Small Animal Veterinary Experience (SAVE) is co-facilitated in partnership with the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC), and local animal welfare organizations. 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.



July 13th-24th, 2022

Private groups and custom itineraries available.

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The Wildlife Institute arranges housing at local hotels and guest houses for interns and students. Standard accomodations include multiple occupany, AC, free WiFi, private bath and kitchenette. Upgrades and private accomodations are available upon request. Students and interns have free access to BWRC kayaks for wildlife spotting and recreation.

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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key challenges and opportunities for small animal veterinarians in a developing country.
  • Safely handle, restrain and examine small animals.
  • Perform basic clinical laboratory diagnostic procedures.
  • Describe common zoonotic disease and their diagnosis, treatment and prevention, including those prevalent in the Neo-tropics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of domestic animal anatomy and radiography
  • Correctly perform basic suturing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cardiopulmonary physiology as related to the perioperative patient
  • Correctly calculate drug dosages
  • Safely and effectively administer and monitor anesthesia the perioperative patient
  • Communicate effectively with the local community about preventative healthcare for domestic animals


  • Tuition
  • Lab fees
  • Hotel accommodations with free wifi, all breakfasts
  • Excursions, field trips, entrance fees
  • Field medical supplies
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Payments & donations to the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic
  • Program T-shirt