Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics

This course may be combined with Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation or Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation   for a comprehensive four week summer session in Belize with incredible field experiences.

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Study Veterinary Practices in Belize

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Veterinary Practices in BelizeThis course is designed for the veterinary, pre-veterinary, animal science or zoology students to gain working knowledge of the husbandry, and health issues confronting farm animals including horses, sheep, pigs, and cattle in Belize. Students get the opportunity to learn hands-on veterinary examination techniques at working ranches and farms as well as learn about animal agriculture in Belize, including analyzing laboratory specimens in a laboratory. Lectures focus on the selection, nutrition, reproduction and management of horses, beef cattle, goats, swine and sheep. Other topics taught in this course include animal anatomy and physiology, animal agriculture economy, animal diseases and animal research.  Students participate in a local animal health clinic, practicing their new skills and assisting in spay and neuter procedures. 

Study Vet Practices in BelizeThe student will develop a basic understanding of the role of livestock in agriculture (Belize and globally). The course goal is to expose students to the practice of farm animal medicine and the production systems involved. It will introduce basic concepts and principles of animal nutrition, growth, health, behavior, reproduction, and genetics, as well as practical commercial applications, such as ration formulation, disease prevention, artificial insemination, genetic selection, and crossbreeding systems. Labs and field trips to a variety of farms in the area provide opportunities to gain practical experience and a better understanding of the lecture material.


From a summer 2011 student:

"I did get into vet school....

Got Into Vet School

Just so you know, my interviewers ... were completely fascinated by my Belize stories, so that's something you can tell students that come in with hopes of applying to vet school. They loved hearing about our "third world" spay/neuter clinics using zip tie ligatures, doing surgery completely under the use of injectables (no gas), and no autoclaves. My interview went so well, they called me less than a week later to tell me I was accepted! Naturally, they asked me other things, but Belize was the first subject that came up so it was definitely a major stepping stone to get into vet school."

Chelsea VA

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Course Itinerary

Day 1 Course Introduction: Basic Suture Procedures
Day 2 Large Animal Physical Examination: Horses
Day 3 Practical: Beef Cattle
Day 4 Practical: Dairy Cattle
Day 5 Practical: Horses
Day 6-7 Free Time: Optional Spay/Neuter Clinics
Day 8 Introduction to Animal Health and Reproduction
Day 9 AI Farm
Day 10 Practical: Sheep and Goats
Day 11 Practical: Pigs
Day 12 Presentations and Final Exam

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