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Summer Research Opportunities

As a veterinary student, would you like to explore research in a short-term program that may inspire your scientific tendencies?  There are a number of opportunities for veterinary students to participate in summer research programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Each of these programs has their own admission process; check the program web page or contact the program director for more information.

Leadership Program for Veterinary Scholars - The Leadership Program for Veterinary Scholars 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 an intensive, research-oriented initiative. It combines faculty-guided research 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 highlights graduate training opportunities calculated to promote the professional development of program alumni as independent scientists and public health professionals.

Veterinary Investigators Program (VIP) - This is a 10-week summer program designed to provide first- and second-year veterinary students with a rigorous and rewarding exposure to biomedical research at the highest level of inquiry and to motivate students to pursue the study of research problems that are relevant to veterinary medicine.   In addition to a hands‐on research experience in their mentor's laboratory, it is expected that students will participate in all associated lab activities and VIP specific sessions and events. 

Aquavet - Aquavet provides a limited number of fellowships for students to pursue an eight-week summer program designed to stimulate research in aquatic animal medicine.  AQUAVET is sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, and presented in collaboration with three marine science institutions at Woods Hole, Massachusetts: the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Food Animal Medicine Externship (FAME) - This summer program is open to up to six current first-year Cornell veterinary students.  Through on-farm experience, practice focusing on herd health and research, participants gain knowledge and insight into food supply veterinary medicine. A stipend is provided, but participating students must have their own transportation. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Daryl Nydam.

Summer Dairy Institute - This eight-week summer course is designed for third- and fourth-year veterinary students from an AAVMC-accredited institution who are interested in dairy cattle. The course consists of classroom and wet lab instruction as well as a number of farm activities.

Havemeyer Foundation Equine Research Fellowships - This ten-week program allows first-, second- or third-year veterinary students from College of Veterinary Medicine in the United States and abroad to participate in current projects at the Equine Genetics Center of the Baker Institute for Animal Health.  Start dates are flexible for any consecutive 10-week period between May and September.