Support Services

Students at Ropes CourseOur students have access to a wealth of resources and support services that help create a pleasant, positive, and productive experience.

Faculty Advisors

All our incoming DVM students are assigned faculty advisors. Newly matriculated students will meet their faculty advisors during orientation. This brief meeting is meant to be a building of a relationship. The faculty advisor's role is to serve as a source of support and guidance for their students.

Peer Mentors

The goal of Peer Mentoring is to help incoming first year DVM students make a smooth transition and adjust to life as a student at the college. Peer mentors are second or third year DVM students and are invaluable resources as they can offer advice based on their personal experience at the college.

Peer Mentors are assigned to all first year DVM students. Incoming students are typically contacted by their peer mentors during the summer before they are scheduled to enter the DVM program.

Class of 2026 Peer Mentors
Kaitlyn Carberry

Hi everyone! My name is Kaitlyn and I am a member of the class of 2025. I grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I majored in Pre-Veterinary Sciences and minored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. My interests are quite broad so I’m still figuring out where my DVM will eventually take me, but I am definitely interested in specializing! On campus, I work as a student tech with LA Crew at ENFAH, am a Purina student rep, will be serving as an E-Board member of ZAWS, and am involved with SAVMA as a White-Coat Wellness Co-Chair and Jr. Philanthropy Chair. When not studying, I enjoy hiking, exploring Ithaca, trying new recipes, and playing with my hedgehog, Benny. I am super excited to meet everyone - always feel free to reach out to me any time (! 

Emily Davis

Hi Everyone! My name is Emily and I am a member of the class of 2025. I am from New Jersey and graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2021 with a degree in Equine Science and Breeding. Both at home and during undergrad I worked at a small animal emergency and specialty hospital. While balancing work and school, I played collegiate soccer and competed in the hurdles for track. 

At the Cornell University Hospital for Animals I work in the Small Animal Emergency Department. I am still undecided on my professional goals, however I am leaning towards small animal medicine. I continue to leave my options open by taking diverse classes in all specialties. I am the Vice President of Cornell's Veterinary Business Management Association and this is one of my favorite parts of vet school. 

Outside of school, I love going on hikes when the weather allows. There are so many beautiful places to explore in Ithaca. In the colder months, I am into skiing and snowboarding. 

Alayzha Turner-Rodgers

My name is Alayzha and I am a third-year student (c/o 2024) from Phoenix, Arizona! After graduating from Arizona State University in 2019 I took a gap year working as a small animal veterinary assistant and most importantly, soaking up the sun! Now, I am focused on becoming a wildlife veterinarian with a special interest in conservation.

School keeps me busy enough but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying my extracurriculars! On campus, I work as a student technician at the Wildlife Hospital and as a student milker at the Teaching Dairy Barn, I serve as the President of the Black DVM Network Student Chapter, and I dance as a part of the Vet Dance Collective and on a Cornell main campus dance team called BreakFree. On top of it all, I love to spend time with my friends exploring Ithaca trails, coffee shops, and restaurants.

I’m excited to meet the Class of 2026 and I look forward to my second year on the peer mentor team!

Truc Vu

Hi! My name is Truc (pronounced /trook/) and I am a member of the Class of 2025 from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I came to the US as an exchange student my last year of high school then attended the University of Cincinnati majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience. I took a gap year before vet school to work at a small animal general practice, an emergency facility, and another surgical specialist facility. At Cornell, I am working as an Emergency Student Assistant in the ER at CUHA. I am also a rush chair for Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) and the president of the Association of Asian Veterinary Medical Professions (AAVMP). In my free time, I love doing Crossfit, working out of some kind, or feasting in my bed while binging TV shows. I am beyond excited to meet you guys. Feel free to reach out whenever you need a shoulder to cry on, someone to grab food with, or a workout buddy. 

Yimei Lin

Hi everyone! My name is Yimei (pronounced “E-may”) and I’m a rising third year. I am from just outside of Syracuse. I went to Colgate University where I majored in Biology and Music. I played the cello in the chamber and orchestra all throughout college. On campus, I work as a student tech in the dentistry department at CUHA and am the education chair for OTS (Omega Tau Sigma). Outside of vet school, I enjoy quilting, gardening, listening to music, and spending time outdoors with my dog Charley. I also hand sew and sell custom surgical scrub caps. My professional goals are undecided, but I am really interested in small animal internal medicine and research. My dream is to become a vet in Hawaii. I am so excited to meet you all this fall!

Hery Ríos-Guzmán

¡Hola! My name is Hery Ríos-Guzmán (he/him/his), and I am a member of the Class of 2024. I hail from Puerto Rico, where I majored in Animal Science and obtained a Pre-Vet certificate. Currently, I’m working hard to become an aquatic veterinarian. I strive to protect aquatic ecosystems by employing a One Health philosophy in my future endeavors. In addition, I am considering obtaining a Ph.D. in coral reef ecology. 

My interest in aquatic animals stems from my tropical roots and my previous experiences. While the bulk of my animal experience was large animal-based (+ fishes, of course), and I have some clinical experience from working at a general practice, my most fruitful moments were lived while doing coral reef and parrot fish research. When I’m not studying or teaching Spanish to my peers, I’m invested in books, calligraphy, or yoga. I also love to swim, and enjoy learning new recipes to cook! 
Now, a few words for you: I could not be happier that you’ve decided to join the CVM family! It’ll be an honor to be part of your first steps here at Cornell. Know that I am here for you if you need anything! 

Hannah Flamme

Hello! My name is Hannah and I am a member of the class of 2024. I grew up in Summit, NJ and attended Penn State University where I majored in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. A career in veterinary medicine has been my dream for as long as I can remember. While my interests are varied, I hope to pursue a career in small animal medicine after completing my DVM at Cornell. I also have interests in internal medicine, oncology, and emergency medicine. On campus, I work as a student assistant for Cornell’s Oncology Service, am involved with the Animal Behavior Club and Pet Loss Support Hotline, and of course enjoy being a Peer Mentor! When not studying, I enjoy distance running and hiking with my dog, reading, playing piano, Penn State football, working at the Teaching Dairy Barn, and all things outdoors. I am a big proponent of wellness in vet school and finding ways to balance physical and mental health as a student. I am very excited to welcome you all into the CVM community! Please feel free to reach out to me any time (  

Sara Coby

Hi everyone! My name is Sara and I am in the class of 2025. I am from Long Island and graduated from Penn State, where I majored in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Currently, I work as a Nursing Care Assistant in the small animal ICU at CUHA. My professional goals are undecided, however I am very interested in pursuing a career in small animal emergency medicine. When I’m not studying, you can find me hanging out with my cats, at the gym, or exploring Ithaca with my friends!  

Finding ways to balance school while maintaining mental wellbeing is extremely important to me. I am so excited to meet you all and help you navigate your first year of vet school! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime (  

Maryna Mullerman

My name is Maryna (pronounced MAH-RI-NAH) and I am originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine. I immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen and finished high school in Brooklyn, NY. I received my BS in Biology from Stony Brook University where I also got a minor in Creative Writing. I took a gap year before coming to vet school and worked full-time as a veterinary technician in NYC. I am interested in all things vet med but my current passions are small animal medicine, public health, education, and international work. Here at Cornell I am involved in multiple clubs and work at the Dermatology Service in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. I am fluent in both Ukrainian and Russian and want to learn more languages in the future. I love live standup comedy (especially in NYC), Mediterranean cuisine, biking, street performers, traveling, and brunch. If I could eat brunch three times a day, I would. I have a ten-year-old cocker spaniel named Persik (which means "Peach" in Russian) who is also, not surprisingly, very passionate about food. Excited to meet all of you!

Katerina Wehe

Hi everyone! My name is Katerina Wehe and I’m a member of the class of 2025. I’m from Niskayuna, New York and attended SUNY Oswego where I majored in biology and had a minor in chemistry. I was involved in many activities including playing on the Women’s Club Ice Hockey team, doing behavioral research on bats during summers in Costa Rica, and training two guide dogs through Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I have worked in both equine and small animal practices as a veterinary assistant and plan to pursue a career in small animal private practice. When I’m not studying, I enjoy baking, hiking with my dog, and exploring new restaurants in Ithaca. I am very excited to meet all of you and welcome you to Cornell Vet School! 

John Grealish

I am most interested in small animal specialty medicine, particularly in Cardiology. Before attending Cornell, I received my BS in Pre-Veterinary Science from UMass Amherst and had a variety of opportunities in and out of school. At UMass, I served as a TA for 3 courses and worked at the livestock barn. I also worked as a Cardiology Assistant at MSPCA Angell in Boston and completed an internship at Yellowstone Bear World where I bottle-fed baby bears for 3 months among other amazing tasks. At Cornell, I serve as the SAVMA National Delegate and National SAVMA Wellbeing Committee Chair, President of the Cardiology Club, Nursing Care Assistant in the ICU, Honor Board Representative, and a member of the mental health committee, and am one of the directors of the Southside healthy pet clinic. Outside of vet school, I love hanging out with my 3 dogs and 1 cat, playing music, and going for hikes around Ithaca. Before studying vet med, I toured North America playing bass in a band, and have played in 46/50 states and most of Canada. I am also a first-generation college graduate. I'm eager to share all of the amazing opportunities vet school has to offer!

Mia Jacobson

My name is Mia and I am starting my second year of vet school. I graduated with a Bachelors in Animal Science from Cornell and have lived in Ithaca for the last five years. I am originally from Rochester, NY and I enjoy being only a few hours from my family and my golden retriever, Sully. I am interested in small animal internal medicine with interests in cardiology and oncology. At school, I am part of the internal medicine club and in the past year, I have gained some amazing experiences working as a small animal emergency student assistant at CUHA. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading at Stewart Park, and taking my friends to all the amazing spots to enjoy in Ithaca. I am a young adult cancer survivor and I work with an organization called 13Thirty Cancer Connect in Rochester and Syracuse, NY. I am so excited to be one of the peer mentors this year and I cannot wait to meet all of the new incoming students. 

Warren Billard

My name is Warren I am apart of Cornell CVM Class of 2025. I am from Houston, Texas born and raised have lived in Texas all my life except my time in vet school. I attended Texas Tech University for undergrad and received a degree in Animal Science. I’m the youngest sibling and I think I definitely have the personality to match. I am most interested in Public Health and Food Safety/Security and currently am working with the government as an intern over breaks (feel free to ask me any questions related to public health). Food animals are my main squeeze but the occasional puppy or kitten can bring a smile to my face. Being easy going and approachable is something I strive to do so don’t be afraid to chat with me any time you see me in the hallways or class. I am excited to meet my mentees and all of the people I can in the class(es) below me during my time here at Cornell CVM! 

Mitchell Gage

My name is Mitch Gage, and I’m a member of the class of 2024. I’m from the Syracuse area, and went to Binghamton University for undergrad, where I studied Biology and Biological Anthropology. I’m interested in working with small animals and exotic species after I graduate.  

In my free time, I like to play basketball, practice guitar, and read. I also really enjoy playing video games like Smash Bros and the Legend of Zelda. A little boring maybe, but whatever helps me relax after studying and classes! 

I’m so excited to meet all the incoming students, and hope I can contribute to them having a great experience here at Cornell vet! With the increasing awareness around mental health in the vet field, I hope I can help provide another support system for new students and help them during the difficult transition, so that they can thrive and achieve all of their veterinary dreams! 

Alanna Horton

Hi! My name is Alanna Horton and a member of the class of 2024. I’m originally from southeastern Massachusetts but earned my undergraduate degree in 2019 at Davidson College in North Carolina. I took a gap year before starting at Cornell and worked as a small animal veterinary technician and as an intern in a wildlife clinic. I am exploring careers in lab animal medicine, exotics, small animal general practice, and small animal specialty.

On campus, I work as an ICU Nursing Care Assistant and am also a member of Omega Tau Sigma. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing video games, reading fiction, and playing my favorite sport—tennis! I am so excited to meet all of you and welcome you to the CVM community!
Jackson Seminara

Jackson grew up in New York City and came to Cornell University for undergrad, where he studied Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As he progressed through his education, Jackson worked in various research labs studying anything and everything he could from ornithology to landscape and chemical ecology. As his research interests developed, he discovered that the nexus between animal health and sustainable agriculture was far and away the most rewarding research he could participate in. With this as a focal point, Jackson returned to Cornell for veterinary school to start his journey toward becoming a clinician scientist. As a vet student, Jackson participated in a few dairy cow projects that ultimately drove him to settle on dairy cow disease as a main research priority. This launched his application to the Combined Degree DVM/PhD where he was accepted and continues to follow his passion for applied epidemiology as it relates to production and animal welfare, in the McArt Dairy Cow Lab. Beyond the barn, Jackson loves cooking, writing, taking on home improvement projects with his longtime partner, hanging with his friends and family, playing with his dog and two cats, and enjoying all of the natural beauty that Ithaca has to offer.

Student Disability Services

It is our intention to provide reasonable accommodations for students with qualifying disabilities who are admitted to the DVM program. The accommodations apply to classroom and examination situations and activities based in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

Students who believe they are entitled to an accommodation should contact the Assistant Dean of Student Services and Admissions, Dr. Jai Sweet ( In order to make decisions based upon an individual's specific situation, it may take some to determine what is appropriate and fair given the nature of the disability as well as the requirements of veterinary education. When possible, a student should initiate the process in the summer before their matriculation, or, if later, as soon as the disability arises.

While your prior history is relevant for determining reasonable accommodations, you should realize that we might not grant the same accommodations that you have received in the past. Your request for accommodations will be carefully reviewed according to what is reasonable and appropriate given the nature of your disability and the essential components of your academic program. The final authority regarding accommodations rests with the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Counseling Services

Confidential counseling services are available at the college to all CVM students through Cornell Health.  You can schedule an appointment by logging in to myCornellHealth and selecting Appointments.  You may also call 607-255-5155 during business hours to schedule.

Diverse approaches to personal problem resolution, including short-term psychotherapy, crisis intervention, stress management training, and academic counseling are used. Long-term therapy and psychotherapy can be arranged for those in need of these services.