Ross School - Senior Project 2013


Student: Renee Hirt

Mentor: Patty Lein

Domains: Science 70% English 30%

Faculty Grader: Courtney Wingate


Documentation of Product


Title: Once in a Lifetime


Catalog Entry: I attended a three-week intensive course in Veterinary Studies: Small Animal Practice at the Cornell University Summer College 2012.  There, I had an in depth study of the anatomy and physiology of small animals such as cats and dogs.  Upon arriving home from this program, I started shadowing a large animal vet who I had known for a while.  He specializes in equine studies and he took me around to all of his appointments with him.  I got to experience first-hand the differences between the two different types of veterinary studies.  Both of these were what I would describe as “once in a lifetime” experiences.  To express my findings, I wrote a narrative describing my observations and conclusions.



My book, Once in a Lifetime


Photos Used for Project:



Exhibition & Presentation Summary


Powerpoint Presentation

Reflection of Presentation: The morning of my presentation, I was very nervous.  All I could think of was screwing up and embarrassing myself in front of everybody.  Halfway through my presentation, though, my fears evaporated and I was taken over by thoughts of “wow, in a few minutes, the thing that I’ve been looking forward to since sixth grade will be over.”  Now that the presentation is over, I am feeling an overwhelming sense of both relief and confusion.  It’s a very bittersweet feeling to be done with something so important and that I have invested so much of my time and energy in.  That being said, I couldn’t be more proud of how this project turned out.

Works Consulted


Herriot, James. All Creatures Great and Small. New York: St. Martin's, 1972. Print.

Photo Credits (associated with the pages within my book):

Page 7

Animals Wallpapers

Page 9

Olde Towne Animal Hospital

Page 11

Veterinary Concepts

Page 13

Veterinary Legacy

Page 15

Carly Hodes

Page 17

Cornell Vet Aperio

Pages 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27

Renee Hirt


Page 30


Page 32

The Equine Center

Page 35

All About Horses Guide

Page 37

The Horse

Page 39

Brown's Farrier Service

Page 41

Desktop Cave