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Zoo Medicine at the Belize Zoo

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Hands-on experience for students in Belize.

Program Overview

Led by Andrew Cushing, Clinical Associate Professor and Julie Sheldon, Clinical Associate Professor, this two-week rotation exposes clinical veterinary students to wildlife and zoological cases beyond what is offered through rotations in the exotics clinic and the zoological service on site at UTCVM. Students spend time at the Belize Zoo, a small- to medium-sized zoo that houses native wildlife of various taxa, including primates, felids, birds and reptiles. Students also work with local rehabilitation or wildlife rescue facilities as needed. Students are involved with all aspects of case management (anesthesia, surgery, medical care and follow up), as well as record keeping, prescribing, and in-house laboratory work. Eight students can participate in this program.

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The elective will be offered twice in 2024 and will accept a maximum of 8 students each time.

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To be announced, 2023/2024

To be announced, 2024 (applicants will receive notification of their application status by this date)

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Andrew Cushing
Clinical Associate Professor, Small Animal