event is part of a series held in New York City featuring high-interest experts working at Cornell University in Ithaca and in New York City. The free, catered lunch sessions are on-the-record, and media members are welcome to record video and audio as desired.


Daryl Lovell
Office: 607-254-4799
Mobile: 607-592-3925