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Veterinary Medicine, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine provides a rich environment for learning, and provides students with the opportunity to learn in context.
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  • Our students receive a world-class education at a College with internationally renowned faculty and facilities, a unique, innovative educational approach, and an unmatched network of academic support.
  • Cornell students work with animals from day one of our program, building their clinical skills while fostering critical thinking and communication.
  • At the same time, they build a strong foundation of biomedical and clinical knowledge while training on state-of the-art technology.
  • Most Cornell veterinary students accept offers of employment before graduating, with graduates going on to careers in private practice, conservation, academia, and beyond. No matter what they do, our alums are known to become leaders and innovators in their field, carrying on a tradition of excellence that our College has established since its inception.


The College of Veterinary Medicine is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Foundation Courses are:

  • The Animal Body
  • Neuroanatomy
  • General Pathology
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Function and Dysfunction
  • Host, Agent, and Defense
  • Parasitology
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Clinical Rotations
  • Veterinary Practice

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • VMCAS Application and fee;
  • ALL college transcripts;
  • GRE Scores (VMCAS-Cornell College Code 7873);
  • Minimally 3 electronic letters of reference (eLors); VMCAS will accept a maximum of 6;
  • If you took MCAT’s (optional) instead of the GRE, please have the AAMC send the scores directly to Cornell (College Code 993);
  • AP Scores 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52892 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52892 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35966 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35966 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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