Program expectations

You'll be expected to

  • Attend class daily.
  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner.
  • Be prepared to actively participate in discussions and activities.
  • Work cooperatively with others to achieve stated goals in class laboratory activities.
  • Maintain a positive, respectful attitude toward classmates, instructors, and animals.


You'll be enrolled in the three-credit course

  • Veterinary Medicine: Science and Practice (VTBMS 1200)

This course meets

  • Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–noon and 1:30–3:30 p.m.

  • Office hours will be held immediately after class, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Maximum enrollment: 75

Note: You may combine this program with Conservation Medicine or any other three-week 2 program to create a six-week Dual Program.


It is highly recommended that you have taken a high school biology class to enroll in this course.

Required textbooks and materials

There are no required textbooks for this course. All notes for the course will be provided electronically on an LMS system. Students should have a computer or tablet to be able to access these notes, or use a campus computer available at a university library.

Students will need to set up a Net-Print account either prior to arrival at Cornell or during orientation weekend so that they can print any necessary notes for lecture or lab.

Program events

  • View your opening weekend and check-in schedule.
  • Thursday, July 4: In observance of Independence Day, we will not have classes.
  • Monday, July 8: College Admissions Workshop, 2:30–3:45 p.m.

Final checkout

To receive credit, you must stay until your last exam or project has been submitted. Finals cannot be moved, so make sure to arrange travel plans around your exam schedule.

Residence hall checkout dates and times

  • Earliest: 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 12
  • Latest: Noon, Saturday, July 13

Final meal dates

The last meal on your Cornell ID card is breakfast on Saturday, July 13. You will be charged for any Cornell Dining meal taken afterwards.