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
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.
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.
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
Programs Abroad Office - Melrose Hall
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
Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.