High School Study Abroad Adventures

Costa Rica Veterinary Experience

Experience working with horses, cows and native Costa Rican wildlife. Assist veterinarians in clinics and in the field. Join fellow animal lovers on an adventure of a lifetime.

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Days of veterinary clinics, animal rehabilitation and pura vida fun

  • Build confidence while working with animal care professionals at wildlife rescue centers, private farms and animal clinics.
  • Participate in equine and livestock medical procedures through experiences like drawing blood, giving injections, performing diagnostic tests and physical examinations.
  • Explore preventative medicine and animal behavior in various contexts.
  • Observe necropsies, assist with spay and neuter surgeries and work with professionals in the field to learn more about animal anatomy and care.
  • Create enrichment activities for the rehabilitative habitats of rescued wildlife.
  • Participate in classic Costa Rican adventures like whitewater rafting, ziplining through the jungle canopy and surfing rolling waves off the coast of a national park.
PROGRAM DATES COST AVAILABILITY
June 25 - July 16 $6,780 Available Enroll Now
July 19 - August 9 $6,780 Available Enroll Now
“This trip provides an environment where you can explore, adapt, learn and grow with every experience. You are exposed to different views, ethics and beliefs culturally and medically in the vet community. Instructors ensure you are prepared in the field and always feeling comfortable, healthy and happy. This trip is an experience you will never forget, giving you hands on experiences in a field you are passionate about. It is a dream come true.” Madison, high school alumna

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Credits Available

20

Service Hours

Three natural science college credits available through Lesley University. 

Course description: In this course, students will get hands-on experience through academic classes, labs and work alongside animal care professionals. Students will learn comparative anatomy, physiology, medicine, surgery, behavior, conservation and more.

Course objectives: 

  • Understand basic animal anatomy/physiology in a range of species.
  • Explore opportunities, importance and limitations of veterinary medicine when applied to civil service and nonprofit centers.
  • Perform physical examinations and basic phlebotomy/venipuncture on common species.
  • Assist with welfare husbandry needs, understanding veterinary standards required to maintain each species.
  • Explore potential veterinary and animal care career paths through hands-on experience in a veterinary clinic.

20 hours of service learning through projects with farms, rescue centers and clinics.

Requirements:

  • Biology I and II or equivalent experience.
  • Available to students completing grades 9-12.