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  • Locations: San Ignacio, Belize
  • Program Terms: Summer 2
  • Costs Sheets: Summer 2
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
UTK Small Animal Veterinary Experience in Belize

Program Description

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. Public health and outreach clinics are conducted in and around San Ignacio and Belize. Students travel to various locations to conduct Animal Health Clinics, Educational Outreach, and Community Spay & Neuter Clinics in partnership with animal welfare organizations and veterinary clinics around Belize. Students will be exposed to various opinions, values, attitudes and ideas regarding small animal veterinary care.


  • Anatomy, radiography, parasitology, anesthesia and surgical procedures instruction
  • Roaming Dog Surveys
  • Canine and Feline Examinations
  • Animal Health Checks, Outreach and Clinics
  • Spay and Neuter Events
  • Walking Historic and Cultural Tour of San Ignacio
  • Black Rock Hiking and Swimming

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • safely handle, restrain, and examine small animals
  • perform basic clinical and laboratory diagnostic procedures
  • describe common zoonotic diseases and their diagnoses, treatments, and prevention
  • demonstrate an understanding of domestic animal anatomy and radiography
  • correctly perform basic suturing
  • demonstrate and understanding of cardiopulmonary physiology as related to the perioperative patient
  • correctly calculate drug dosages
  • safely and effectively administer and monitor anesthesia to the perioperative patient
  • communicate effectively with local communities about preventative healthcare for domestic animals

Academic Credit

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive credit for:

  • AGNR 491: International Experiences in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3 credits)

Students should expect hands-on clinical and community experience working with a well-established veterinary organization and veterinarian(s) in Belize. Assignments will be completed before and after the international experience via Canvas and Zoom, as well.

Program Housing

Students will stay in shared rooms – double rooms are standard, although there are some rooms with capacity to hold up to 4 people. All breakfasts and most lunches are provided on-site each day.

Accommodations are included in the program fee.

Belize Accommodations


Cost Information

Your program costs include: tuition, 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.

Dr. Adam Willcox
Program Director, Research Assistant Professor
274 Ellington Plant Sciences Building

Adam Willcox

Anne Hulse
Assistant Director
Programs Abroad Office - 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.

If you wish to use your HOPE Lottery Scholarship for the summer term, you may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of $1,000 but you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Unique Funding Opportunities for Herbert College of Agriculture students

This program is currently not accepting applications.