Animal Rescue Internship Online

Gain clinic experience and support animal rescue…

from anywhere on Earth

Loop Abroad is proud to offer remote internships to allow students around the world to learn from and support the year-round work of the Adopt Meow Cat Shelter and the Dog Rescue Clinic in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Join us to learn real-world clinical skills directly from a veterinarian and contribute resources to help cats and dogs in need in communities across Chiang Mai province.

You will shadow the Loop Abroad veterinary team as they visit and support several rescue projects in need of veterinary services. Your tuition sponsors the time, medicine, and supplies especially needed now as many families can no longer afford to take care of their animals.

You’ll start by learning the basics – restraint, physical exams, and common diseases – but it’s all in preparation for Surgery Week. During the final week, you’ll be observing spay and neuter surgeries to study surgical techniques and reproductive anatomy as your veterinarian instructor provides free sterilizations for community animals.

Animal Rescue Interns will be mentored and supervised over interactive video calls in English by our passionate and dedicated team:

Dr. Pijitra Seeta (left, “Dr Eve”) is the Loop Abroad Clinic Manager and an experienced small animal vet with many years of experience at the Elephant Nature Park dog and cat shelter which takes care of over 1000 animals.

Kitiya Pinmaneenopparat (right, “P Kay”), is the Thailand Country Director, and before her years of service with Loop Abroad, she was a Language and Culture Trainer for the U.S. Peace Corps.

Students completing this internship earn a Certificate in Companion Animal Management in Rescue and Shelter Environments from Loop Abroad.

Adopt Meow Cat Shelter

No cat center in the area has been continuing to move more stray cats and kittens from the street into forever homes than Adopt Meow. But volunteers are scarce, especially now during COVID, and it takes a lot of veterinary care to keep accepting stray cats during this time. This center is 100% run on donations.

At this center, you’ll be discussing the following topics as the veterinarian demonstrate clinical skills:

  • Cat and dog shelter design, quarantine protocols, and managing infectious diseases
  • Common cat and dog infections in tropical environments
  • Cat restraint and human safety
  • Cat physical exam techniques – what to look for
  • Preventative medicine for kittens and adult cats, including how to identify cat’s ages and sexes
  • Blood collection and FIV/FeLV/FIP tests
  • Feline skin, fecal, and ear samples – collecting and processing

Dog Rescue Clinic

Provide free physical exams, flea treatments, eye treatments, and spay and neuter surgeries for dogs throughout the community surrounding the Dog Rescue Clinic. At the clinic you will be observing and learning about:

  • Canine behavior and restraint
  • The stray dog situation in Thailand, including a special focus on dogs that live at Buddhist temples where monks feed them and we visit to provide vaccines and treatments
  • Canine physical exams
  • SOAP notes
  • Skin and ear samples and cytology and identification of common skin diseases in Thailand
  • Blood draw technique, blood smears, and hematocrit tests
  • Fecal floats
  • Disabled dogs and their treatment
  • Visiting a Thai animal hospital

Spay and neuter week:

Your final week will focus on surgical techniques. Even if you have observed or assisted with a surgery before, you’re bound to learn from our instructor team as they explain the why and how of what they are doing. During this week, you’ll cover:

  • Anesthesia
  • Reproductive anatomy
  • Suture patterns
  • Sterile gloving techniques and surgery instruments
  • Drug dose calculations, fluid calculations
  • Canine and feline spay and neuter techniques
  • Post-operative exams and follow-up care
  • Role of sterilizations, fostering, and adoption

Students may apply from anywhere in the world. You must be fluent in English and have internet fast enough for a video call (minimum 1Mbps) and a computer with video playback, microphone, and sound. No experience with veterinary medicine is required.

Dates, Meeting Times, And Deadlines

Session Dates Meeting Times Enrollment Deadline
Spring Session Mar 22 to Apr 11 Monday through Friday 9-11pm ETMar 20
Summer Session June 14 to July 2 Monday through Friday 9-11pm ETJune 12

Each week, you’ll be shadowing the veterinary team by video call at the times above. All Animal Rescue Interns can ask questions and get one-on-one mentorship.

Enrollment is rolling and sessions will close as soon as they fill. If a fellowship session is still listed here, there are still positions available.

Internship Tuition

Since COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ travel and educational plans, we are heavily discounting tuition to help pre-veterinary students meet their goals.

FellowshipFull TuitionSpring and Summer 2021
3-week internship (40 hours)$1200$895

University credit is not offered with this internship.

There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this fellowship.

The Gilman Scholarship could fund $5000 of your tuition. See the official website and read about Loop Abroad students who have received this scholarship. If you are a US citizen receiving a Pell Grant and currently enrolled in college or university, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship. The next round of applications for the Gilman scholarship open in January 2021. The deadline will be in March. At that time, you can apply for scholarships to use on any program starting between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

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There are lots of ways to help fund your online and travel programs with Loop Abroad, and we are here to help!

Scholarships are a terrific way to cover some or all of your tuition for a Loop Abroad program. When you look for scholarships for pre-vet programs, you need to look at all your options!

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship:

The Gilman Scholarship could fund $5000 of your tuition and the next deadline is March 1 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time! 

The Gilman Scholarship was designed to help students of limited financial means have the opportunity to study abroad – online or in-person. Nearly a third of applicants are awarded the scholarship! This is a great opportunity to help cover your tuition.

Students can receive up to $5,000 for travel or virtual programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs, to our semester programs, or one of our 2-week programs.

Along with their application, students must submit two essays, the Statement of Purpose Essay, and the Community Impact Essay. Students must also upload their transcripts (unofficial or official). For more information on the application guidelines, please click here.

See the official website and read about Loop Abroad students who have received this scholarship. If you are a US citizen receiving a Pell Grant and currently enrolled in college or university, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship. The round of applications due March 1 will cover in-person programs or internships that start between May 1, 2022, and April 30, 2023. This cycle encompasses Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Academic Year 2022-2023 programs.

Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship

Focused elephant imageLoop Abroad is offering one FULL TUITION scholarship to cover one online program of your choice. Applications for 2023 are now open and are due December 1, 2022, for your choice of an online program in 2023. We’re proud to add this to the list of scholarships for pre-vet programs.

Who can apply: This scholarship is open to all students age 18 and over. You do not have to be a US Citizen. You do not have to be currently in school. You do not need to be enrolled in an online course to apply. You can apply for the scholarship first and make your online course selection after you receive a decision about the scholarship. (Note: if you make any payments toward tuition and later receive the scholarship, your payments will be refunded up to the value of one online program of your choice, not including an online semester.) 

Criteria for selecting the scholarship recipient: 

We will consider financial need, commitment to conservation and/or animal science, academic performance, and ability to be a positive team member as factors in our decision. We are not looking for the applicant with the highest grades or the most animal hours. We are not looking for the applicant with the saddest story. We are looking for a student who embodies Loop Abroad’s values of teamwork, commitment to a cause, and hard work, and for a student who would not be able to otherwise afford Loop Abroad tuition (whether because of household income or recent change in circumstances).

How to apply:
To apply, you must complete the following three steps:

  1. Apply for the Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship here. The application requires a copy of your proof of household income (such as last year’s tax return).
  2. Follow @LoopAbroad on Instagram ( and make an Instagram post about the program you’re hoping to join, tagging @loopabroad and #loopabroad in the post.

Announcement of Award: The scholarship winner will be notified by January 15th.

Dr. Erica Ward holding a black dog and an elephant at the background and an elephant dogWhy is it called the Erica Ward Scholarship? Dr. Erica Ward is our Academic Director. We believe that she embodies the values we are seeking in our scholarship applicants: she is passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and driven to make the world a better place. Dr. Ward consistently strives to find ways that Loop Abroad can support projects in need and help its students and alumni have fulfilling academic opportunities. We have decided to name this scholarship after her to honor her continued commitment to her values and purpose. (PS – She isn’t dead. Please don’t write your essay about honoring her legacy. She is very much alive and still working here. If you are a finalist for the scholarship, she will read your essay.)

The scholarship will be credited toward tuition for the winning student toward the Loop Abroad online program of their choice. If the chosen winner has already made payments toward his or her Loop Abroad tuition, those payments will be refunded in full.

The scholarship is non-transferable. If the student cannot attend, the scholarship will be void – it is not a cash prize and cannot be paid as such. Applicants must be over the age of 18. Citizens and residents of any country may apply.


The Gilman-McCain Scholarship:

Young lady holding a blue parrotThe Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.

This scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are child dependents of active duty service members and receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid. Students can receive awards of up to $5,000 for 2+ weeks of international travel or online programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs,  semester programs, or 2-week travel programs.

The next round of applications for the Gilman scholarship opens in January 2022. The deadline will be in March. At that time, you can apply for scholarships to use on any program starting between May 1, 2022, and April 30, 2023.

Freeman-Asia Scholarships:

Smiling woman hanging on a ropeThe Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. This scholarship is open to both US citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduate students at a two-year or four-year college or university.

Recipients can receive up to $3,000 in awards for summer programs. This scholarship can be applied to our Thailand programs for 2+ weeks.

In order to apply, students must fill out an online application. Read the scholarship instructions here and the eligibility requirements here.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are closed. 

The Fund for Education Abroad:

Loop Abroad scholarships student checking heartbeat of the tigerThe Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial needs who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate in any international education program that meets their academic objectives.

This scholarship is open to US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the US. Scholarships range from $1,250 – $10,000.

Along with their application, students must submit a financial aid form (filled out by the financial aid office at their school), one recommendation letter, and a copy of their unofficial transcript.

Applications for Spring 2023 (programs from January- May) are due by September 15, 2022 at 12pm (noon) EST. Students may review the scholarship and application instructions here.

Scholarships of note that you can apply for through the Fund for Education Abroad include:

  • The Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship – for students studying abroad in Southeast Asia
  • Boston Area Study Abroad Association Scholarship – for students with schools in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Connecticut.
  • Rainbow Scholarship – For LGBTQI students that participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.
  • Malú Alvarez Global Access Scholarship- Five scholarships for semester-long programs to be awarded for study in any country.
  • NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship- These funds are awarded to African-American undergraduate students in the United States who hope to study abroad.
  • Gateway International Group Education Abroad Scholarship- Scholarship awarded to those who are first-generation college students, or those whose home or college of study is in Kentucky. Travel Video Contest:

Smiling woman holding small wildcatThe 2020 Travel Video Contest gives students the opportunity to win a scholarship by sending in an original video discussing:

  • How COVID-19 has impacted your international education or cultural exchange experience abroad
  • Your ideal international education or cultural exchange after Covid-19

There are several prizes available ranging from $250 to $4,000.

In order to apply, students must create a 4-minute video and submit an online entry form. Tips and tricks for filming a video entry can be found here. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Submissions are due by October 13, 2021. Apply here.

NAFSA scholarships

NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and they have a long list of scholarship databases (including scholarships for pre-vet programs) that might help make your program possible!

"Overall, this course has been amazing. It has exceeded any and all expectations I had. I love it!"

Grace H., Animal Rescue Internship Online 2020

Alma College in Michigan