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Costa Rica Pre-Veterinary Medical Experience 

Introduction to Veterinary Science

Introduction to Veterinary Science


For students considering a future working with animals or are pre-vet school, this opportunity to gain hands-on experience will prepare you for your future and give you the field experience needed to pursue that path. This program introduces you to not only academic subject areas taught at vet school, but also the in-class lab techniques used to uphold these teachings, and students will log 35+ hours working alongside veterinarians. Students learn comparative anatomy, physiology, medicine, surgery, behavior, husbandry, nutrition, conversation, management and public health standards.

“The people I met were amazing, the leaders were spectacular, and the program was very well geared toward college students.” — Laura Moore, Lookout Mountain, TN


  • Understand basic animal anatomy/physiology in a range of species including dogs, cats, cattle, primates and horses
  • Explore the opportunities, importance and limitations of veterinary medicine when applied to civil service and not-for-profit centers, and compare and contrast these with established standards of care provided in other areas
  • Perform physical examinations and basic phlebotomy/venipuncture on common species
  • Gain hands-on experience in a veterinary clinic and practical animal handling experience in a medical setting
  • Explore potential career paths through a variety of field experiences


  • Introduction to veterinary medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Immunology
  • Disease
  • Parasitology
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Pathology
  • Diagnostics
  • Animal nutrition
  • Small animal medicine
  • Large animal medicine
  • Potential career paths


  • Small & large animal handling, husbandry and nutrition
  • Diagnostics
  • Surgical lab practices (stitching)
  • School outreach programs
  • Race horse husbandry and management
  • Sea turtle monitoring
  • Clinical observations

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Costa Rica Pre-Veterinary Medical Experience
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Community Service & Academics
  • 20 Hours
  • 3 Credits
Contact Hours
  • 45 Hours
College Credit
  • 3 natural science Credits
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