Veterinary Student, Summer or Out-Rotation Externship
CARES Project Costa Rica
December 20, 2017
Cabuya, Costa Rica
Type & Experience Level:
Externship - Any experience level considered
Academia/Research, Non-Profit Associations
4 Year Degree
CARES Project is a 4-week externship in conservation medicine conducted similarly to a traditional clinical rotation in vet school, however in a field setting (1st- 4th year veterinary students). Although mostly students interested in conservation, wildlife and zoo med attend, the principles and experience will benefit a veterinarian going into any field. It is specifically designed in accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s welfare guidelines and competencies, and with veterinary consultants in zoological medicine. We are located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica where the jungle meets the ocean, on the outskirts of Cabo Blanco, the first national park in the country.
CARES Project was developed for the student doctor, with determined learning outcomes, clinical skills, etc. and is not a volunteer work program. Even though hands-on is an extremely important part of the learning, the goal is about the student’s experience, and not the work they can perform for the rescue center. Our students report it was life-changing, far worth the investment. Early planning can allow time to access scholarships and other support to help with costs.
You will be working side by side with a conservation veterinarian and learn about all the various responsibilities the job entails. You will also have patient responsibility in the wildlife clinic and rehabilitation center. The majority of our patient population is primates and our students learn a lot from interacting with these amazing species. We also participate in a captive breeding and release program for the native Scarlet macaw, as well as other programs. These experiences are designed to give each student an opportunity to submit a case report or other manuscript to one of the zoo/wildlife journals for publication. Our students become a knowledgeable authority on conservation problems and protection measures, public health/zoonotic disease, antibiotic resistance, etc. and as these issues play evermore heavily in world politics, it expands the expertise of the veterinarian as a resource. For our wildlife/zoo/exotics students seeking internships or other competitive placements, our goal is to support them as the strongest candidate they can be.
Our students contribute so much to the mission of our project and often leave a lasting legacy after they leave. At the same time we make sure there is plenty of recreation and enjoyment of Costa Rica!
Program periods are available to:
1st and 2nd year veterinary students May through August
3rd and 4th year veterinary students November to mid-May
Applicants should be in good standing at their veterinary school.
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