This course is designed for the veterinary, pre-veterinary, animal science or zoology students to gain working knowledge of the husbandry, and health issues confronting farm and large animal including horses, sheep, pigs, and cattle in Belize.


You will get the opportunity to learn hands-on veterinary examination techniques at working ranches and farms as well as learn about large animal agriculture in Belize, including analyzing laboratory specimens in a laboratory. Lectures focus on the selection, nutrition, reproduction and management of horses, beef cattle, goats, swine and sheep. Other topics taught in this course include animal anatomy and physiology, animal agriculture economy, animal diseases and animal research. On Saturday, the course includes a free small animal clinic which may involve vaccinations, physical exams, or surgeries, depending on what’s needed in the community at the time. Students will have free time on Saturday afternoon, and there is the option for a fun and affordable beach trip on Sunday.

In this course you will develop a basic understanding of the role of livestock in agriculture (Belize and globally). The course goal is to expose students to the practice of farm animal medicine and the production systems involved. It will introduce basic concepts and principles of animal nutrition, growth, health, behavior, reproduction, and genetics, as well as practical commercial applications, such as ration formulation, disease prevention, artificial insemination, genetic selection, and crossbreeding systems. Labs and field trips to a variety of farms in the area provide opportunities to gain practical experience and a better understanding of the lecture material.


Our 2023 programs are open for applications and include our COVID-19 100% Tuition Refund Policy. If a program is canceled by CELA Belize due to COVID-19, we will refund 100% of any program tuition you have paid (including the deposit).


Jan 2 – Jan 15, 2023


 May 14 – May 27, 2023

May 28 – June 10, 2023

June 11 – June 24, 2023

Session for students currently in vet school:

June 25 – July 8, 2023


Class schedules may be subject to change depending on farm availability

Vet doctor check on the horse


Vet doctor check on the cattle inside his cage

Beef & Dairy Cattle

Vet holding on the sheep for check up

Sheep & Goats

Vet student smiling while holding a piglet


Vet doctor spayed a cat

Spay Neuter Clinic

Loop abroad students taking their time off at the beach

Free Time To Discover Belize



Program tuition is $3,180, not including international airfare.

Interest-free payment plans are available. Current college students may be able to use federal financial aid toward their tuition.

The first $500 of your tuition (your program deposit) holds your space in the course. This deposit is non-refundable. All prices are in US dollars.

Want to stay for a whole month? Combine 2 courses!

Tuition for 2 programs is $6,360 Only $5900 – SAVE $460 on your month of adventures in Belize!


  • Course
  • Housing
  • Airport pickup
  • Class excursions
  • Breakfast each day
  • Orientation

Not included:

  • $30 Application fee

  • Personal budget for meals, tours, laundry, evening activities, souvenirs, etc

  • Transcript
  • Airfare

  • Medical insurance (required)


Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! While studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, and gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully, you can pursue a couple of options 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!


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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.