WILDLIFE HEALTH, ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
Earn 80 Veterinary Hours!
This 2-week course is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in wildlife health 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.
STUDY WILDLIFE HEALTH 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.
WILDLIFE HEALTH PROGRAM DATES
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
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!
- Airport pickup
- Class excursions
- Breakfast and dinner each day
- $30 Application fee
- Personal budget for meals, tours, laundry, evening activities, souvenirs, etc
- Medical insurance (required)
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