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Veterinary Medicine: Small Animal Practice
This program is offered at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, consistently ranked the number one veterinary school in the nation.
During the program, you’ll become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of cats, dogs, and other domestic animals.
You’ll learn the basic form and function of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and digestive systems, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn about common topics in small animal practice, such as spaying and neutering and handling emergencies.
Through laboratory exercises you’ll gain hands-on experience and an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of companion animals.
You'll attend lectures in the morning and labs in the afternoon, focusing on practicing skills and utilizing equipment.
What students say
"The professors - Dr. Maza and Dr. Hermanson - were amazing. So were the TAs. The course was very hands-on, which I loved. My afternoon section was labs, and it was AMAZING... It has helped me to decide what I might want to do with my life." — Alexis Boone
"The program helped me decide that being a veterinarian is what I want. I loved being in a college environment surrounded by many kids who shared my interests... I really liked being able to do the labs in the afternoon; it was a great way to review the material from the morning. I loved being able to give a physical exam to a real live dog." — Nina Cerminaro
"(This program) is a great way to experience college both socially and academically. It was one of the best experiences of my life... It has encouraged me to continue to be involved in veterinary related things and I loved Cornell. The professors and TAs were all incredibly helpful." — Jenny Beizer
"I know that Cornell's vet school is the best, so I wanted a chance to utilize some of their resources and see if I really wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine... It really prepared me well for freshman year... All of my professors were amazing. They really made it so that we were able to understand basic anatomy and physiology of veterinary medicine, even as high school students... It was a fantastic experience that I will never forget." — Lily Lewis
"It was a great introduction to veterinary medicine. The afternoon session helped me to visualize the concepts learned in the morning session. I now have a better idea of what the requirements are for applying to college and graduate school... I would describe it as a great experience. I would highly recommend it to all of my friends." — Brennan Balson
"In three weeks she learned and experienced more than in most college courses during a semester. Studying at Cornell with the other motivated children was an outstanding first experience that will guide her in making decisions for applying to college. Exceptional by far." — Pam Gulla, parent
"(My daughter) got a good taste of what college life is all about and it reinforced her desire to follow her career goal of being a vet. It is a very worthwhile experience and I highly recommend it... I felt the program was professionaly run and well worth the tuition." — Howard Roth, parent
"The pre-vet program was outstanding. Our son was taught by dedicated, energetic, and inspiring professors and graduate students... It was a rewarding and challenging summer at one of the most beautiful campuses in the world." — Paul J. Balson, parent