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.

Like everything else, COVID19 has affected our summer program. We held a virtual program in 2020 and a limited program in 2021. For 2022 we expect to be able to hold a full in-person program.

2022 Leadership Program Dates & Deadlines 

*The online application is available now.


Currently accepting applications from US Citizens or Permanent Residents currently enrolled in a accredited DVM program on a rolling basis.  Deadline for International applicants has passed.

Travel restrictions for overseas students related to COVID-19 are in place and may change. Entry into the US will require that individuals are fully vaccinated, and requirements for individual countries, or regarding types of vaccine are beyond the scope of what we can provide advice on. Please make sure that you are eligible to enter the US if you wish to participate in the program.

Program Dates:  Monday, June 6, 2022 – Friday, August 12, 2022  (Students start arriving in Ithaca May 29th)

View our 2019 Annual Report: 

View our 2018 Annual Report