ENCOUNTER FAMOUS TEMPLES, THRILLING RIVERS AND EXOTIC ANIMALS
The first few days of your 25-day veterinary medicine experience begin with a whitewater rafting adventure down the Ayung River, followed by a visit to the Tegenungan waterfall situated in the heart of a lush jungle. Then, the hands-on work in veterinary medicine begins. Against a tropical backdrop of rice paddies, temples, active volcanoes and one-of-a-kind beaches, test the limits of your knowledge, learn how to administer preventative and hands-on medicine to rare animals and gain valuable practical experience working alongside veterinarians in the field.
THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
No time is wasted as we get to work at a wildlife rescue center in Krambitan. Here, you’ll have multiple opportunities to put scientific principles of veterinary medicine into practice and learn how to diagnose and treat animals in real life situations. Perform necropsies on birds as well as fecal analyses, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what veterinarians do at a world renowned bird park. Learn how stimulation aids in the rehabilitation process. Discover how to read animal behavior when performing a physical exam is not an option. From primates and sea eagles to cockatoos to snakes, you’ll experience a side of veterinary medicine that’s far outside the realm of cats and dogs. Take a break from vet life to explore the ancient Tanah Lot Temple, a breathtaking shrine perched on a rocky outcrop amidst the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.
RESCUE, REHABILITATE and RELEASE
A short flight to North Sulawesi takes you to the heart of the illegal wildlife trade. This sad and unfortunate market has driven numerous animals into rescue and rehabilitation. That’s where you come in. Your work here is focused on wound management, cage management and basic healthcare, all in the hopes of releasing animals back into their natural environments. Gain up close exposure to more than 40 animal species and 200 individual animals. Primates, reptiles, sea turtles, lories and sun bears — they're all here and ready for your help. After clinical rotations have wrapped, spend time on your private beach and enjoy panoramic views of the Sulawesi Sea. Or, head out to the Tangkoko Nature Reserve to see tarsiers in their natural environment. Beyond earning contact hours and gaining experience, you’ll leave this segment of the adventure with the knowledge that you made a positive impact on countless animals and their chances of long-term survival.
BRING YOUR SKILLS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Back in Bali and the town of Ubud,your attention turns to present-day animal tourism. A visit to a monkey forest frames group discussions and provides an eye-opening look at how tourism affects the Balinese long-tailed monkey. In Ubud, take the knowledge you acquired at the wildlife rescue clinics and perform animal-welfare education in local communities. Your group will set up a spay and neuter clinic in a small village, plus perform check-ups of indigenous Bali dogs living in canine foster homes.
SHARKS NEED YOUR HELP, TOO
You may not often think about sharks in terms of their vulnerabilities. Sadly, too many sharks are being targeted for fins as well as the aquarium trade. At a shark conservation program near South Denpasar, in Serangan, you'll witness how one organization is working to reverse those trends and instead provide sanctuary for young sharks until they can be released into the wild. The journey concludes with a snorkel drift at the famed Manta Point reef and dive site, where large schools of passive manta rays swim with abandon just a few feet from your mask. It’s spellbinding.