Educational Opportunities

The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has a wide range of extra learning opportunities for students looking to broaden or deepen their education:

Leadership Program for Veterinary Students at Cornell University

The Leadership Program for Veterinary Scholars at Cornell University is a unique summer research experience for veterinary students who seek to broadly influence the veterinary profession through a science-based career.student working in a zoo


A program for students, established scholars, and clinicians that focuses well-being of the aquatic environment and its inhabitants with hands-on field work.

Summer Dairy Institute

An advanced training program for prospective dairy veterinarians held at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Expanding Horizons

This program provides grants to Cornell veterinary students who are interested in veterinary experience in developing nations. Students spend 6-10 weeks in a developing country engaged in either veterinary research or hands-on veterinary experience (this ranges from wildlife rehabilitation to working with local farmers to develop artificial insemination techniques for their dairy herds).Students on FARVETS trip

Veterinary Investigator Program

This 10-week summer program exposes first- and second-year veterinary students to biomedical research at the highest level of inquiry and to motivate students to pursue the study of research problems that are relevant to veterinary medicine.

Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation Fellowship Program

This ten-week program allows our first-, second- or third-year veterinary students to participate in current projects at the Equine Genetics Center of the Baker Institute for Animal Health. Start dates are flexible for any consecutive 10-week period between May and September.

Externships and Opportunity Blocks


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

Externship Opportunities

Biomedical Research

Business Management     

Corporate Veterinary Careers



Food Animal

Government/ Public Policy and Public Health Sites


Laboratory Animal Veterinary Careers

Large Animal Resources




Wildlife, zoological and exotic resources

Additional Resources:

Opportunity Blocks

Students in their sixth, seventh and eighth semesters may obtain off-campus clinical experience for credit in institutional setting with established teaching programs, or in facilities offering unique clinical or research experiences. Proposed programs must be approved by the faculty coordinators of the block who will then determine appropriate university credits. Lists of approved opportunity blocks are available at


Internships are non-degree programs that provide training for practice, clinical teaching, and specialty-board eligibility. Generally, a one-year rotating internship in medicine and surgery is prerequisite for residency programs and for board certification. A directory of available internships is published by the AAVC each year (available in mid-September and accessible online).