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.

2021 Leadership Program

We are hoping to be able to host in-person programs for both VIP and Leadership this summer and this will likely be possible for students that already reside within the United States.  However, at this time we are not guaranteeing that we will be able to hold an in-person program for overseas students because of the pandemic situation and the uncertainty surrounding travel, visa’s and any possible vaccination.  We will make a final decision about this at the beginning of next year.  Until that time, we encourage you to complete an online application HERE, details listed below.

If we are unable to offer the in-person program to overseas students, we will again be able to offer the online events via zoom as we did for the 2020 program. Some of those events will include, weekly journal club meetings, virtual meetings with mentors, zoom presentations from various facilitators and research presentations. 

As always, our number one priority is your safety and the safety of the Cornell Community.

Dates & Deadlines for the 2021 Leadership Program

For US-born applicants, deadline for completed applications is January 31, 2021.
For overseas applicants, deadline for completed applications is December 20, 2020.


  • We will likely make decisions about the overseas students in Mid-January and decisions about the US students in the first or second week of February.
  • The Program Directors of VIP and Leadership work in coordination to try and place successful applicants into their preferred summer program while taking into consideration programmatic limitations.

Program Dates:  May 31, 2021 – August 6, 2021  (students arriving in Ithaca May 29 & 30)

View our 2019 Annual Report: 

View our 2018 Annual Report