Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a sloth vet? Or treat some of the world’s most endangered wildlife? The Virtual Wildlife Veterinary Medicine Panama Internship might be for you – now open for enrollment!
In addition to your up-close observations and shadowing, you’ll get to:
The Wildlife Veterinary Medicine Panama Virtual Internship will give you the opportunity to virtually learn from veterinarians in a veterinary clinic serving wildlife, exotics, and small animals, as well as those working in a busy wildlife rehabilitation facility, which has an emphasis on the rehabilitation and release of sloths.
Join your instructor, experienced wildlife veterinarian Dr. Julio Reyes, to learn about the medicine and treatment of Panamanian wildlife. Dr. Reyes is the Medical Director of Centro Veterinario Panamá in Panama City, which sees and treats a range of animals – from companion pets to exotic animals and wildlife.
Dr Reyes is also the consulting veterinarian for APPC Panama, the Pan-American Conservation Association, which is Panama’s leading wildlife rescue organization. Since 2005, the APPC has rescued, rehabilitated and released more than 5,000 wild animals – including kinkajous, jaguars, porcupines, margays, toucans, monkeys, anteaters, and sloths. With deforestation, over-development, poaching, and the illegal pet trade being some of the biggest threats to wildlife in Panama, the APPC is dedicated to saving the region’s most vulnerable species.
By joining us on this program, you’ll get the chance to learn about the treatment of Central America wildlife – including clinical examinations, handling, restraint, common diseases and medical therapies. You will also learn about the rehabilitation process and have the opportunity to virtually shadow any surgeries, rescues, or releases!
This course is fully asynchronous – you can begin at any time.
In order to earn your completion certificate for the course, you will need to complete a number of online quizzes and assessments to demonstrate your participation and understanding of the course topics.
This course involves 25 total hours of content, including lectures, workshops, labs, and pre-recorded vet shadowing sessions.
This course includes virtual veterinary rounds and a virtual visit to the sloth sanctuary in Panama!
This program is designed for university-aged students who are interested in working professionally with animals.
All undergraduate, pre-veterinary, and veterinary students are welcome. Individuals of any nationality may apply.
All programming is in English – no Spanish skills are required (but if you have them, you’ll definitely use them!)
Dr Julio Reyes, DVM – Dr. Reyes is an experienced wildlife veterinarian who is the Medical Director of Centro Veterinario Panamá in Panama City, which sees and treats a range of animals – from companion pets to exotic animals and wildlife. Dr Reyes is also the consulting veterinarian for APPC Panama, the Pan-American Conservation Association, which is Panama’s leading wildlife rescue organization.
In addition to a hearing from a range of local guest lecturers in Panama with extensive experience in wildlife rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and release – particularly those working on the front-line of wildlife crime – you will also get to join Dr Roberto Fecchio (DVM) for a lecture on the use of prosthetics in wildlife that have been injured in the illegal wildlife trade in Central and South America. Learn about the creation of prosthetic beaks for toucans and macaws!
Part of your tuition will go towards supporting these organizations in their work. Your help is especially valuable in a time where decreased tourism has left many sanctuaries without their primary source of financial support.
Since many students have had difficulty finding shadowing or volunteer experiences due to COVID-19, we are heavily discounting tuition to help students meet their goals.
There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this internship.
"This was a great learning experience! We were able to spend a lot of time with the vets and they were constantly answering questions and sharing their knowledge. Strongly recommend this trip!"
Andrea G., Thailand College Veterinary Service 2016
Wright State University, Dayton, OH