Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

2016 White Coat Ceremony

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine provides a rich environment for learning, and provides students with the opportunity to learn in context. Our students receive a world-class education at a College with internationally renowned faculty and facilities, a unique, innovative educational approach, and an unmatched network of academic support.

Cornell students work with animals from day one of our program, building their clinical skills while fostering critical thinking and communication.

Hands-on learning is a hallmark of Cornell’s education from the first day. The physical act of performing what you’ve learned helps to solidify the experience and is the best way to understand the subtle differences between theory and execution.

James K. Morrisey, D.V.M. '92, Senior Lecturer

 Students examine a horse in first year lab At the same time, they build a strong foundation of biomedical and clinical knowledge while training on state-of the-art technology.

Most Cornell veterinary students accept offers of employment before graduating, with graduates going on to careers in private practice, conservation, academia, and beyond.  No matter what they do, our alums are known to become leaders and innovators in their field, carrying on a tradition of excellence that our College has established since its inception.

The work on clinical skills is inspiring to students; many say the live animal labs give them a ‘reality check’ as they work on the intellectually challenging subject matter in the classroom and tutor room.

Carolyn McDaniel, V.M.D., Senior Lecturer, Section of Veterinary Curriculum Foundation Course Leader - Block VII

Two students in the lab practicing surgery on a Syndaver model