Students at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine are successful by all measures. They bring a rich and diverse set of interests and experiences to the college, which seeks to provide an educational environment in which they will thrive. Our students enjoy the learning process, which is both challenging and rewarding. They are also engaged in many activities outside the formal curriculum that enhance their academic experience. For instance, membership of Cornell students in the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) exceeds 95%, and more than 35 other student organizations provide opportunities for students to get involved and pursue special interests.
A wide range of resources, advising, and support services are in place to
help students succeed. These mechanisms also help to identify any problems as
they arise, so that they may be addressed in a timely manner. Attrition rates
among our veterinary students are very low (<2%), and instances when a
student leaves the program for academic reasons are unusual. Occasionally, and
usually for personal reasons, a student may require an extended leave of
absence; in these cases, the student will join a later class, but typically
completes the program successfully.