Leadership Program for Veterinary Students (1991-present)

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The Leadership Program for Veterinary Students at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is a summer research experience for veterinary students who seek to broadly influence the veterinary profession through a science-based career.

Established in 1989, the program is an intensive, research-oriented initiative to prepare tomorrow’s scientists and public health professionals. It combines faculty-guided research with student-directed learning through participation in modules, workshops, and group discussions. The activities encourage responsible leadership, critical thinking and the development of teamwork skills.

The program also highlights graduate training opportunities calculated to promote the professional development of program alumni as independent scientists and public health professionals.

Its Annual Report presents a summary of each year’s program, including student research interest reports, status of past participants, and related activities.

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    Leadership Program for Veterinary Students 2017 Annual Report
    Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students; Parker, John S. L. (Cornell University. College of Veterinary Medicine., 2017)
    Topics in this Annual Report include: Contents: A Commitment to Excellence (John S.L. Parker, David R. Fraser); Acknowledgements; Program Agenda; 2017 Program Scholars; Activities: Research, Leadership, Leadership in Action, Infectious Diseases, Careers in Industry, Career Opportunities; NIH Veterinary Scholars Conference; Presentations and Prizes; Program Scholars and Their Research; Facilitators; Housing; Time Out; Program Dinner; Program Alumni; Where Are They Now?; What Did They Say?; In the Limelight: Chris Laing.
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    Leadership Program for Veterinary Students 2016 Annual Report
    Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students; Parker, John S. L. (Cornell University. College of Veterinary Medicine., 2016)
    Topics in this Annual Report include: Contents: A Commitment to Excellence (John S.L. Parker); Acknowledgements; Program Agenda; 2016 Program Scholars; Activities; Creativity in Science: The Creative Spark (Career Opportunities, NIH Visit); Agenda; National Library of Medicine; Presentations and Prizes; Program Scholars and Their Research; Facilitators; Housing; Academic Qualifications; Residency Training; Where Are They Now?; What Did They Say?; In the Limelight: Erica Behling-Kelly.
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    Leadership Program for Veterinary Students 2015 Annual Report
    Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students; Parker, John S. L. (Cornell University. College of Veterinary Medicine., 2015)
    Topics in this Annual Report include: Contents; Commitment to Excellence (John S.L. Parker, David R. Fraser); Acknowledgements; Program Agenda; 2015 Program Scholars; Activities: Research, Leadership, Leadership in Action, Infectious Diseases, Drug Design, Careers in Industry, Hypothesis Development, Career Explorations; NIH Visit; Armed Services Research; Presentations and Prizes; Program Scholars and Their Research; Facilitators; Housing; Time Out; Program Dinner; Program Alumni: Where are They Now?; What Did They Do? What Did They Say?; In the Limelight: Dr. Kevin Woolard.
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    Leadership Program for Veterinary Students 2014 Annual Report
    Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students; Parker, John S. L. (Cornell University. College of Veterinary Medicine., 2014)
    Topics in this Annual Report include: Contents; Commitment to Excellence (John S.L. Parker, David R. Fraser); Acknowledgements; Program Agenda; 2014 Program Scholars; Activities: Research, Leadership, Leadership in Action, Infectious Diseases, Drug Design, Careers in Industry, Hypothesis Development, Career Explorations; NIH Visit; Armed Services Research; Presentations and Prizes; Program Scholars and Their Research; Facilitators; Housing; Time Out; Program Dinner; Program Alumni: Where are They Now?; What Did They Do? What Did They Say?; In the Limelight: Dr. Linda Berent.
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    Leadership Program for Veterinary Students 2013 Annual Report
    Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students (Cornell University. College of Veterinary Medicine., 2013)
    Topics in this Annual Report include: Contents; A Commitment to Excellence (John Parker, David H. Fraser); Acknowledgements; Publications; Agenda; Participants; Activities 2013: Research, Leadership, Leadership in Action, Infectious Diseases, Drug Design, Careers in Industry, Hypothesis Development, Career Explorations; Cornell's Partnership with the National Institutes of Health; Walter Reed Army Institute of Research & Navy Medical Research Center; Presentations and Prizes; Program Scholars and their Research; Facilitators and Counselors; Housing; Time Out; Program Dinner; Program Alumni; Where Are They Now?; What Did They Say?; In the Limelight (Robin Yates).
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    Leadership Program for Veterinary Students 2012 Annual Report
    Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2012)
    Topics in this Annual Report include: Contents; A Commitment to Excellence (John Parker, David R. Fraser); Acknowledgements; Publications; 2012 Leadership Program Agenda; 2012 Leadership Program Scholar Participants; Activities: Research, Leadership, Leadership in Action, Infectious Diseases, Drug Design, Industry Workshop, Hypothetical Research, Creativity Examined, Career Explorations; Cornell's Partnership with the NIH; Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Naval Medical Research Center; Presentations and Prizes; Program Scholars and Their Research; Program Coordinator (Kaylie Ackerley); Counselors and Facilitators; Housing; Time Out; Program Dinner; Program Alumni; Where Are They Now?; What Did They Say?; In the Limelight: Peter Florian.
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    Cornell University Leadership Program for Veterinary Students
    Fraser, David R. (Australian Veterinary Association, 2006)
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    Acquainting veterinary students with careers in the pharmaceutical industry
    McGregor, Douglas D.; Fraser, David R.; Haven, Michelle L.; Hickey, Gerard L. (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, 2007)
    Careers in the pharmaceutical industry were revealed in modules facilitated by senior scientists from companies that sponsor the Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students. One module was structured as a series of interviews for different positions in industry, the other as a competition between hypothetical companies created by students. The interview-based module stimulated wide-ranging discussion of the activities and responsibilities of veterinarians employed in a discovery-intensive pharmaceutical firm and of the characteristics such companies seek in prospective employees, from both professional and personal perspectives. The second module explored the drug discovery and development process from the perspective of animal-health companies that are competitors in the market for animal health care products. The exercise provided insights into the manner in which companies discover new chemical entities, screen candidate drugs, allocate resources, and pursue the development of products through testing, licensing, and distribution.
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    Promoting science-based careers through student-directed learning
    McGregor, Douglas D.; Fraser, David R. (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, 2006)
    Student-directed learning has been featured in a program aimed at promoting the entry of veterinary students into science-based careers. Pursuant to that objective, students participated in workshops and role-playing exercises calculated to enhance self-confidence and the development of leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Insights into research careers and the optimal sequencing of graduate training were also gained through self-study and simulated interviews for research or service positions in industry. The modules were well received by students, who found them enjoyable and relevant to their career aspirations.
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    The Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students
    McGregor, Douglas D.; Fraser, David R. (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, 2002)
    Cornell University hosts a summer program for veterinary students who aspire to research careers. The program features independent, faculty-guided research; vocational counseling; and professional enrichment activities that seek to build teamwork skills and to foster critical thinking and effective communication. A total of 255 students from 49 veterinary colleges worldwide have taken part in the program since 1990. Among those who have completed their veterinary education, approximately half have followed career trajectories of the kind envisioned by the program. While this outcome is gratifying, it was also learned that some program graduates subsequently withdrew from a research-oriented academic track after many years of graduate study. That disquieting outcome underscores the need to inform aspiring veterinary scientists about the realities of a research career; to structure their graduate studies in a manner that will maximize their prospects of success; to provide them with ongoing guidance and assistance; and to reward them at a level that will ensure that they remain in training for a period sufficient to realize their career expectations.