The opportunity to work with an array of rare and endangered animals in an exotic locale of rice terraces, rainforests and active volcanoes sets this veterinary experience, and you, apart.
Your global journey in veterinary medicine begins at wildlife rescue centers on beautiful Bali and Sulawesi. Here you’ll take a comparative view of approaches to long-term care and rehabilitation while receiving unprecedented access to fascinating native species. Get up close and personal with orangutans, sea eagles, sun bears, cassowaries, sea turtles and peacocks, and see how veterinarians in the field put scientific principles into action. Gain real-world experience in preventive medicine as you help veterinarians analyze parasites, de-worm animals and perform necropsies. Provide life enrichment to stimulate rescued animals in their enclosures and learn about pre-release health screenings. Then embed yourself in community-level animal care by working with the indigenous Bali dog population, conducting physical exams on animals living in local villages and educating the public on animal welfare issues.
As if these face-to-face animal encounters weren’t thrilling enough, spectacular scenery and cultural richness astounds at every turn. After a thrilling rafting trip down the Ayung River, snorkel with giant manta rays at the famed Manta Point and attend an ancient tribal Kecak Fire and Trance Dance in Ubud. For aspiring veterinarians, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with Bali’s unique communities and animal kingdom.
“Throughout this trip I felt like a true veterinarian. I was thrilled when we sat on the small animal surgeries and participated in the post-op care... I learned a lot throughout these past days: both about animals and myself. I have gained tons of confidence and believe even more that I have everything it takes to be a great veterinarian.” — Kelly S., Delaware, OH
- Work at wildlife rescue centers in Tabanan and North Sulawesi
- Shadow spay and neuter surgeries
- Perform avian necropsy and fecal examinations
- Snorkel with manta rays at Manta Point
- Go whitewater rafting
- Participate in a snake handling workshop
- Previous international travel and animal science recommended
- Minimum 18 years old
- High school graduate
- Minimum GPA: 2.50
- Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago
Costs & Dates
Community Service & Academics
- 20 Hours
- 3 Credits