Admission to the AQUAVET® I , II, and III courses, and to the research program, is competitive and based primarily on a review of application materials submitted. Decisions are made by a committee from the sponsoring institutions, in consultation with faculty from each applicant's school. The decisions represent the committee's assessments of each applicant's ability to make use of the opportunity, as indicated by academic performance, previous experience in related fields, purpose and goals, and general qualifications. The potential contribution of the student to the future development of the field of aquatic veterinary medicine will be among the factors considered by the admissions committee.
Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania are equal opportunity, affirmative action educators and admit students of any race, color, sex, religion, and national and ethnic origin, and students who may be handicapped or disabled.
Tuition and other costs attendant on participation in the AQUAVET® courses are determined on an annual basis and reflect current operating expenses. Every effort is made to keep tuition and fees as low as possible. Stipends allotted to those persons who are selected for the summer research program are also determined annually according to available funds.
Travel costs to and from Bristol, RI, and miscellaneous expenses must, in any case, be borne by the students. Click here for most current cost information.
Is it possible to take more than one AQUAVET® course in the same summer?Since AQUAVET®I and AQUAVET®II overlap, they must be taken in separate years. AQUAVET®I is also a prerequisite for other courses. It is possible to take AQUAVET®III in the same year with either AQUAVET®I or AQUAVET®II. It is possible to participate in the student summer research program with either of the first two courses, too.
Students from the veterinary colleges at Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania receive academic credit for successful completion of any AQUAVET® course or research phase. Other institutions may, at their own discretion, grant credit to participating students. AQUAVET® students already in possession of the veterinary degree are issued continuing education credits upon successful completion of the course.
Those students requiring a formal grade in order to receive academic credit from their home institution should make this fact known to the directors before the start of the course. Grades will be based on class, field trip, and laboratory participation and on the student's seminar presentation.
A person wishing to apply for admission to the AQUAVET® I, II, or III courses, or to be considered for the research fellowship, must submit transcripts of all college-level work and a completed application form. Statements on that form should contain all relevant information, but should be kept as succinct as possible. The deadline for receipt of applications is indicated on the form, as is the approximate date on which applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions. Applications may be downloaded from this page (see below). We request that the completed application form be sent as a pdf or MS Word email attachment to the Office of the Director. Transcripts may also be submitted electronically if possible.
Course announcements and application materials are automatically sent to each North American College or School of Veterinary Medicine in November on an annual basis to facilitate access by veterinary students. Applications are normally due in mid-January.
Please note that each application contains four pages. Follow the directions on the application carefully. Please note: these applications are not designed to be filled out on-line.
Please note that: Completed application form should be sent as an e-mail attachment to: AQUAVET@vet.upenn.edu; the transcripts must be submitted electronically as well. Applications for the 2015 AQUAVET® Program are due 15 January 2015 in the Office of the Director of AQUAVET®.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION. Once you have sent in your application, Dr. Stremme will send an acknowledgement when he has received this and also when he has received supporting materials such as the transcripts. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, contact Dr. Stremme to be sure he has received your application
and official copies of transcripts.
Donald W. Stremme, V.M.D.
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
110 Rosenthal Building
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Rodman G. Getchell, Ph.D.
Associate Director of AQUAVET®
College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, New York 14853
Laurie J. Landeau, V.M.D., M.B.A.
Associate Director of AQUAVET®
6031 Castle Haven Road
Cambridge, MD 21613