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
2014-2015 Academic Calendar for the Class of 2018
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 2018 will be on Monday, August 18, through Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Orientation Schedule.
Get your required books and supplies for the Fall 2014 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 Insurance Plan (SHIP) and charged a mandatory premium 2014-2015 SHIP fee ($2,352. per student). For spouse, partner and family rates see the SHIP website The charge for the SHIP premium will appear on your July bursar bill.
If you have other comparable health insurance you may waive the Student Health Insurance. Information on the Health Insurance Appeal process will be available in June. For more information on Cornell University's student health insurance go to http://www.studentinsurance.cornell.edu
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.
Get to know your peer mentor
Every incoming student is paired with a peer mentor from the second- or third-year class. Your peer mentor can be an invaluable resource as he or she can offer you advice based on personal experiences as a veterinary student at Cornell. Feel free to call or email your peer mentor as soon as you receive contact information this summer. You will have a chance to meet your peer mentor in person during Orientation.
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
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: http://students.vet.cornell.edu
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 http://www.it.cornell.edu/services/vpn/howto/index.cfm
Please ensure that your operating system software is up-to-date and the latest version of Java (found at www.java.com) is installed on your computer prior to installing the vpn.
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