College Programs

Costa Rica Veterinary Medicine

In the shadows of a volcano and along the Pacific coast, participate in animal care working alongside professionals in large and small animal medicine, husbandry, pathology and surgery.

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Interactive days of in-the-field veterinary experiences

  • Learn directly from professionals as you help them treat and rehabilitate animals while working with wildlife rescue centers, private farms and animal clinics.
  • Balance your time between field work, lab practice and daily experiences with the rich culture of Costa Rica.
  • Learn about large animal handling and examination with veterinarians before horseback riding through lush rainforests.
  • Practice suturing skills during clinical rotations, assist with physical examinations and monitor animal behavior at a wildlife rescue center.
  • Build lasting relationships as you soar through the jungle canopy on a zipline and whitewater raft alongside new friends.
June 18 - July 9 $6,780 Available Enroll Now
“I gained more veterinary experience in three weeks than I ever thought possible. The techniques I learned and the confidence I gained will definitely be useful to me in the future. I didn’t expect to become so close with people on the trip, but I’ve definitely gained some lifelong friends. I loved being immersed in Costa Rican culture and using my Spanish.” Cassandra, college alumna


College Credits


Service Hours

Three natural science credits available through Lesley University. 

Course description: This course gives students field experience, practice in lab techniques and hands-on work with professional veterinarians. Students learn comparative anatomy, physiology, medicine, surgery, behavior, nutrition, conservation and more.

Course objectives:

  • Understand basic animal anatomy and physiology in species including dogs, cats, cattle, primates and horses.
  • Explore the opportunities and importance of veterinary medicine when applied to civil service and nonprofits.
  • Perform physical examinations, gaining hands-on, practical experience in a veterinary clinic.
  • Discover potential career paths through field experiences.

20 hours of service learning through work with farms, rescue centers and clinics. Projects are determined by the needs of the organizations at the time of the program.


  • Must be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate to participate.
  • Must be one year out of high school or have completed one semester of college.
  • At minimum, completion of high school or college biology course.