The first few days of your 22-day veterinary medicine experience begin with a whitewater rafting adventure down the Ayung River, followed by a visit to the Tegenungan waterfall situated in the heart of a lush jungle. Then, the hands-on work in veterinary medicine begins. Against a tropical backdrop of rice paddies, temples, active volcanoes and one-of-a-kind beaches, test the limits of your knowledge, learn how to administer preventative and hands-on medicine to rare animals and gain valuable practical experience working alongside veterinarians in the field.
No time is wasted as you get to work at the wildlife rescue center. Here, part of the focus is on avian and exotic animal medicine. Log hours alongside veterinarians while learning how to perform necropsies on birds as well as fecal analysis and physical examinations. Practice both preventative and rehabilitation medicine as you help with ongoing re-release efforts. Find real reward in volunteering with endangered species at the center and make a positive impact on their chance of long-term survival. In addition to your work at the rescue center, get a behind-the-scenes look at the Bali Bird Park, learn how to handle snakes in a workshop, visit a cat-centric village and take a break from vet life to experience Bali’s unique temples.
Travel to Ubud, Bali’s cultural center. This area is distinct for its unique crafts and rich history and for being a place of natural healing. That healing spirit extends to animals as you volunteer at a community spay and neuter clinic, visit a monkey forest and conclude your service with check-ups of Bali dogs being protected in canine foster homes. You’ll have plenty of time to soak up Balinese and Ubudian traditions by attending an authentic Kecak Fire Dance, taking part in a batik-making workshop and spending time exploring nearby villages.
Venture to South Denpasar, in Serangan, to learn about marine animal protection. Like many animals in this region, turtles are endangered. Your work is focused on educating the public about ways to support turtle populations and providing sanctuary for young turtles until they are old enough to be released. The journey concludes with a snorkel drift at the famed Manta Point reef and dive site, where large schools of passive manta rays swim with abandon just a few feet from your mask. It’s spellbinding.