To complete the program in 1 calendar year, students must earn a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester (fall, spring, and summer) for a total of 36 credits. This includes core course work, 1 required on-site laboratory per semester, and elective courses. Students may also choose to pursue their studies at a more moderate pace to accommodate other professional and personal commitments. For additional details read our program handbook.
Students must take 5 credits of laboratory instruction (with 5-6 full days of instruction in the laboratory being equivalent to 1 credit). We recommend students take a minimum of 1 laboratory credit each semester on the Cornell University campus. Lab options offered at Cornell University are detailed in Table 2.
In the final semester, students will be required to complete a literature review-based capstone project with guidance from program faculty.
|Parasites of Domestic Animals*||2|
|Federal Government’s Role in Animal Health||
|Parasitologic Diagnostic Methods Video Lab||2|
|Organisms as Lab Models||1|
|Early Drug Discovery||1|
|Scientific Writing and Critical Review of Literature||1|
|Statistics for Efficacy Studies||
|Capstone Project Research||3|
|Non-Morphologic Parasite ID||CU||1|
|Cases with Lab Specimens – Lg Animal||CU||1|
|Cases with Lab Specimens – Sm Animals||CU||1|
|The Parasitologic Necropsy Lab||CU||1|
|Parasitologic Histology Lab||OTH||1|
*If students already possess the DVM degree (or equivalent), the requirement for taking the Parasites of Domestic Animals and Introductory Pharmacology courses is waived.
‡This laboratory is required for all students.
|Biting Flies and Myiasis||1|
|Fleas and Lice||1|
|Internal Parasites of Dogs||2|
|Internal Parasites of Cats||1|
|Internal Parasites of Cattle||2|
|Internal Parasites of Horses**||2|
|Internal Parasites of Pigs||1|
|Internal Parasites of Sheep||2|
|Parasites of Poultry**||1|
|Parasites of Food Fish**||1|
|Parasites of Zoo Animals**||1|
|Parasites of People||2|
|Introductory Parasite Identification in Clinical Samples**||1|
|Imaging of Parasites In Vivo||1|
|Comparative Microanatomy of the Parasitic Protista**||1|
|Comparative Microanatomy of Helminths and Arthropods**||1|
|Drug Discovery– The Big 12||1|
|Alternate Parasite Control Approaches in Sheep and Goats||1|
|Morphologic Identification of Parasitic Helminths and Arthopods**||1|
|Morphologic Identification of Parasitic Protista**||1|
** Courses coming soon