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Costa Rica Pre-Veterinary Medical Experience 

Introduction to Veterinary Science

Join us for a veterinary medicine experience in Costa Rica and see what being a vet is all about: large and small animal medicine, husbandry, pathology and surgery — all in locations that resemble paradise.  

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Here in Costa Rica, each day blends academics, lab practice and field work. Learn to draw blood, conduct physical exams and perform diagnostic tests. Assist with local spay/neuter programs. Attend lectures on topics such as anatomy, immunology, diagnostics, pathology and animal welfare. Gain hands-on experience in veterinary medicine and practice suturing skills during necropsy. Class dismissed? Raft Class III rapids, soar through the jungle canopy, soak up the rich culture and natural beauty and enjoy everything Costa Rica has to offer.  

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“Every day was a new adventure, from performing a physical exam on a marmoset to releasing animals back into the wild. Everyone we interacted with has inspired me to chase my dreams and be the best person I can be. ” — Emily Bannister, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Highlights

  • Work alongside veterinarians and gain hands-on experience in a variety of settings
  • Practice suturing skills during necropsy
  • Whitewater rafting and zip lining

Experience Required

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school graduate
  • High school or college biology
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago

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  • College
Community Service & Academics
  • 20 Hours
  • 3 Credits
  • Locations
  • La Fortuna
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

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