Small Animal Veterinary Experience


Section I: June 27th – July 8th
Section 2: July 11th-July 22nd

Take as a Companion Course to Wildlife Medicine & Conservation
A companion course to Wildlife Medicine & Conservation, Small Animal Veterinary Experience (SAVE) combines key topics in Small Animal Medicine, Public Health and International Medicine with community animal health clinics in Belize. SAVE is an ideal externship for final year vet students and provides critical practical experience for first and second year veterinary students. SAVE also accommodates the learning modalities and objectives for vet-tech and pre-vet students. When SAVE is combined with Wildlife Medicine & Conservation, students spend a total of 4 weeks in Belize. Read More

Course Description
Small Animal MedicineSAVE is co-facilitated in partnership with the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC), Wildlife Institute’s sister non-profit clinic in San Ignacio, Belize. At BWRC, students receive lectures, labs and clinical training in preparation for community health and spay & neuter clinics. Public health and outreach clinics are conducted in and around San Ignacio and Belize. Students travel to various locations in Belize to conduct Animal Health Clinics, Educational Outreach, and Community Spay & Neuter Clinics in partnership with animal welfare organizations and veterinary clinics around Belize.

Students who take both Wildlife Medicine & Conservation and SAVE courses over a month’s time engage with the veterinary staff at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic; visit partner wildlife rescue and rehab organizations in Belize and Guatemala; have an opportunity to participate in international medicine; develop or strengthen clinical skills; work with a number of animal welfare and conservation organizations; and conduct community clinics. This within the context of beautiful Belize with its amazing array of natural beauty and cultural diversity.

SAVE Topics include:

  • Introduction to International Veterinary Medicine (LDC context)
  • Common small animal diseases in Belize and the Neo-Tropics
  • Canine and Feline examination
  • Basic laboratory diagnostics (fecal analysis, hematology, skin and ear cytology)
  • Preventative medicine
  • Anesthesia under clinical and field conditions – from preparation to safe recovery
  • Clinical outreach activities
  • Street animal care
  • Public health educational outreach
  • Spay and Neuter and health care clinics
  • Suture lab
  • Laboratory diagnostic lab
  • Anatomy/radiography

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