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  • Animal Science
  • Caribbean
  • MS HS

Bahamas Veterinary Medicine 12-Day Adventure

Discovery

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Overview

Thinking of becoming a vet one day? This is where you start. From the basics of animal behavior and handling, to shadowing veterinarians and observing surgeries, get a glimpse of what it takes to be a professional in the field.

Gain exposure to the many sides of animal medicine and the different opportunities available to pursue your passion for animals. Roll up your sleeves at the Zoo & Conservation Center and learn about animal care, nutrition, husbandry, wildlife conservation and collect data on their world-famous flamingo colony. Volunteer at a local non-profit animal clinic to learn about animal welfare initiatives and shadow veterinarians as they perform physical exams and spay & neuter surgeries.

Outside of your work with animals, sea kayak the crystal clear Bahamian waters, snorkel through coral nurseries and take a cooking class in a wooden hut on the beach. After this 12-day adventure into the world of veterinary medicine, you'll leave the Bahamas with so much more than just a tan.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
July 6 - July 17 MS12 days$4,180Available
July 20 - July 31 HS12 days$4,180Available
Earn & Learn
Bahamas Veterinary Medicine 12-Day Adventure Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

On the Bahamas Veterinary Medicine 12-Day Adventure, students earn 10 hours of documented community service.

ACADEMICS
Course Description

On this 12-day adventure, students will explore veterinary medicine as it relates to birds, mammals, reptiles and marine mammals. Studies will include federally funded projects, surgeries at rescue centers and general medical care at a conservation center in the Bahamas. Through service learning projects, students will learn how to interpret animal behavior, collect scientific data and how to properly handle a variety of different animals.

Course Objectives
  • Explore the subject of comparative anatomy as you study farm animals, marine mammals, avian species and reptiles
  • Gain insight into governmental veterinary work as you learn about inspections for government farms and private farms
  • Understand roles and responsibilities of veterinarians, veterinary tech assistants and other individuals that work in the industry
  • Learn what it’s like to be a veterinarian by gaining hands-on veterinary experience
  • Assist with interpreting data for ongoing veterinary research
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 the Bahamas, you will volunteer with local organizations on the following possible projects:

  • Volunteer at an underserved zoo and conservation center to help with maintenance of facilities
  • Spend time helping at a local non-profit which serves dogs in the local area

10 Service Hours

Bahamas Veterinary Medicine 12-Day Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary

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Arrive in sunny Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, ready to take your first steps on a unique veterinary medicine adventure. The group takes a little time to get to know one another and everyone becomes fast friends. Then, we’re off to sea kayak in turquoise Bahamian waters followed by a snorkel adventure in the crystal-clear open ocean. Practice identifying various marine species or simply soak up the beauty of this underwater paradise. After a delicious and authentic Bahamian lunch, hike enchanting boardwalks in Primeval Forest National Park and witness beautiful limestone caverns (a.k.a. sinkholes). You are clearly in the Bahamas now.

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At a local zoo and conservation center, our team is given unprecedented access to an exotic array of animal species including iguanas, lemurs, snakes and more. Learn alongside veterinarians and animal experts about animal nutrition, husbandry and capture and restraint techniques. Partner with researchers and collect vital data on local flamingo populations as part of an ongoing research project. Then, delve into the science of necropsy, a key component of veterinary medicine, and put your new skills to the test in a necropsy lab. At the conservation center, rotate through different labs, gaining direct vet experience and confidence in your growing abilities. Then we’re off to shadow vets from the Bahamas’ Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services, visiting and inspecting farms and joining in on a zoonosis (disease transmission) and animal quarantine activity. Before embarking on the final leg of the journey, take time to snorkel in a protected coral nursery, amid colorful marine life native to New Providence Island.

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Take part in hands-on animal welfare activities and give back to humans’ most treasured companion, dogs. Our team has been invited by the local Humane Society to observe spay and neuter surgeries up close. Then, we’ll have the opportunity to help advance their mission and assist with tasks that benefit the welfare of the animals under their care. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of an aquatic veterinary medicine lab and discover how vets and marine biologists work together to care for seals, sting rays and dolphins. Before flying home and having to say goodbye-for-now to your tight new group of friends, we’ll enjoy an excursion to nearby Rose Island to meet the famous Bahamas swimming pigs. Embrace the island lifestyle as we feed go boating and plunge in to the shallow blue lagoon for one last snorkel adventure or play beach volleyball on perfect pink sand beaches.

  • Trip Highlights

  • Work alongside veterinarians at local farms
  • Observe and assist with spay and neuter clinics
  • Go behind the scenes of a marine vet lab and local zoo
  • Volunteer at the local Human Society
  • Visit the famous swimming pigs of Rose Island
  • Snorkel vibrant coral reefs and explore tropical beaches
Bahamas Veterinary Medicine 12-Day Adventure Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Izzy Mattioli (age 16) from Redwood City, CA

The Bahamas Vet Program was truly the most amazing time of my life. I know everyone reads reviews for this sort of thing and they think “meh, okay it looks cool” but this program truly is so incredible! The hands-on experience you get here is incomparable. I can’t stress enough how this program changed my life. It taught me so much about vet medicine while still being fun and adventurous. I made some new best friends and I will never forget this trip. I can’t recommend it enough!

Bahamas Veterinary Medicine 12-Day Adventure FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. 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:
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:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, 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:
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:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, 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:
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:
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 is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

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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