The Smith-Kilborne Program is designed to acquaint veterinary students with various foreign animal diseases which potentially threaten our domestic animal population. The program includes both classroom presentations on diseases and their implications combined with laboratory experiences. Following the seminar, students are expected to share their new knowledge with others. The Smith-Kilborne Program is conducted at two locations: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Plum Island, NY.
First, students will travel to Ithaca, New York, on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Classes and role-playing scenarios on foreign animal diseases and public health will be conducted at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine from Wednesday through Friday. Next, on Saturday, students will travel by bus from Ithaca to the hotel in Connecticut. Students will have a free day on Sunday, and then on Monday and Tuesday they will travel to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. At the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, they will receive updates on research and diagnostic aspects of the most important foreign animal diseases, and participate in laboratory sessions for hands-on experience in recognizing foreign animal diseases and collecting samples. Students will depart on Wednesday.
Yes! APHIS will pay all program-related expenses for the students. This includes travel to and from the program, meals, lodging, and tuition.
You may contact Dr. Jason Baldwin, USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, Professional Development Staff by phone at (970) 494-7225, or by email at Jason.L.Baldwin@usda.gov
You will be reimbursed for your meals after the course, so make sure you bring enough cash to cover your expenses while you are there. Also, you will be asked to observe a five-day quarantine period after you leave Plum Island. You will be asked not to contact any livestock (cattle, sheep goats, deer and other ruminants, and swine), poultry, or pet birds for five days following your last day in the lab at Plum Island. Come prepared to learn and to have a lot of fun!
Last Modified: February 14, 2012