Arrive in sunny Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, ready to take your first steps on a unique veterinary medicine adventure. After the group takes a little time to get to know one another, we’re off to sea kayak in turquoise Bahamian waters followed by a snorkel adventure in the crystal-clear open ocean. Practice identifying various marine species or simply soak up the beauty of this underwater paradise. After a delicious and authentic Bahamian lunch, hike enchanting boardwalks in Primeval Forest National Park and witness beautiful limestone caverns (a.k.a. sinkholes). You are clearly in the Bahamas now.
At a local zoo and conservation center, our team is given unprecedented access to an exotic array of animal species including iguanas, lemurs, parrots, snakes and more. Learn alongside veterinarians and animal experts about animal nutrition, husbandry and capture and restraint techniques. Partner with researchers and collect vital data on resident flamingo populations as part of an ongoing research project. Delve into the science of necropsy, a key component of veterinary medicine, and put your new skills to the test in a necropsy lab. At the conservation center, rotate through different labs, gaining direct vet experience and confidence in your growing abilities. Then we’re off to shadow vets from the Bahamas’ Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services, visiting and inspecting large-animal farms and joining in on a zoonosis (disease transmission) and animal quarantine activity. Before embarking on the final leg of the journey, take time to snorkel in a protected coral nursery amid colorful marine life native to New Providence Island.
Confident in your new animal-care skills, take part in hands-on animal welfare activities. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of an aquatic veterinary medicine lab and discover how vets and marine biologists work together to care for seals, stingrays and dolphins. Our team is also invited to observe spay and neuter surgeries up close and assist with additional tasks that benefit the welfare of the animals under their care. Across the island, we spend a full day on a beach-side farm. Here, we assist vets in vaccinating and inspecting goats’ health before a picnic lunch, complete with fresh-picked mangos. Before flying home and having to say goodbye-for-now to our tight new group of friends, we enjoy snorkeling excursions above some of the oceans most beautiful reef ecosystems.