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Student Support Fund

Preparing students to drive change for the better

Dr. Melissa Hanson drawing blood from red-tailed hawk
© Cornell University

The Cornell Yang Center for Wildlife Health Student Support Fund supports Cornell DVM students with wildlife health interests to participate in relevant off-campus experiences involving free-ranging or captive wildlife that are not eligible for the Expanding Horizons Program; undertake on-campus research projects that could lead to publications and/or poster/talk presentations; and/or present their work at relevant professional conferences.

Our Student Support Fund provides valuable opportunities for Cornell DVM students passionate about wildlife health to apply what they are learning in the classroom in the real world. Through hands-on, "muddy boots" experiences, students can enhance their clinical or research skills, see how science can be channeled into action, expand their professional networks by engaging with the broader conservation community, and explore potential career paths. These experiential learning opportunities help prepare our students to have genuine conservation impact, delivering change for the better.

A Cornell student presenting a poster at a conference
© Cornell University


The Cornell Yang Center for Wildlife Health Student Support Fund launched in 2023 as part of our commitment to train the next generation of wildlife veterinarians and other conservation leaders, grounded in the broader realities of today’s global governance, environmental, socioeconomic, and equity challenges — as well as those of tomorrow. Our goal is to inspire and change the lives of students interested in wildlife health through real-world experiences, training, and mentorship with world-class faculty and partners. 

Interested applicants

Visit our application page here.

Support our students

You can help provide these incredible opportunities for the next generation of conservation leaders by giving online or contacting us.

Dr. Ben Jakobek with a moose
Photo provided.