Student Resources


Incoming Students


New Student Information

Welcome to the Cornell veterinary community! Starting a new academic journey is exciting. To make sure it’s not also overwhelming, we invite you to use the information and resources on this page. It will help you navigate your transition to the veterinary college and the Ithaca community.

Time Sensitive Items

Please note that certain items require timely action on your part to ensure a smooth transition. For your time sensitive checklist click here

2015-2016 Academic Calendar  for the Class of 2019

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will provide you with invaluable resources to help you take full advantage of the academic, intellectual and social opportunities that await. Orientation for the Cornell DVM Class of 2019 will be on Monday, August 17, through Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

Orientation Schedule

Get your required books and supplies for the Fall 2015 semester-

For Foundation Course 1
For Foundation Course VIIa

Student Health Insurance

Health Insurance is mandatory for all full-time registered students at Cornell. All DVM students will be automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) and charged a mandatory premium.
The SHP Premium rates for the 2015-2016 Plan Year are:

Student: $2,560

Spouse/Domestic Partner: $5,280

Child(ren): $3,702            

The Optional Dental and Vision Plan Rates for the 2015-2016 Plan Year are:


Student: $289

Spouse/Domestic Partner: $307

Child(ren): $467


Student: $148

Spouse/Domestic Partner: $133

Child(ren): $89

New Enrollment/Waiver/Appeal Process

The Office of Student Health Benefits is partnering with Gallagher Student to offer a new SHP Enrollment/Waiver/Appeal experience for students. For more information about the Enrollment/Waiver/Appeal process for students and for details on enrolling spouses, domestic partners, and children please visit our website.

Time to act!: The Enrollment/Waiver/Appeal process will be open on May 20, 2015. The Enrollment/Waiver/Appeal deadline is August 16, 2015.

Students who successfully waive or appeal will charged an annual $350 Student Health Fee to support equitable access to low-cost care at Gannett and to help support campus-wide services.

New Location: The Office of Student Health Benefits has moved to 312 College Ave, Suite A. Please visit our contact page for directions and contact information. Please see our website to find out more about the services we provide.

Rabies Vaccination

Prophylactic immunization against rabies is mandatory for all veterinary students. You must be vaccinated either prior to enrollment or at cost through the Gannett Health Center at Cornell.

Vaccinations are scheduled at the beginning of the first semester during Orientation. The price of a pre-exposure rabies vaccination series (3 shots, 1.0 ml. Intramuscular) is approximately $1068 (subject to increase). This is not covered by the Cornell student health insurance policy and must be paid by the student to University Health Services via bursar bill or credit card.

If you are currently under other health insurance you may want to look into whether your current insurance will cover the rabies vaccination. A little advance planning on your part could save you quite a bit of money.

If you have already received a pre-exposure or post-exposure vaccination series please bring written proof from the institution where the vaccines were administered to Orientation. Information must include the product type, route of administration, dose and dates of the series.

Use the Listserv to communicate

The members of the veterinary community at Cornell rely heavily on email listservs to communicate. Each DVM class has its own listserv. Students can post messages to just their listserv or to other class lists. Vet college listservs are used to share information related to academic and social life.

Review the Student Handbook (coming soon)

Use  as a reference guide throughout your four years as a veterinary student. It contains vital information on Financial Planning, Curriculum, College and University Policies and Support Services.

Browse the internal student website

Once you have activated your Cornell Net ID you can access the (password protected) internal student site:

In order to access the internal home page from remote locations you must have vpn installed. The instructions to install VPN can be found at

Please ensure that your operating system software is up-to-date and the latest version of Java (found at is installed on your computer prior to installing the vpn.

Explore Ithaca

Ithaca offers a tremendous quality of life for students and long-term residents. Ithacans enjoy the diversity of a large city and the familiarity and friendliness of a small town. Learn more about what Ithaca can offer you.