Opportunities for veterinary work, volunteering, research and study abroad:

1. Aide Internships in Medical and Veterinary Science and Nature and Animal Conservation in Australia, Equador, Costa Rica, and other countries: AIDE Abroad gives you the opportunity to not only travel to a new country, but = to gain real life experience in your chosen destination.  Our Intern Abroad programs are the perfect way to live like a member of the local community and fully integrate into a new culture.  AIDE Abroad offers many exciting options to intern abroad, so we are sure to have one to meet your needs.  Get inside the country, get involved in its daily life, and get more from your trip.



2. Summer in Belize Animal Science Program  includes the following two courses:

ASCI-105: Exploring Animal Health and Disease (3 credits) 42 contact hours.

This course is designed for the pre-veterinary, veterinary, animal science or zoology student to gain working knowledge of the husbandry, and health issues confronting horses and cattle (beef and dairy) in Belize. The course is introductory but intense with laxity intentionally built into the schedule to accommodate individual interests of the students taking the course. Classroom sessions on anatomy, physiology and pathology lay the foundation of knowledge needed to confront animal husbandry and disease issues. The majority of the student's time will be spent at externships involving: 1. cattle at the Belize Institute of Agricultural Research and Development, and 2. horses in association with a working horse ranch and breeding facility. Each of the off campus experiences will provide students with general husbandry (shelter, nutrition, and waste management) knowledge of cattle and horses. Additionally, veterinary care such as preventive medicine, reproductive management, medicine and surgery will be observed. Extern-ships will provide students with hands-on experience and problem-solving skills that will assist them while developing careers related to animal health. Grading will be based on participation, and traditional, primarily short answer, essay type questions.

ASCI-110: Exotic Animals of Belize (3 credits) 42 contact hours.

This course is designed for the pre-veterinary, veterinary, animal science or zoology student to gain working knowledge of habitat, reproductive and health issues confronting zoo and wildlife animals in Belize. Classroom sessions on diversity of fauna of Belize, ecology, animal behavior, anatomy, physiology and pathology lay the foundation of knowledge needed to confront habitat, reproductive and exotic disease issues. Emerging diseases will also be discussed in the context of diseases affecting exotics. The majority of the student's time will be spent at externships involving: 1. exotic animals at the Belize Zoo, 2. the Jaguar Reserve, 3. and the Baboon Sanctuary. Each of the off campus experiences will provide students with general knowledge of exotic animals. Additionally, veterinary care such as preventive wildlife medicine, reproductive management, zoo animal medicine and surgery will be observed.

This course is taught by Professor Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand, who is a veterinarian and researcher with a Doctorate in Parasitology and Molecular Biology from the Institute of Parasitology at the Veterinary School in Hanover, Germany. She has focused her work and research in the areas of tropical and wildlife medicine, biology and management. Her work has taken her from Germany and France to Bolivia, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Belize. While in Belize, she has worked on research projects on jaguars and other large cats and helped to set up spay/neuter clinics for stray and street animals.

For more information, go to the link above or contact: Sandi Smith, Ed.D., Director, University Relations Global Learning Semesters, 11921 Freedom Drive, Suite 550, Reston, Virginia 20190 USA, sandismith@GlobalSemesters.com

phone numbers for GlobalSemesters: Toll-free: 877-300-7010 ext. 2, Direct: 703-880-6541, Fax: 703-935-0519,

3. The School for Field Studies: Environmental Field Studies Abroad: SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship.

4. Operation Wallacea: Scientific Conservation Expeditions: Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes. Research is supported by students who join the programme, to strengthen their CV or resume, gain course credit, or collect data for a dissertation or thesis. Academics benefit from funding for high quality fieldwork enabling them to publish papers in peer reviewed journals. This model enables the collection of large temporal and spatial datasets used for assessing the effectiveness of conservation management interventions.

5. The Student Conservation Association is a nonprofit organization that offers conservation internships and summer trail crew opportunities to more than 3,000 people each year. SCA is focused on developing conservation and community leaders while getting important work done on the land. Founded in 1957 to restore and protect America's public lands and preserve them for future generations, SCA remains committed to this goal today. SCA members complete projects in every conservation discipline - from archeology to zoology. Every year, young people spend from 12 weeks to 12 months in one of our internships gaining hands on experience in their chosen field of study including but not limited to Geography including GIS applications, Environmental Education and Science, Earth Sciences, Biology, Natural Resources, and Land Management.

6. Service Learning Without Borders, Medical Fun in the Sun!
If you want hands on Medical, Dental, Physical Therapy or Veterinary experiences this summer, travel with Service Learning Without Borders to go on one of International Service Learnings trips! Dates and locations for summer trips are now available. Trip locations include Peru, Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Domincan Republic, Panama, and Africa. If you are interested, please contact Jill Thompson or Joanna Lang at slwb.jmu@gmail.com for the specific dates and costs as well as an application. Or come to an information session and talk to students who have gone on these trips: Thursday February 19th 2012 6:00pm HHS 2210, and Wednesday March 4th 6:00pm HHS 2210. See JMU Office of Student Activities & Involvement for more information.


7. International Student Volunteers:  For nearly 30 years, ISV has conducted international travel programs for tens of thousands of students across six continents. We began offering our unique volunteer abroad and adventure travel programs in 2002. Since then, over 25,000 participants have completed ISV’s amazing volunteer projects in conservation and community development. IMPACT YOUR WORLD and volunteer abroad with ISV. Learn why we are #1 for volunteer travel programs and action packed adventure. 

ISV offers a range of volunteer travel programs for university students, high school students and anyone else wishing to volunteer abroad. Whether you wish to volunteer with children or animals, communities or endangered habitats, ISV’s award winning projects will inspire and challenge you. Information meeting in Taylor 302 on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 every hour on the hour from 9 to 5 pm.