WILDLIFE HEALTH, ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

This 10-day course is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in wildlife from a pre-veterinary, biology or conservation perspective. Through a combination of classroom lectures, field trips and practicums, students will be introduced to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife, veterinary practices and wildlife research techniques. This intensive, introductory course will help students understand the many factors that affect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals.

BASED AT THE WORLD RENOWNED BELIZE ZOO AND THE REMOTE RUNAWAY CREEK NATURE RESERVE

The focus of the course is on wildlife veterinary practices, conservation and research methods. Species specific focus will include the research and conservation of the Jaguars, Tapirs, Howler and Spider Monkeys, Crocodiles, and various Raptor species. Students will gain insight on several field research techniques including behavioral data collection, snare traps, GPS and VHF tracking, camera trapping, chemical immobilization and remote drug delivery, avian mist netting, bird banding, and crocodile nest surveys. Students will also get the opportunity to observe and collect data on captive and wild animals.

Students will be based at the Tropical Education Center, located at Mile 29 on the George Price Highway, across the road from the Belize Zoo. There they will have the opportunity to work alongside zookeepers in the world-renowned Belize Zoo. The central focus of the course is on wildlife conservation and research methods. The course will travel to Runaway Creek Nature Reserve to experience field research conditions. Students will have the opportunity to observe and collect data on both captive and wild animals. The course will learn about current wildlife research in Belize, conservation challenges, as well as rehabilitation and education efforts.

PROGRAM DATES

WINTER 2019-2020

December 28, 2019 – January 11, 2020

SUMMER 2020

Section B: May 30 – June 13

Section C: June 13 – June 27

SUBJECTS COVERED

Class schedules may be subject to change depending on farm availability

Captive Animal Care

Primatology

Human – Wildlife Conflict

Field Research Methods

Reptile and Amphibian Research

Raptor Rehabilitation

PROGRAM TUITION

Tuition

Program tuition is $3,180, not including international airfare. Save $185 by enrolling before Oct 31st for a tuition of only $2,995!

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 $5300. Save $305 by enrolling before Oct 31st for a tuition of $4,995!

Included:

  • Course
  • Housing
  • Airport pickup
  • Class excursions
  • Breakfast
  • Transcript
  • Orientation

Not included:

  • $30 Application fee

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

  • Airfare

  • Medical insurance (required)

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.

Crowdfunding

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!

CELA Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members each winter and summer season.  Each scholarship has a value of 50% off program tuition. Each scholarship has a value of 50% off the program tuition. Students can choose among any animal science courses offered (Large Animal, Wildlife Health, etc). Additional charges including but not limited to late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, and a transcript from a U.S. college/university are not included.

CELA Belize will sponsor scholarships for students in the field of health and pharmacology in each winter and summer season. Each scholarship has a value of 50% off program tuition. Students may choose among any courses offered. Additional charges including but not limited to late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, and a transcript from a U.S. college/university are not included.

CELA Belize will sponsor scholarships for students in the field of anthropology in each winter and summer season.  Each scholarship has a value of 50% off program tuition. Students may choose among any courses offered. Additional charges including but not limited to late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, and a transcript from a U.S. college/university are not included.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

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