DVM Admissions


DVM Admissions

DVM Admissions

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
S2-009 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY  14853

P: (607) 253-3766
F: (607) 253-3709

High School Counselors


High School College Counselors and faculty play an important role in advising students regarding career and educational goals.  To better assist advisors in this role below find some information that may be useful.  Of course, feel welcome to contact us anytime with questions or concerns- we are always happy to hear from you!

High School Courses- Studying hard and taking the highest level course available to them will assist in getting into a good college. We will ask students to take specific courses in college (English, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), so it might be helpful to take a course or two in those subjects in high school to prepare. 

Advanced Placement- We do accept AP Chemistry and Physics with a score of 4 or higher for our prerequisite requirements.  However, we do not accept AP for Biology or English.   If the student does take AP in these areas then they would take upper level college course work in those subjects once in their undergraduate curriculum.  For more information about prerequisite courses and a list of the specific requirements click on the “Prospective Student” link in the left hand navigation bar and go to the prerequisite course section.

Choosing a College/University- When advising students in choosing the colleges they will apply to, encourage them to consider a using a guide book to make their choices.  They are preparing for medicine and should aspire to attend a college or university that will offer them a challenging curriculum so they are well prepared.

Choosing a Major- We do not require a specific major in college.  The student should choose a major that they enjoy and do well in, but can also fit in the required labs sciences and English courses.

Bachelor’s Degree NOT Required- We do not require a bachelor’s degree to enter the DVM degree.  We will require all the prerequisite courses be completed along with a minimum of 60 semester credits.

Veterinary Experience- This can be gained through volunteer or paid experience with a veterinarian.  It might be difficult for high school students to gain veterinary experience until they are in college.  Many veterinarians prefer students to be a certain age before they will let them volunteer.  Encourage students to ask, however and perhaps a veterinarian will allow them to shadow for a while and come back at a later date to gain hands-on experience.

Animal Experience- High school students can gain animal experiences in a variety of ways.  It is helpful to be able to advise them on what is available in your community and assist in making these contacts.  Perhaps a file of locations and contact names.   If the student can bundle the experience into an internship this may also help them when they speak with the practice or place of business where they are looking to do the experience.  Some places may already have an internship in place. 

Summer College Experiences- We offer 3 week summer courses for high school students in the following areas:

    • Veterinary Medicine: Small Animal Practice
    • Veterinary Medicine: Equine Practice
    • Veterinary Medicine: Conservation Medicine
    • Animal Science: Captive Raptor Management
    • Animal Science: Sustainable Animal Husbandry

For more information about these classes please go to the following link www.sce.cornell.edu

Attend a Presentation and Tour or the Open House at the College of Veterinary Medicine to learn more~ http://www.vet.cornell.edu/admissions/PresandTours.cfm

Sign up for the Cornell Pre-Vet Newsletter~ http://www.vet.cornell.edu/admissions/PreVetNewsletters.cfm

Contact DVM Admissions to ask questions~ Vet_admissions@cornell.edu or (607)253-3700