Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

Clinical Programs & Professional Services

attn: Pilar Thompson
Cornell University Hospital for Animals
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

TEL: 607-253-3477
FAX: 607-253-4231

Externship Program (For Matriculated Veterinary Students)

Cornell University Hospital for Animals welcomes matriculating veterinary students from other colleges (in their final or next to final clinical year of veterinary school) who wish to participate in clinical rotations with our veterinary students. Visits are limited to six weeks (with no more than four weeks on one service). Requests for an extension will be determined on a case by case basis. Demonstrated competence and proficiency in both spoken and written English language skills are required to facilitate the educational process and client communications.

Services that may be visited

Clinical Pathology
Community Practice Service-Medicine /Surgery
Lab Animal Medicine
Large Animal Medicine
Large Animal Surgery-Soft Tissue/Ortho

Shelter Medicine                                          Small Animal Emergency Critical Care
Small Animal Medicine
Small Animal Surgery-Soft Tissue/Ortho
Large Animal Theriogenology
Zoo, Wildlife and Exotic Animal Medicine

Schedule for Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations are scheduled on a space-available basis, with the approval of the service chief, in approximately two-week consecutive blocks of time.

Blocks 2015
C4 Jan 5 - Jan 19, 2015
C5 Jan 20 - Feb 1
C6 Feb 2 - Feb 15
D1 Feb 16 - Mar 1
D2 Mar 2 - Mar 22 (3 weeks)
D3 Mar 23 - Apr 5
D4 Apr 6 - Apr 19
D5 Apr 20 - May 3
D6 May 4 - May 117
A1 May 18 - 31
A2 June 1 - June 14
A3 June 15 - June 28
A4 June 29- July 12
A5 July 13 - July 26
A6 July 27 - Aug 9
A7 Aug 10 - Aug 23
B1 Aug 24 - Sept 6
B2 Sept 7 - Sept 20
B3 Sept 21 - Oct 4
B4 Oct 5 - Oct 18
B5 Oct 19 - Nov 1
B6 Nov 2 - Nov 15
C1 Nov 16 - Dec 6
C2 Dec 7 - Dec 20
C3 Dec 21 - Jan 10, 2016


Application Procedure & Requirements

To apply: Fill our and return form via Fax in order to begin an Extern Request - Extern check list of requirementsNO.F - pav37

  • Submit a request to visit, include your curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of intent and objective aimed at each service of interest, your current year in veterinary school, your university and the proposed dates of the visit (based on the clinical rotation schedule above) with the service(s) you wish to attend.
  • Because we are located in a rabies-endemic area, proof of a rabies vaccination/titer results within two years of your visit date is required!
    Without this proof you will be unable to attend your rotation.
  • Proof of a negative Tuberculin (TB) test within one year of your visit dates is required for Zoological, Wildlife, Exotics and Lab Animal Services.
    Without this proof you will be unable to attend your rotation
  • Infection Control Guidelines - These procedures are to be performed prior to entering the Cornell University Hospital for Animals..


  1. Clothing MUST BE thoroughly laundered before being worn. Bring more than one pair of coveralls or lab coats.
  2. Footwear must be carefully and thoroughly scrubbed clean and disinfected using the following procedure:


    • For rubber over boots, scrub well with a detergent. (Detergent with bleach, mixed at 2 ounce per gallon of water works well for this.)
    • After scrubbing, mix a fresh solution of detergent in hot water and fully immerse the boots for at least 15 minutes. (IF available, a disinfectant can be used in place of detergent.)
    • Rinse boots with water, allow to dry completely.
    • For other footwear, clean and scrub as described above. Use a toothbrush to get into any grooves in the soles. After cleaning, if boots cannot be immersed, allow the soles of the shoes to stand in a shallow container in a solution of 1:32 bleach solution (4 oz. per gallon) for a minimum of 5 minutes. Allow boots to dry completely.


3. DO NOT bring equipment (pocket organizers, thermometers, hoof picks, lead ropes, fanny packs) to our facilities unless they are new.

4. Stethoscopes are the exception. Your stethoscope must be thoroughly cleaned. To clean, first remove any organic matter with a wet sponge. Using a 4x4, wipe with Nolvasan solution, covering all surface areas, allow to dry. Wipe off with water and soft cloth, spray or wipe stethoscope with alcohol and allow to dry. Use Q-tips to clean the small parts and remove the cover on the head of the stethoscope and clean separately following the above procedure.

Applications to attend our rotations are reviewed and approved by the section chiefs of the services in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.


Weekly fees may be charged by the Hospital for Extern visits.  Student visitors are responsible for all personal arrangements and expenses associated with their visits. All students will be charged a non-refundable processing and application fee once your visit is approved by the service.

Contact Information

To obtain current fees and additional information, please contact:

Clinical Programs
Attn: Pilar Thompson
Cornell University Hospital for Animals
930 Campus Road, VMC Box 35
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
Phone: 607-253-3477
Fax: 607-253-4231