Well, our first anatomy course is combined with embryology and imaging and is PBL. While we are taking it, we have a one credit clinical course going on, but that's it. I think working through the cases, and having to figure out all the structures that are possibly involved, where they came from, what they look like on radiographs, CT, etc. makes the course a bit more engaging than a standard lecture. The clinical overlap also makes it almost like a foreign language immersion course, which is pretty helpful.
That said, our 2nd round of anatomy, which is more specific to the track you're interested in, is coming up soon and is lecture based, so I guess I'll find out soon enough. I think our applied anatomy is not PBL, but idk off the top of my head.
In terms of "figuring it out on your own." We're not exactly thrown to the wolves. The dissection guide we have is pretty comprehensive and serves as a backbone of the info we'll be responsible for. There are tons of faculty members willing and able to help anyone who seeks it. Further, I really think that having to find and process the information somewhat independently allows you to learn it in a more personal and significant way than regurgitating lecture notes, but whatever.
Thinking like a vet, to me, is more than just differentials and sample collection. It is facing a new problem, knowing how to find applicable resources, making sense of them, and then applying them to the situation. That, to me, is the value of PBL.
Lastly . . in regards to this question
"what you thought about Cornell in other ways - other students, facilities, professors, evaluations, caseload, exposure to interesting situations, research, etc? Anything you want to say, I want to hear"
I think its best to make most of those decisions for yourself when you come to visit. You'll get to see the facilities, meet and hang out with students, meet a few professors, etc. I'm not much of a research person at all, but there are plenty of opportunities from what can tell. Evaluations, if you mean exams, seem fair to me, though some of my classmates may disagree.