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Summer Internships in Costa Rica

Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine

Wildlife Rescue Center and Quepos, Costa Rica

  • Dates – June 25–July 23, 2022
  • Max Enrollment – 24
  • Prerequisites – No
  • Career Area – Animal and Veterinary Science

Program Overview

Gain hands-on experience in Costa Rica where you will split your time in two locations: a wildlife rescue center and small animal shelter and hospital. You will spend half of the program at a wildlife rescue center located on the west coast of Costa Rica that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of wildlife trafficking or who otherwise need care. The other half of the program is based at a small animal shelter and hospital.  You will have the opportunity to shadow veterinarians and also learn from the facility staff at each location, while participating in supplementary labs and interactive lectures supporting what you are learning. The program includes a 2-day orientation with a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park.

This program includes a combination of veterinary experience and animal experience hours as well as the chance to work with both small animals and wildlife and exotics. Apart from work for the internship, you will also engage in an online course facilitated by a UC Davis faculty. The online coursework provides an opportunity for meaningful reflection during the program. You will spend approximately 35-40 hours per week at your internship and another two hours per week for the online course.

Program provided in partnership with Loop Abroad.

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Program Highlights

  • Learn the basics of husbandry while caring  for sloths, kinkajous, monkeys, parrots and other Costa Rican animals.
  • Perform diagnostic testing/procedures such as coprological examinations and necropsies.
  • Students will be based near Quepos, an excellent central location for beach visits, national parks, and other outdoor exploration.
  • Includes a 2-day orientation with a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, a world-famous beach.
  • Open to students from all majors.

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