Our vision of the Summer Dairy Institute is to accelerate and augment the ability of motivated veterinary students and new veterinarians to contribute to the modern dairy industry while fostering development of professional networks.
The mission is to provide a concentrated 6-week course of the highest quality to a select group of professionals whose career objective is to enhance the well-being of dairy cattle such that they contribute to efficient, profitable, and environmentally sound production of safe food.
Selected participants will convene in New York for an intensive 6-week course with authorities at the forefront of their fields. They offer up-to-the-minute professional information on subjects such as Reproduction, Nutrition, Dairy Facilities, Dairy Record Systems, Biosecurity, Public Health and Regulatory Considerations, and Financial Decision Making.
Not only will future leaders in the profession be exposed to a unique, relevant, and modern curriculum, they will also have the opportunity to interact with one another and faculty to permit establishment of friendships and networks of colleagues that will serve the profession and industry well for decades. Participants in this program will be better prepared to enter modern veterinary practice and support industries than conventional new graduates. For recent graduates, it is expected that they will bring immediate value to their employers.
Program faculty will be drawn from academia industry, government, and private practices.
Veterinary students planning to graduate in 2014 or 2015 from an AVMA-accredited institution and who are planning to spend the majority of their professional career in the dairy industry are most invited to apply. Future applicants should plan early in their academic career to increase opportunity for attending. For safety reasons, participants should be agile and able to lift 50 pounds. Academic credits or continuing education credits can be arranged.
Up to 25 participants will travel to Ithaca, New York, where the facilities of Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine will be used.
A participant’s contribution will be $2,250, whereas our operating expenses will be about $5,500 per participant. We are seeking sponsorship for the balance. Housing and most meals will be provided for the duration of the course. Scholarship funds will be available to defray the participant costs. The American Association of Bovine Practitioners has committed to a provision of scholarships for advanced dairy training. (view their website at http://www.aabp.org). Schools and colleges are encouraged to provide financial support to their participating students.
Applications will be accepted October 1, 2013, until January 19, 2014, and participants will be informed of admission decisions no later than February 17, 2014. Some decisions can be made earlier than February if fitting the program into an educational schedule is the issue.
Summer Dairy Institute participants are highly encouraged to also take advantage of an additional two-week intensive training course in quality milk, mastitis, and udder health provided by Quality Milk Production Services (http://qmps.vet.cornell.edu/Education/education.htm). QMPS has been offering versions of this Vet Med 704 course since 1988, and we are working to merge our strengths in offering cutting edge education for young dairy veterinarians. Participants will complete a case study on a dairy farm with udder-health problems and present their findings to the producer and farm personnel based on knowledge obtained during this module. This course starts immediately after SDI. There will be additional cost for this program (to be determined and confirmed in late October, but for planning purposes last year the fee was $1000 and anticipated to be the same or nearly so) and separate housing will need to be arranged. Please indicate on your application to SDI if you would also like to be considered for the 2-week QMPS course and you will be contacted. No additional application materials will be necessary.