Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

Registrar / Office of Student & Academic Services

S2009 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

phone: 607-253-3766
fax: 607-253-3709

Externships & Opportunity Blocks

Externships are brief (usually 2-4 weeks) work opportunities away form the College for which credit is not given. Students seeking special work experiences may do so through externships, often during the third or fourth year of veterinary school. Private and corporate practices, humane societies, governmental agencies, and pharmaceutical/pet food companies offer externships. Compensation may or may not be offered for externships.

Opportunity Blocks
Students in their 6th, 7th, and 8th semesters may obtain off-campus clinical experience for credit in institutional settings with established teaching programs, or in facilities offering unique clinical or research experiences not available within the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. Proposed Opportunity Blocks must be approved through the Office of the Registrar in order to receive credit. 

Students are required to obtain the AVMA PLIT Liability Insurance for each Opportunity Block they participate in, as they are not covered by Cornell's insurance while on an Opportunity Block.  Applications are available in the Office of Student & Academic Services or online at