Greece Pre-Vet Internship

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Want to gain a unique career experience? Ready to travel internationally with both independence and support? Consider joining one of our incredible veterinary internships abroad!

Why Choose An Internship?

Our veterinary internships abroad offer students an amazing opportunity to pursue their love of travel while also earning valuable career experience. Compared to our study abroad programs, our internships give students more flexibility when traveling. They’re perfect for students who want to gain hands-on experience but with the freedom to travel and spend time on their own. They’re also great for those who don’t want to navigate the logistics of finding and vetting their own internship opportunity or housing abroad.

Similar to traditional internships, our veterinary internships abroad provide placement with one of our partner projects. Through this placement, you’ll have a set place to intern each day where you’ll shadow, observe, or assist as needed. These internships provide experience that can be used on a resume and some colleges and universities may even accept internship credit for them.

Please note that Loop Abroad internships are quite different from Loop Abroad programs. You will not have a Loop Abroad staff member with you each day, you do not have a Loop Abroad teaching vet, and you do not have activities and transportation scheduled and provided for you. Internships offer you the flexibility of traveling and exploring on your own with the safety and support of an in-country support coordinator, as well as a traditional shadowing internship placement at one of our partner projects. At all internships, you should expect to be on-site approximately 35-40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Who It’s For

This veterinary shadowing internship is designed to offer veterinarian and pre-vet students an exceptional opportunity to gain top-quality experience in their field. Through this hands-on experience, you will gain veterinary hours, develop and enhance your skills and understanding of animal care, preparing you for a successful career in veterinary sciences. As an intern, it is essential to have a genuine interest in veterinary sciences and a strong commitment to observing both surgical and non-surgical procedures. This internship is great for those pursuing a career as a Veterinarian, Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Technician, or other veterinary related field. 

If you and a friend are applying together and would like to intern together and be housed together, please contact us at [email protected] to assist you.

Applicants must be 18+ and must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate study to apply.

Overview

This internship offers ethical veterinary shadowing opportunities that adhere to the guidelines set forth by the AAVMC (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges). During the internship, you will have the unique opportunity to closely observe and work side-by-side with experienced veterinarians. All veterinarians and staff members are bilingual, and some have received their veterinary training abroad, ensuring a seamless international experience free from language barriers.

There are two locations to choose from: Athens or Thessaloniki. In Athens you’ll have the chance to work closely with companion animals (cats and dogs). In Thessaloniki you will see domestic companion animals but farm animal (cows, sheep and horses) experience can be accommodated upon request at the time of application. The vets at both locations work with NGOs that handle wildlife but it is not guaranteed there will be wildlife cases on your internship.

Highlights

Highlights include:

  • Closely observe and work side-by-side with experienced veterinarians. 
  • Care for a diverse range of animals, including domestic animals like cats, dogs, reptiles, and birds.
  • Have the opportunity to care for farm animals like cows, sheep, and horses (in Thessaloniki upon request)
  • Explore some of the world’s top archaeological sites and museums in Athens.

Dates and Tuition

Internships start on a Monday and end on a Friday, with airport transfer from Athens on the Sunday before the Monday start date included in the tuition fee. The duration of the internship will be at least 2 weeks and maximum of 4 weeks. 

2-weeks $2,520

3-weeks $3,250

4-weeks $3,980

Included: Airport pick-up, housing, local English-speaking coordinator, and International reference letter. 

Not included: Meals, Travel expenses, medical insurance, and entertainment expenses.

Housing and Meals

The accommodation provided is fully furnished, students will have either single or double beds and access to WiFi. Housing is shared with 1-6 other interns of the same gender.

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Locations

Athens

Interns will be working at the Veterinary Center of Peristiri where they work with orthopedic diseases, small pet medicine, diagnostic medicine, preventive medicine and soft tissue surgery for small animal and exotic animals. The center provides hospitalization, intensive monitoring and has an integrated surgical department (abdominal, thoracic, orthopedic surgery, etc.) and the ability to deal with pathological cases.

Athens is the capital city of Greece and has a Mediterranean climate; mild winters and hot summers. From its ancient wonders like the iconic Acropolis and Parthenon to vibrant neighborhoods like Plaka, interns will have ample opportunities for cultural exploration and historical immersion in their free time. You can enjoy leisurely walks through charming streets, savor delicious Greek cuisine at local tavernas, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this captivating city. Whether you’re seeking ancient marvels or contemporary delights, Athens welcomes you with open arms.

Thessaloniki 

Interns in this location will be shadowing Dr Karamitros Anestis, he is the veterinarian who provides service to local domestic & farm animals and the wildlife organization for our Wildlife Conservation internship.

Thessaloniki offers a captivating mix of history, culture, and natural wonders that cater to a diverse range of interests. It has vibrant cultural heritage and its streets are steeped in history, reflecting the intertwined past and modern lifestyle of Europe. Thessaloniki is a treasure trove of European heritage and development. Interns will be able to take a hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore the city’s prominent attractions, including the iconic 76-meter-high OTE Tower.

Interns will be able to explore the city’s markets, such as Kapani and Modiano, offering an authentic Greek experience with traditional tavernas and a wide variety of fresh, locally produced goods. Outside Edessa, the Pozar Thermal Baths present a unique opportunity for relaxation and potential therapeutic benefits. Interns can venture out further to the village of Dion, nestled beneath the towering Mount Olympus, the highest peak in both Greece and the Balkan Peninsula. Here you can explore the ancient ruins, thermal baths, and a Hellenistic theater.

The coastal Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, located near the Aegean Sea, provides an ideal setting for a sailboat trip across the Thermaic Gulf, offering breathtaking views and the chance to explore shipwrecks.

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