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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.

Learn more and see a map of past projects.

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Timetable 2016-2017

  • October 24, 2018     Call for Proposals
  • February 18, 2019     Proposals due in the Office of Student and Academic Services by noon
  • March 12, 2019           Notification of Awards
  • October 31, 2019       Deadline for submission of reports

2018 - 2019 Program Application Guidelines 

Sample Past Projects


ARA Project, Costa Rica
American Fondouk, Morocco
Echinococcosis Risk Factors, Northern Kyrgyzstan
Escherichia coli, Eastern Ethiopia
Canine Rabies (CDC), Bangladesh
World Health Organization, Switzerland
mammalian parasites, Senegal, West Africa
Silent Heroes Foundation, Uganda
Jane Goodall Institute, Uganda
Roaming Dog Population in American Samoa
Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia


World Health Organization, Switzerland
Cows in the Clouds Veterinary Medicine in Ancash, Peru
Capture, Collar and Release of Jaguar in the Sierra Madre Oriental of San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Survey of Caprine Mastitis in Coban, Guatemala
Ethno-Veterinary Medicine Among the Maasai of Northern Tanzania
GPS Tracking and Disease Surveillance of Domestic Dogs, Africa
Rabies Virus Control through Public Education and Vaccinations, Ghana
Ear Tagging in Free-Roaming Dogs, Romania
AleRT Indonesia
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre in Malawi
Health Evaluation of Birds in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Canine Sero-Surveillance of Rocky Mountain Spotten Fever in Northern Mexico
Swine Medicine and Swine Production Management in Denmark and Germany

Read personal accounts of our participants' experiences


  • Dr. Julia Felippe
  • Dr. Jarra Jagne
  • Dr. Paul Maza
  • Dr. Hussni Mohammed
  • Dr. Daryl Nydam
  • Dr. Ton Schat
  • Dr. Jai Sweet
  • Dr. Alexander Travis (Chair)

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