Animal Rescue Internship Online - Support Our Vet Clinic in Thailand - Loop Abroad

Animal Rescue Internship Online

Join the team at Elephant Nature Park!

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 Elephant Nature Park and the Dog Rescue Clinic in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Even if you’re stuck at home, you can be learning real-world clinical skills directly from a veterinarian and contributing 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.

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 was a Language and Culture Trainer for the U.S. Peace Corps.

This internship includes veterinary hours that can be recorded on your VMCAS application to vet school:

  • Fall Sessions: 80 vet hours in 8 weeks
  • Winter Sessions: 40 vet hours in 4 weeks

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

Elephant Nature Park (ENP)

Lek, founder of ENP, announcing Loop Abroad’s recent donation

ENP, one of Loop Abroad’s founding partners, is one of the largest shelters for dogs and cats in all of Thailand. They have been incredibly successful rescuing elephants over the years with over 80 elephants on their expansive property. They have also responded to the major

problem of stray dogs and cats in Thailand by starting no-kill shelters for both. Now they are home to nearly 700 dogs and 700 cats!

As you can imagine, it’s a huge task to keep track of and care for all of these animals. It’s even more challenging when they can’t invite visitors and volunteers to help!

Cat Kingdom at ENP – it’s a lot of cats!

Join the Loop Abroad team as they contribute to ENP’s dog and cat shelters for two weeks of your internship. Of course, you’ll also get to learn about the elephants from the elephant veterinary care team!

Since Thailand closed to tourists, many elephant attractions have gone out of business. Luckily, Elephant Nature Park has been able to rescue some of those elephants. One of our Summer 2020 groups witnessed 7 new elephants arriving to the park – the most ever to arrive in one day!

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

  • History and role of the shelters
  • Cat and dog shelter design, quarantine protocol, and managing infectious diseases
  • Common cat and dog infections in tropical environments
  • Cat and dog restraint and human safety
  • Cat physical exam techniques – what to look for
  • Preventative medicine for kittens and adult cats
  • Blood collection and FIV/FeLV/FIP tests
  • Geriatric cat care
  • 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 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

Additional lessons:

Across both the cat and dog centers, you will be also learning:

  • Sterile gloving techniques and surgery instruments
  • Drug dose calculations, fluid calculations
  • Spay and neuter anatomy
  • Canine and feline spay and neuter techniques
  • Anesthesia overview
  • Post-operative exams and follow-up care
  • Radiography, in cases of cats or dogs injured by cars (a sad but common occurrence in Thailand)
  • Role of fostering and adoption across cultures

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

Each week, you’ll be shadowing the veterinary team by video call at the times above. Groups are limited to 12 interns so 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 TuitionFall 2020
6-week internship (80 vet hours)$2000$1495
3-week internship (40 vet 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 by the October 6, 2020 scholarship deadline.

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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.

Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship

Loop Abroad is offering one FULL TUITION scholarship to cover one online program of your choice starting December 2020 or later. Applications for this scholarship are due November 18, 2020.

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:
In order to apply, you must complete the following three steps:

  1. Submit the application to 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 November 25th.

girl 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 in order 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.

Scholarship is non-transferable. If student cannot attend, 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.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship:

Created in 2001, 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.

This scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application. Students can receive up to $5,000 for 3+ weeks of travel or virtual programs. The scholarship can be applied to any of our online programs, to our semester programs, or to one of our 2-week programs with an added bonus week.

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.

Applications close October 6, 2020. Apply here.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship:

The 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 receiving 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.

Application deadline is October 6, 2020. Apply here.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship:

The 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 of 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 2020-2021 school year are closed. 

The Fund for Education Abroad:

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invests in promising students with financial need who wish to study abroad. Potential applicants who meet our eligibility requirements may participate on 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 and can be applied for programs that run for at least 28 days.

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 Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 will open November 16, 2020 and be due by January 20, 2021. Students may review the scholarship and apply here.

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

The 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, 2020. Apply here.

The Associate Home Loan Scholarship:

The Associate Home Loans Scholarship was created with today’s future leaders in mind. As college prices are constantly increasing this scholarship was created with the hope that it can help make a small difference in one college student’s life each year.

This scholarship is open to high school seniors who have been accepted into a college or university, and current college and university students who attend at least part-time.

Students can apply for the scholarship by submitting a 500-word essay to the question, “What is your dream career?” The student with the winning essay will be awarded $1,000.

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"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