EXOTICS VETERINARY PATHOLOGY INTERNSHIP ONLINE
Join a Wildlife Veterinarian LIVE...
From anywhere in the world
Work directly alongside a wildlife veterinarian at a Belizean clinic in this veterinary pathology internship. Intern at a state-of-the-art onsite clinic at a center respected locally as a leader in pathological disease assessment, treatment, and research.
This internship is designed for undergraduate students as an introduction to basic veterinary pathology.
Prerequisite: No prerequisite courses are required, but interns should have a basic understanding of mammal anatomy and physiology.
- 100% live online through Zoom and Google Classroom
- Earn 48+ veterinary hours for VMCAS vet school applications (48 live exotics vet hours and 12 open Q-and-A vet hours with observation and optional breaks)
- Join a wildlife veterinarian up close and in real time for necropsies and organ dissections
- Learn pathological techniques used in veterinary medicine and participate in examinations
- Support exotics rescue, rehabilitation, and research in Belize
- Interns attending at least 70% of live sessions will receive a certificate of completion (sessions are recorded if you are not able to attend all hours live)
LEARN VETERINARY PATHOLOGY BASICS
Instead of a lecture-based course, this virtual internship uses Zoom and Google Classroom to bring you into the clinic and learn as the teaching veterinarian guides you through the diagnostic processes used in the clinic. The focus is on understanding the principles and patterns of pathology by seeing them in real time. You will be exposed to practical examples of disease processes. This internship provides a foundation in pathophysiology and a link between biology concepts and their clinical applications.
Each day, learn and practice your skills in:
- Veterinary pathology
- Systems pathology (specific pathogenesis and diseases of body organ systems in birds and other exotics)
- Gross pathology
- The spectrum and mechanisms of pathological changes in tissue
- The role of clinical pathology in relation to diagnosis, prognosis, case monitoring, and the use of diagnostic equipment
- Hematology, coprological examination, and parasites as they relate to cause, nature, and origin of disease
Join Dissections, Exams, and Clinical Activities:
- Exotics necropsies: Necropsies of birds and other exotics will be a centerpiece of the internship, and a key component to understanding health and diseased systems of animals such as birds of prey, parrots, rats, rabbits, iguanas, and coatis.
- Organ dissections: Detailed dissections of organs such as heart, eye, lung, liver and brain of exotics and large animals helps you to understand the structure of these organs, their functionality, the appearance and function of healthy organs, and the ability to identify disease in these organs.
- Case studies and clinical rounds: the interns will work together with the veterinarians to test, assess, and diagnose cases and prepare a treatment plan
- Clinical care of exotics: triaging avian and other exotic patients and shadowing the veterinarians in providing clinical care
- Osteology: understanding diseases of bones in avian patients, including fracture stabilization, surgery, and fracture pinning
- Therapy and treatment in avian patients, including wound care, physical therapy, and fluid therapy and management
- Radiology: the use of x-rays, including dental x-rays, in diagnosing disease
- Coprology: fecal exams
- Parasitology/parasite pathology: discussion and discovery of common parasites in the tropics, their symptoms, their effects of micro and macro systems, and their treatment
- Histopathology and cytology: use of microscope slides and/or virtual microscopy for tutorial-style histopathological teaching, including understanding hematology, blood stains, PCV, total protein, and differential counts.
SUMMER 2021 SESSION
July 6 – August 14, 2021
Enrollment is rolling and sessions will close as soon as they fill. If an internship session is still listed here, there are still positions available!
Zoom session times
Every Tuesday 4pm – 9pm ET starting July 6 (includes 1 hour observation break)
Every Saturday 11am – 4pm ET starting July 10 (includes 1 hour observation break)
What will a Zoom session look like? Here’s an example internship day!
4-6pm Heart Necropsy (Pathological assessment)
6-7pm Observation break (Students may stay to observe microscope slides or observe animal behavior)
7-9pm Discussion: Heart diseases in veterinary medicine
Dr. Jorge Luis is a wildlife veterinarian from Mexico who completed his studies at The National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry (UNAM), the oldest veterinary school in the western hemisphere! UNAM is considered the most prestigious veterinary school in Latin America and is the only school in the region to be granted full accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education.
Dr. Jorge comes to us with various zoo and wildlife experience, including focused studies on lions, tigers, and birds such as blue-footed bobbies, pelicans, and raptors. Dr. Jorge is an avid fan of the outdoors and enjoys working with the amazing wildlife he gets to see and treat every day.
Since COVID-19 disrupted many students’ travel and educational plans, we are heavily discounting tuition to help pre-veterinary students meet their goals!
Full tuition is $2,000 $1495 — discounted 25% for Summer 2021
There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this research fellowship.
- All instruction directly from a veteriinarian
- Online platform for video sessions, reflections, and discussion
SCHOLARSHIP AND FUNDING IDEAS
Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, may still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.
The Gilman Scholarship offers awards of $5000 for undergraduate study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. Talk to us about applying!
Many of our alumni have been successful raising money from friends, family, and community through crowdfunding. Tell your story, share your passion, and people may want to be a part of your adventure and growth!
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are child dependents of active duty service members and receiving any type of Title IV federal financial aid to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.