Intern Abroad HQ has a number of diverse veterinary internship opportunities available in multiple destinations. With our programs, you will gain the chance to shadow professionals in the field, work closely with a range of different species, educate local communities and provide hands-on assistance with treatment. The tasks associated with each program are dependent on the destination that you choose to intern in. Each location provides a different internship environment and cultural approach to treatment and care of animals. If you are a veterinary student or recently graduated and want to get your hands dirty, these internships are for you!
By taking a veterinary internship during your summer break, you can develop your skills by enhancing your communication, teamwork, problem solving, cross cultural intelligence and gain deeper career insight. Each internship facilitated by Intern Abroad HQ includes a guided reflection framework that allows you to accurately assess and review your experience. Once you have concluded your internship, you will be provided with a portfolio of these reflections to help you draw from what you learnt abroad and better communicate your skill development to future employers.
Wildlife Veterinary Internship in South Africa
The wildlife internships in South Africa are truly a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to work in one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the world. Located in Gondwana Game Reserve, this intensive 2 week veterinarian program provides a look behind the curtain into the rewarding world of wildlife veterinarians. Anyone who has thought there must be more to the field of veterinary now has the chance to shadow a qualified professional in this thrilling opportunity.
The aim of this internship is to allow students to participate in practical veterinary activities in the field with leading wildlife vets, and learn how those activities fit into applied research. The research focuses on how and why animals use certain parts of the landscape, and how that is influenced by predation or vegetation productivity. This requires the immobilization of large herbivores to fit GPS enabled tracking collars and enables veterinarians to examine the animals close-up and check overall health.
Intern Abroad HQ is offering this opportunity on a limited basis due to the specific nature of the tasks involved and there will be only one start-date on June 12th 2020, so don’t miss out. Check out the details here and check availability or apply if you’re ready to take the next step.
Fill your free time in South Africa
South Africa is a country of endless possibilities. For those wanting to spend time in the city, Cape Town is the place for you, with epic outlooks, incredible beaches and an up and coming culinary and entertainment scene. However, the true star of the show is the natural beauty of the country and the differing landscapes. While you are likely to encounter a large amount of wildlife through your program, there is nothing quite like being part of a professional game drive. Watching the trackers search for the slightest signs of animals and the knowledge of your guides being a fascinating part of the experience. This provides a look at a different side of conservation and sites like kruger National Park are not to be missed.
Veterinary internship in Peru
A veterinary internship in Peru is an affordable internship opportunity for students looking to gain experience in this field. Located at the gateway to the Incan Sacred Valley, Cusco, the structure of this program means that participants have an opportunity to assist in both veterinary clinics and animal shelters. This provides a unique opportunity to follow the animals are they progress through treatment, to rehabilitation through to adoption.
While in Cusco, interns learn the proper use of medical instruments and develop rehabilitation programs together with the local veterinarian. During the week interns will also assist at a local dog shelter and assist in developing medical and recovery programs for the sick and injured dogs.
For those who speak Spanish or are learning the language, this program provides an immersive experience that is sure to boost your comprehension and fluency. Veterinary internship in Cusco do require interns to come prepared with a basic proficiency of Spanish language skills, in order to ensure you’re positioned to settle in well and enhance your Spanish language confidence and understanding.
Fill your free time in Cusco
Machu Picchu is the attraction that is on the wishlist of just about everyone who has traveled or wants to travel. Built high into the Andean Mountains, the ancient Incan citadel is truly a sight to behold and a true feat of human engineering. The surrounding area, known as the Sacred Valley, contains a myriad of hiking options that weave through colonial towns and remote villages. With a number of travel options available, you won’t want to miss the chance to fit this into your schedule and it is well worth a visit if you are planning to participate on an internship program in Peru.
Veterinary Internship in Guatemala
In Guatemala, veterinary internships provide an introductory internship experience for interns with careers aspirations within animal care and veterinary fields.
As education is shaping new ideologies around animal ownership and proper care in Guatemala, interns are able to help local staff influence positive change and wellbeing for the local domestic animal population. This program has a mixture of basic care and devoted veterinary related tasks including animal rehabilitation, aiding animal surgeries, and providing diagnostics for animals that are brought in for treatment.This program requires interns to speak Spanish at a basic level. Therefore it is important to come prepared as those you will be interacting with only a daily basis are unlikely to speak much or any English.
Fill your free time in Guatemala
You can’t go to Guatemala and not visit Pacaya National Park and the main attraction, Pacaya Volcano. Located just an hour outside of Antigua, this is a great spot to spend a day hiking by yourself or with others and take in some epic sightseeing. Tours to Pacaya Volcano depart frequently from Antigua and are generally between 4 to 6 hours in length. For an even greater spectacle, consider doing a tour that offers a sunset hike and you won’t regret the incredible views. Antigua itself is a fantastic hub for sampling delicious local cuisine, sightseeing, coffee tours, shopping, and more. Public buses are available from Antigua to many other parts of the country, so if you’re thinking of heading further afield to explore other attractions, such as the Tikal Ruins, Lake Atitlan, or Semuc Champey, you’ll find that it is easy to arrange.
Veterinary Internship in Costa Rica
Owning a pet is a large part of Costa Rican culture, with over two thirds of households being home to at least one domestic animal. Because of this veterinary clinics have the task of keeping up with the demands of providing care to a growing population of animals that live in private residences as well as the substantial number that reside in shelters or on the street.
Those who are interested in participating on a veterinary internship in Costa Rica should bring a passion for animal care and can expect to assist doctors in treating animals, assisting with medical procedures, providing medication and care and overseeing the rehabilitation process. For more experienced students, there is the possibility of being involved in vaccinations, surgeries and diagnosis. Costa Rica is also a predominantly Spanish speaking country, so interns must be confident that they can communicate at a basic level.
Fill your free time in Costa Rica
A paradise for adventurers and nature lovers, Costa Rica offers unrivaled environmental diversity and scenic splendour, as far as the eye can see. So what is the best way to experience all this? Try hiking the national parks, taking surfing tours on the beaches, kayaking through the mangroves, or zip-lining through the treetops. The San Luis Canopy Tour departs from San Ramon and features 12 zip-line cables up to 550 meters in length and incredible views that you won’t soon forget. Or, if you don’t mind getting your feet wet (literally), you can join in a whitewater rafting tour that takes you through 13 kilometres of beautiful forest landscape across 2 hours. Adrenaline junkies and lovers of the great outdoors will not leave Costa Rica unsatisfied!
Ready to lock in your veterinary internship abroad?
With Intern Abroad HQ’s rolling admission dates, you can express your interest and check the availability of your desired veterinary program. You’ll hear back from one of our helpful Program Managers who will guide you through the next steps. If you’ve already chosen your destination of choice for a veterinarian internship abroad, submit your application to begin the planning process (it doesn’t cost anything to apply). So why not reach out our team today and let us help you to make your international veterinarian internship a reality!
Looking for something else?
Within each internship destination you can browse various fields of interest to find an option that aligns with your passions, studies, experience and career goals. Our internship experts will work with you to provide guidance and answer questions about any ideas you have or opportunities you’d like to discover. It doesn’t cost anything to apply but being able to receive your expression of interest can help us to point you in the right direction. If you wish to get in touch, contact our team for a chat!
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