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Overview

The opportunity to work with an array of rare and endangered animals in an exotic locale of rice terraces, rainforests and active volcanoes sets this veterinary experience, and you, apart.

Your global journey in veterinary medicine begins at wildlife rescue centers on beautiful Bali and Sulawesi. Here you’ll take a comparative view of approaches to long-term care and rehabilitation while receiving unprecedented access to fascinating native species. Get up close and personal with orangutans, sea eagles, sun bears, cassowaries, sea turtles and peacocks, and see how veterinarians in the field put scientific principles into action. Gain real-world experience in preventive medicine as you help veterinarians analyze parasites, de-worm animals and perform necropsies. Provide life enrichment to stimulate rescued animals in their enclosures and learn about pre-release health screenings. Then embed yourself in community-level animal care by working with the indigenous Bali dog population, conducting physical exams on animals living in local villages and educating the public on animal welfare issues.

As if these face-to-face animal encounters weren’t thrilling enough, spectacular scenery and cultural richness astounds at every turn. After a thrilling rafting trip down the Ayung River, snorkel with giant manta rays at the famed Manta Point and attend an ancient tribal Kecak Fire and Trance Dance in Ubud. For aspiring veterinarians, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with Bali’s unique communities and animal kingdom.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 16 - July 11 C26 days$6780Open
Earn & Learn
Bali Veterinary Medicine Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Bali Veterinary Medicine offers 3 natural science college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 20 hours of documented community service.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • 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
ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT
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
COMMUNITY SERVICE

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 and Sulawesi, 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

20 Service Hours

3 College Credits

Bali Veterinary Medicine Itinerary

Itinerary

1

The first few days of your 25-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.

2

No time is wasted as we get to work at a wildlife rescue center in Krambitan. Here, you’ll have multiple opportunities to put scientific principles of veterinary medicine into practice and learn how to diagnose and treat animals in real life situations. Perform necropsies on birds as well as fecal analyses, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what veterinarians do at a world renowned bird park. Learn how stimulation aids in the rehabilitation process. Discover how to read animal behavior when performing a physical exam is not an option. From primates and sea eagles to cockatoos to snakes, you’ll experience a side of veterinary medicine that’s far outside the realm of cats and dogs. Take a break from vet life to explore the ancient Tanah Lot Temple, a breathtaking shrine perched on a rocky outcrop amidst the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.

3

A short flight to North Sulawesi takes you to the heart of the illegal wildlife trade. This sad and unfortunate market has driven numerous animals into rescue and rehabilitation. That’s where you come in. Your work here is focused on wound management, cage management and basic healthcare, all in the hopes of releasing animals back into their natural environments. Gain up close exposure to more than 40 animal species and 200 individual animals. Primates, reptiles, sea turtles, lories and sun bears — they’re all here and ready for your help. After clinical rotations have wrapped, spend time on your private beach and enjoy panoramic views of the Sulawesi Sea. Or, head out to the Tangkoko Nature Reserve to see tarsiers in their natural environment. Beyond earning contact hours and gaining experience, you’ll leave this segment of the adventure with the knowledge that you made a positive impact on countless animals and their chances of long-term survival.

4

Back in Bali and the town of Ubud,your attention turns to present-day animal tourism. A visit to a monkey forest frames group discussions and provides an eye-opening look at how tourism affects the Balinese long-tailed monkey. In Ubud, take the knowledge you acquired at the wildlife rescue clinics and perform animal-welfare education in local communities. Your group will set up a spay and neuter clinic in a small village, plus perform check-ups of indigenous Bali dogs living in canine foster homes.

5

You may not often think about sharks in terms of their vulnerabilities. Sadly, too many sharks are being targeted for fins as well as the aquarium trade. At a shark conservation program near South Denpasar, in Serangan, you’ll witness how one organization is working to reverse those trends and instead provide sanctuary for young sharks until they can be released into the wild. 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 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.

Testimonial - 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 Veterinary Medicine FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

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.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
What is the application process?
Answer:

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!

Question:
What do the academics involve? What if I don’t take the program for credit?
Answer:

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.

Question:
How do college credits work? Where are those credits accepted?
Answer:

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.

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

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.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

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.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

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 $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

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).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

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).

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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