|“Being a Kirk Practitioner-in-Residence has been a blessing: it has granted me the opportunity to give back to the students who are the true heart of the profession, in coaching them through some of their "firsts," cheering them onward and upward as they experience that first taste of victory, and sharing in their hopes, dreams, fears, and tears shed along the way. Every day that I am able to give back is a good day. As a Cornell DVM Class of 2008 graduate, I am in the unique position of having one foot on either side of the door. I remember what helped (and didn't help!) as a student; and I can more easily relate the "real world" experiences to what the students need to hear and see. I feel that I learn from the students as much as I hope they learn from me. I highly recommend this program to any and all who are interested. Come with an open mind, and you will be touched for life.”
Dr. Ryane Englar, Cornell ’08
|The practitioner-in-residence was a great experience! I learned a lot. Participating in rotations I had done at Cornell as a student as a vet with several years of experience was truly valuable.
Dr. Sarah Gottschalk ’01
|“Cornell's Kirk Practitioner-in-Residence program was truly one of the highlights of my professional career. I treasured the opportunity to share my clinical experience with students, and interacting with the faculty 10 years after graduating was a true pleasure. The program made me aware of how much I had learned on the “outside,” and I was able to share my stories from “the trenches” with third- and fourth-year veterinary students. In addition, I also learned quite a bit from my experience, being able to interact directly with Cornell practitioners who are involved in cutting edge clinical research and practices. It was an experience I will remember forever, and I hope to return to the program in the years to come.”
Dr. Rachel Meyer, Cornell ’01
|"When I graduated in 2000, professor Mary Smith said that 50 percent of what we just learned will be obsolete in seven years. With that in mind, it's easy to see the need to keep on top of new advances and techniques to provide patients with the highest standard of care available. Coming back to Cornell was an eye opener. On medicine, I saw Dr. Center (internal medicine) use the new CT to scan a Yorkie with a potential liver shunt in minutes. Dr. Rawlinson (dentistry) took time to show how she uses digital radiography. I received some great rabbit tips from Dr. Morrisey (exotics). And after 10 years, it is still a learning experience for me to watch Dr. Hornbuckle (Community Practice Service) work up everyday cases with students, going over their differentials and options as they get their new-grad feet wet. It's never too late to learn new tricks and I am grateful the Kirk Practitioner-in-Residence program gave me a unique way to do so."
Dr. Chris Kennedy, Cornell '00
To be considered for the program, veterinarians may send their CV and a letter of application to the address below. The letter should describe what you hope to gain from the program, the length of time and dates you wish to be in residence, and the service(s) you wish to rotate through. You are welcome to describe other educational experiences you may wish to provide for students. Due to immigration, licensing and liability restrictions the program is not open to foreign nationals. Your application will be evaluated by Dr. William H. Miller as the faculty director for the program. Send the application electronically to Pilar A. Thompson, program coordinator, to email@example.com or by mail to:
Robert W. Kirk Practitioner-in-Residence Application Committee
c/o Pilar A. Thompson, Program Coordinator
Cornell University Hospital for Animals
CVM Box 20
Ithaca NY 14853-6401