Florida Sea Turtle Medicine - Loop Abroad

Florida Sea Turtle Medicine

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL FOR SUMMER. OUR COSTA RICA SEA TURTLE PROGRAMS HAVE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR THIS SUMMER. 8 SPACES IN THIS FLORIDA PROGRAM ARE OPEN FOR JANUARY 2022.

A one-week exclusive opportunity to learn at one of the busiest sea turtle hospitals in the world in beautiful Juno Beach, Florida.

We are thrilled to be offering ONE session in summer 2021 with the exclusive opportunity to work and learn at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in beautiful Juno Beach, Florida.

Join an exciting new residential course on Sea Turtle Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) in Juno Beach, Florida. 

Curriculum: Monday – Friday, we will be at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center approximately 9am – 5pm for a full-time learning experience. This intensive course will provide an introduction to clinical sea turtle medicine and rehabilitation at one of the busiest sea turtle hospitals in the world, with morning lectures in anatomy and physiology, therapeutics, diagnostics, and population health. In the afternoon sessions, you will observe sea turtle patients during treatments and diagnostics. A necropsy lab is planned as well as a night with the research team conducting nesting surveys on the beach. 

Housing and meals: Housing and meals will be provided. Housing will be in a shared house for Loop Abroad students and staff. Those participants who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 must provide evidence of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the program start and agree to follow COVID masking and social distance protocols when outside of the house. Participants will share bedrooms with up to 3 students per room – each student will have his or her own bed, and rooms will be shared by gender. 

All meals are included and will be prepared in-house. Students will be asked to help prepare meals or pack their own lunches from the provided food.

We will be living in a family environment to limit exposure outside of our travel pod. This is a dry program. In the evenings, we will have time to enjoy getting to know one another in a group at home, or will arrange outdoor group activities we can enjoy together, such as beach visits. All transportation during the program is provided (private van). Airport pickup and dropoff to Palm Beach Airport is included free of charge (at designated pick up and drop off times).

Teaching Faculty: You will be learning from Dr. Max Polyak and his staff of three certified veterinary and rehabilitation technicians, as well as guest lecturers from other departments at LMC. Dr. Polyak has practiced and taught marine animal medicine and conservation to veterinary and marine biology students on three continents. In addition to his role as a Director of Rehabilitation at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Dr. Polyak also serves on the Steering Committee of the Sea Turtle Rescue Alliance, and was founding veterinarian and trustee of the Sea Turtle Hospital at the University of Florida. He is widely published in the veterinary and human medical literature, and is courtesy faculty in the surgery department at the School of Medicine at UF. He is one of our students’ favorite instructors!

Program Dates:

Summer Session: Sunday, August 8 – Saturday, August 14. Arrive Sunday, August 8th for orientation and welcome dinner. Full-day programming at Loggerhead Marinelife Center Monday – Friday. Group beach day on the final program Saturday. Depart Saturday, August 14th.

January 2022 session: Sunday, January 9 – Saturday, January 15. Arrive Sunday, January 9th for orientation and welcome dinner. Full-day programming at Loggerhead Marinelife Center Monday – Friday. Group beach day on the final program Saturday. Depart Saturday, January 15th.

Tuition: Summer session: $2,550.  Winter session: $2,750. No discounts (including the alumni discount) are available for this program. Tuition includes airport transfer, housing, meals, transportation, and your full curriculum and educational program. Maximum capacity of 8 students in this group – only one session available this summer. Participants must be 18 or older.

Notes: Tuition is non-refundable and must be paid in full to hold your spot. Airfare is not included. If you are unable to attend because of illness or travel restrictions, you will be provided access to a virtual version of this program free of charge.

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