An understanding of the veterinary medical profession and of proper animal care and husbandry are important considerations for admission. Veterinary medical experience is highly recommended, and the Admissions Committee looks for both breadth and depth. Non-veterinary animal experience is also valued. All experiences listed on one's Cornell Supplemental Application must be supported by a letter of evaluation. At least one letter should be from a veterinarian who is able to assess your understanding of the profession.
Experiences in veterinary practice, veterinary or biomedical research, public health, or other areas of the profession under the supervision of a veterinarian or research scientist are highly desirable, and should be listed as Veterinary Experience. Competitive applicants normally have engaged in two or more areas (small animal, large animal, research, food animal, production, exotic, aquatic, wildlife, zoological medicine, etc.) with substantial depth of experience in at least one area. Successful applicants typically bring 400 or more hours of veterinary experience.
Related animal experiences are also positively considered in the evaluation. This may include working with livestock, breeding or showing various species, working at a zoo, aquarium or pet shop, or volunteering at an animal shelter. Time spent performing animal care, such as cleaning stalls or cages in a kennel, veterinary practice, or animal shelter should be listed as Animal Experience.
Other Achievements and Character
The well-rounded candidate demonstrates achievement outside of academic and animal-oriented activities. The Committee values research experience, community involvement and any significant non-academic interests and abilities, as well as desirable personality characteristics of reliability, honesty, and dedication to service. These factors add another 10 percent to the evaluation and are based on the evaluations and essay.