Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Ithaca, NY 14853-6401
(607) 253-3700
Status: Full Accreditation

Located in New York, on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine was established by an act of the state legislature in 1894. Cornell University CVM is one of three veterinary schools in the northeast region of the United States. There have been over 5,000 graduates from the college, and alumni have gone on as leaders in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medicine education professions.

Cornell University offers pre-vet students a 4-year DVM program that consists of rigorous coursework, hands-on training, difficult examinations and top of the line faculty and staff. Courses that should be taken before admittance include general microbiology, physics, biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, biology and English composition. Successful applicants bring 400 or more total hours of veterinary experience.

Fun Fact: Seven of the first ten women to become licensed veterinarians in this country were Cornell graduates.

Education and Training

During the 4-year DVM program, students spend their first two years in the classroom, learning about cell biology and genetics, function and dysfunction, infectious disease, and animal health. In the third year students continue their education in the classroom and begin clinical rotations, giving them hands-on training with animals, veterinarians, technologists, and owners. The fourth year gives students more time in clinical rotations as they prepare for their career in veterinary medicine. Finally, if all educational requirements are fulfilled, exams and tests are passed, then a student can graduate with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Students can also continue their education, become board-certified in a specialty, earn their PhD or MS. There are also dual-degree programs available.

Tuition and Fees

In addition to academic year tuition fees for residents ($26,500) and non-residents ($39,500) students must also pay student activity fees and in absentia fees per semester and per year. These figures include living expenses, cost of books and supplies, registration and application fees, etc.  Financial Aid is offered through the school through loans, scholarships and grants for students who excel in academics and extra curricular activities.

Departments and Units

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
  • James A. Baker Institute
  • Hospital for Animals
  • Animal Health Diagnostic Center
  • Feline Health Center

2009 Class Profile

Type: Private

Overall GPA: 3.7

Average GRE Score: 1320

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $26,500

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $106,000

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $39,500

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $158,000

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