Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons offers Cornell veterinary students a truly unique opportunity to experience veterinary medicine in a developing country.

The 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) . Some countries that our students have traveled to through this program are Ghana, Uganda, Madagascar, Thailand, Vietnam, Honduras, South Africa, Kenya etc. It is the student's responsibility to identify contacts and projects in the country they want to work in. However the faculty and the Office of Student and Academic Services work with students to help them identify contacts.

Students can participate in the expanding horizons program anytime during their four years but given the curriculum demands and the academic calendar, most students participate in the program during the summer of the first or second year.

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  • November: Call for Proposals
  • February: Proposals due in the Office of Student and Academic Services by noon
  • March: Notification of Awards
  • October: Deadline for submission of reports

Sample Past Projects

Utilizing camera trap photos to survey for poaching injuries and chronic disease in wildlife in protected areas of Malawi
Epidemiology of Peste des Petits Ruminants in domestic goats and the risk of transmission to wildlife: Chitwan, Nepal
Understanding Farmer Social Drivers Affecting Conservation Efforts in Nambia
Prevalence of canine hookworms in different geographic regions and comparison of cultural influences and metrics associated with risk (Cambodia)
Clinical, Metabolic and Behavioral Effects of Glycine supplementation in Cheetahs (Phnom, Cambodia and Isla Mujeres, Mexico)
Equin Sarcoids in Nicaragua: Prevalence, Treatment and Success (Grenada, Nicaragua)
Nutrition and Behavior in Sika Deer in Nara Park: An Analysis of Touris Feeding and Welfare (Nara, Japan)
Cross-sectional analysis of risk factors of canine Ehrlichiosis and determination of true prevalence of actice Ehrlichia spp. Infection in domestic dogs on Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050: Veterinary Public Health with the food and agriculture organization of the United Nations (Rome, Italy)
Predicting infection status at drynig off and the efficacy of internal teat sealants in dairy cows in New Zealand
Wyntir and the conservation of Rhinoceros in Mpumalanga, South Africa
Gastrointestinal ascarids in farmed Nile crocodiles of Zimbabwe
Examining acid-base Status and Lactate Concentration in Immobiized, Free-Ranging African Elephants
Determining a Baseline Population of Free-Ranging Domestic Cats in Palau
Detection, Statistical Analysis and Epidemiologic Mapping of Tick-Borne Encephalitis Infections in Domestic Animals in Croatia
Analyzing Methods of Disease Surveillance and Genetic Classifications in Urban and Wildlife Populations: A One Health Approach
Exploring Human-Wildlife Conflict and Wildlife Clinical Medicine at University of Uberlandia, Brazil
Leptospira Antibiotic Resistance Testing in Chile


  • Dr. Martin Gilbert
  • Dr. Jarra Jagne
  • Dr. Paul Maza
  • Dr. Hussni Mohammed
  • Dr. Daryl Nydam
  • Dr. Steve Osofsky
  • Dr. Ton Schat
  • Dr. Jai Sweet
  • Dr. Alexander Travis
  • Dr. Caroline Yancey (Chair)