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Bali: Tropical Veterinary Medicine


In Bali, encounter, treat and rehabilitate an array of animals and endangered species that are as varied and exotic as this magical island.

You don’t come to Bali in search of the ordinary. Here, your journey into veterinary medicine will be decidedly unique with a focus on rescue and rehabilitation of lories, parrots, sea turtles, reptiles, bears and primates. Against a backdrop of lush rice terraces, pristine beaches and active volcanoes, work alongside veterinarians at wildlife rescue centers on Bali. Gain hands-on veterinary experience while conducting physical exams, practicing preventive medicine and learning about animal behavior and anatomy. Explore the harsh realities of animal tourism, discuss the illegal animal trade, learn from specialists dedicated to protecting at-risk species and make a tangible difference by caring for animals living in local communities. While here, you’ll quickly discover that Bali’s people are as fascinating as its animal kingdom, and true Balinese culture is on full display at a Kecak Fire and Trance Dance in Ubud, Bali’s cultural epicenter.

For aspiring vets, this program offers a rare opportunity to venture beyond cats and dogs and get up-close and personal with exotic tropical species while interacting with vibrant Balienese culture. Open your eyes to a different way of life and leave having made meaningful connection to Bali’s communities and animal kingdoms.

July 11 - August 1 C22 days$6680Available
Earn & Learn
Bali: Tropical Veterinary Medicine Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Bali Tropical Veterinary Medicine offers 3 natural science college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 15 hours of documented community service.

  • Previous international travel and animal science recommended
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school graduate
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago


Course Description

During this course, you will gain exposure to the practice of veterinary medicine in a variety of settings ranging from wildlife rescue centers to community clinics. This program introduces the scientific principles of veterinary medicine while encouraging critical thinking and problem solving. You will have the opportunity to care for an exotic array of animals with a balance between preventative healthcare and hands-on intervention.

Course Objectives
  • Go beyond cats and dogs to learn about anatomy and behavior of different species including birds, reptiles, primates and mammals
  • Compare and contrast approaches to healthcare at wildlife rescue centers
  • Practice preventative care and hands-on intervention with a focus on avian and exotic animal medicine
  • Learn to analyze body language of animals and draw health conclusions for times when performing a physical exam is not an option
  • Gain exposure to community clinical care in rural villages
  • Log contact hours working alongside veterinarians


Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in Bali, volunteer at wildlife refuges, rescue centers and animal hospitals. Your projects are determined by the needs of the organizations at the time, but possible projects include:

  • Interpret fecal examination results
  • Feed animals and provide life enrichment to help stimulate animals in their enclosures
  • Perform physical exams and assist with a spay/neuter clinic in local communities
  • Educate local communities on animal welfare issues

15 Service Hours

3 College Credits

Bali: Tropical Veterinary Medicine Itinerary



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.

Study marine animals like famous manta rays

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.

  • Trip Highlights

  • Work alongside veterinarians at wildlife rescue centers
  • Shadow and assist with spay and neuter clinics
  • Perform physical exams and learn about avian anatomy
  • Help build enrichment habitats for rehabilitating animals
  • Snorkel with manta rays at Manta Point
  • Embark on an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip
Bali: Tropical Veterinary Medicine Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Katherine Jacobs

The Bali vet trip exceeded my expectations in every way possible. As a returning student, I thought I knew what to expect, but once again I was proven wrong. The trip questioned so many aspects of my life from classroom learning to the cultural immersion and interaction. The hands on experience gained from this trip was so rare and even once in a lifetime. I mean, how many people can say they assisted in a leaf monkey examination? This trip has opened my perspective to different views of animal welfare and the incredible work and love locals have! The desire for change and compassion in Bali was palpable. I can only hope to share these experiences with others at home and keep my desire to evoke change moving in the right direction.

Emme Bartlett

This trip was absolutely mind-blowing! From hiking to remote waterfalls and bat caves, to performing physicals on leaf monkeys, to swimming with sharks and manta rays, this trip was constantly challenging us to learn more and expand our world views. Our group became friends so quickly that it felt like traveling with a big family! I can’t thank of a single summer where I had so much fun and learned so much about something I love.

Zoja Verlic from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Bali veterinary medicine is a trip everyone should experience. It opens your eyes on how different cultures live, helps you understand things can change if you just start the change within yourself and leaves you with a belief there are people out there willing to help you make a difference. Visiting wildlife centers is so inspirational and helping out at dog shelters will give you the strength that veterinary medicine is something you can do one day to help species that truly count and need our help. Thank you for such a trip, Broadreach.

Erin Mawhinney

The Bali Veterinary Medicine trip is one of the greatest experiences of my life. From impromptu exams on wild animals to hopping stones across a rolling river to exploring the ocean with manta rays. I left Broadreach with memories that I will never forget. But most wonderful of all, I walked away with new friends from all over the world and new insight about the world around me. I went into this trip wondering what the world could offer me, but I left wondering what I can offer to the world.

Laura Easton from Meridian, ID

This trip is perfect for anyone who is interested in wildlife, conservation and veterinary medicine. On top of that you get to experience different cultures and meet people who are passionate about animals and who took an idea and made it happen.

Bali: Tropical Veterinary Medicine FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?

Trip tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodation and activities from the time you arrive on location. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees and optional college credits. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot (pending your acceptance into the program), and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $339-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

How does travel work?

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

What is the application process?

Step one: submit your initial application online with a $35 application fee. If there is space, you can secure your spot with a $1000 deposit while you complete the secondary application. Step two: we will send you login details to complete your secondary application (academic reference, personal statement, interview, transcript). Once we accept your secondary application pieces and you’ve paid your deposit, your place on the program is secured!

What do the academics involve? How do college credits work? What if I don’t take the program for credit?

Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more information, click here.

How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

How does Broadreach address safety?

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Who will my instructors be?

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please call our office for more information on applying.

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