Leadership Program for Veterinary Students at Cornell University

Program Description

The Leadership Program for Veterinary Students 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. The program is research-oriented with a laboratory research assignment for each participant. It combines this faculty-guided research project with student-directed learning through participation in modules, workshops and group discussions. The activities encourage responsible leadership, critical thinking and the development of teamwork skills. The program also focuses on career counseling and highlights graduate training opportunities calculated to promote the professional development of program alumni as independent scientists and public health professionals.

2020 Leadership Program

It is with great disappointment that the University has had to make the decision to cancel summer programs beginning before July 12th, including the Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students this summer in light of the expanding nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our number one priority is your safety and the safety of the Cornell Community.   

However, we are going to try to organize online events discussing techniques, careers in research in collaboration with the other summer program for veterinary students at Cornell using Zoom, including weekly journal club meetings, virtual meetings with mentors, and more. Much more information to come, and although this will not be the same as being here at Cornell, we hope this will allow you to meet and interact with each other and learn more about research and careers in research for veterinarians.


Dr. John Parker, DVM, PhD
Director, Cornell Leadership Program

Dates & Deadlines for the 2021 Leadership Program

  • Applications: TBD
  • Students arrive in Ithaca: TBD 
  • Program begins: TBD
  • Program ends: TBD

2018 Leadership Program Annual Report