Office of Student & Academic Services
of Veterinary Medicine
of Student and Academic Services
Expanding Horizons offers Cornell veterinary students a truly unique opportunity to experience veterinary medicine in a developing country.
The program provides grants to Cornell veterinary students who are interested in veterinary experience in developing nations. Students spend 6-10 weeks in a developing country engaged in either veterinary research or hands on veterinary experience (this ranges from wildlife rehabilitation to working with local farmers to develop artificial insemination techniques for their dairy herds) . Some countries that our students have traveled to through this program are Ghana, Uganda, Madagascar, Thailand, Vietnam, Honduras, South Africa, Kenya etc. It is the student's responsibility to identify contacts and projects in the country they want to work in. However the faculty and the Office of Student and Academic Services work with students to help them identify contacts.
Students can participate in the expanding horizons program anytime during their four years but given the curriculum demands and the academic calendar, most students participate in the program during the summer of the first or second year.
FARVets (Feral, abandoned, rescued animals) organized by Cornell veterinary faculty member Dr. Paul Maza, is dedicated to implementing projects abroad to assist local animal welfare organizations with their missions of vaccination, increasing animal welfare awareness via pet education, treating medical conditions and addressing overpopulation by holding sterilization surgery clinics. The typically week long program includes wellness procedures such as physical examinations, vaccinations, parasite control and other medical procedures as necessary and possible. During the surgery clinics, students perform examinations, anesthesia, and perform and assist with ovariohysterectomies and castrations, and surgery recovery. In addition, students work with local veterinarians and animal shelter staff and volunteers to communicate and educate the local pet owners on aspects of pet health and welfare. Cornell vet students have travelled to Mexico, Grenada and Costa Rica as part of the program. Plans are made for working with communities in Belize, Peru and Taiwan.
Field Techniques in International Wildlife
Organized by veterinary faculty members Dr. George Kollias and Dr. Jamie Morrisey, this experience aims to provide veterinary students the opportunity to learn about various non-native species and gain hands on experience working with these animals. Students learn about local cultures and work with wildlife sanctuaries, refuges and bioparks in developing nations. Examples of opportunities include assisting in performing dental work on jaguars and health examinations on tapirs and howler monkeys. Coursework at the Tropical Education Center complements fieldwork. Current programs occur in the Honduras and Belize. Trips usually occur 1-2 times a year during Winter and Summer breaks.