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  • Locations: Belize City, Belize
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UTK applicants only
  • Costs Sheets: Fall, Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
UTK Veterinary Clinical Rotation in Belize

Program Description

The Belize Zoo is a small-medium sized zoo that houses native wildlife of various taxa including primates, felids, birds and reptiles. The intention is to provide veterinary care to the Belize Zoo collection, and local rehabilitation or wildlife rescue facilities, including the Belize Bird Rescue facility, as needed. All animal care will take place within the facilities provided by the Belize Zoo. Students will be involved with all aspects of case management (anesthesia, surgery, medical care and follow up) as well as record keeping, prescribing and in house laboratory work. There is a clinic on site, with a surgical area, treatment area, offices, a pharmacy and a laboratory for microscopic analysis of samples.

This program is conducted in Belize, a small country in Central America with a population of ~320,000, adjacent to Mexico and Guatemala. Belize has a wide variety of unique wildlife, responsible for a large boost in ecotourism. Belize has a diverse assemblage of peoples whose history and cultures influence wildlife. These include Mayan, Mestizo, Kriol and Mennonites, among others.

In addition to contact hours at the Belize Zoo, students will enjoy cultural excursions while in Belize.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current veterinary student at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine in the clinical year
  • Good academic standing
  • Zoological medicine interest

Academic Credit

Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for:

  • VMP 873 - Belize Zoo Rotation (2 credits)

The goals of the course are to expose final year veterinary students to wildlife and zoological cases, beyond what is offered through rotations in the exotics clinic and with the zoological service on site at UT. The course will expand upon teaching at UTCVM, and apply it to a developing country, with more limited resources.

Program Housing

Housing and program related transportation on-site is provided by the Belize Zoo.

The accommodation services are included in the program fee, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Belize Zoo.

Belize Zoo

Cost Information

Your program costs include: a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed cost sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.

Andrew Cushing
Program Director, Assistant Professor of Zoological Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Andrew Cushing

Anne Hulse
Assistant Director, Programs Abroad Office
Center for International Education - Melrose Hall

Anne Hulse

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  3. Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
  4. Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.
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This program is currently not accepting applications.