Belize and Greece
Veterinary Internships

Want to gain 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.

What’s Included

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.

Enrollment in one of our veterinary internships includes:

  • Internship placement
  • Housing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Completion certificate
  • 24/7 support staff by phone
  • On-site meals for some locations (this varies by internship, please read below for more)

Not included with enrollment:

  • Transportation to your internship each day
  • Personal travel
  • Activities during free time
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Flight
  • College credit

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

Our veterinary internships are open to people of any age and experience level, from anywhere in the world! You don’t need to have prior veterinary experience or be a current student to enroll. If you’ve been eager to travel and explore an interest in animal care, these internships provide a unique experience to try something new!

Internships are from 2 weeks to 12 weeks in length. 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.

All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Veterinary Internship Opportunities

Belize Zoo Internship 

This incredible internship brings you to tropical Belize where you’ll get hands-on experience working and learning at the Belize Zoo. Founded as a way to provide a home for a variety of wild animals that had been used in the making of documentary films about tropical forests, the Belize Zoo is now home to over 200 animals, representing over 45 native species! The Zoo keeps animals that were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.

During your internship, you’ll earn both veterinary hours and animal experience hours while also getting to learn from the amazing staff that makes up the Belize Zoo. This unique internship brings you behind the scenes to give you first-hand experience working at a zoo and providing care to animals in need.

Details: Cost of $700/week. Includes all meals. Minimum of 2 weeks; maximum of 4 weeks. (If you want to stay longer, you can combine this with an internship at the Belize Raptor Center.)

Belize Raptor Center

Escape the bustling city life with this internship at a busy raptor center in a secluded part of Belize. During your internship, you’ll be able to help with the rescue birds and learn from the staff on site. There’s an animal clinic on site, which is where our Pathology and Radiology virtual courses are taught, and where the staff do all sorts of amazing things to help wildlife in Belize. This center is run by a wildlife rehabber and may also include a vet on site (veterinarian on site is not guaranteed).

Details: Cost of $700/week. Does not include meals. Minimum of 2 weeks; maximum of 12 weeks.

Greece Zookeeping Internship

Attica Zoo in Athens, Greece

Located at the Attica Zoo, this internship allows you to shadow the zookeeping staff for up to 40 hours per week. Your work at the zoo includes activities and duties such as  cleaning and maintenance of enclosures of wild animals, helping with animal health checks, preparing food for the animals, assisting with animal enrichment projects, and so much more. The Attica Zoo is accredited by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

Please note that this is a zookeeping internship, not a veterinary internship.

Details: Cost by week listed below. Does not include meals. Minimum of 4 weeks; maximum of 12 weeks.

  • 4-weeks $3,400
  • 6-weeks $4,600
  • 8-weeks $5,800
  • 10-weeks $6,900
  • 12-weeks $8,200

The included accommodation will be shared rooms with same-sex interns in an area where you can easily access the city center, restaurants, and nightlife. Rooms are fully furnished and have wifi. There may be a commute of up to an hour to reach the Attica Zoo where you may be expected to arrive as early as 7am.

Daily transportation to the zoo is not included. Interns can use public transport to get to the Attica Zoo and around Athens. A one-month unlimited pass to public transport is $30/month (and you can get an additional 50% off with a university ID).

Meals are not included in Attica Zoo internships.

Greece Veterinary Internship

Attica Zoo in Athens, Greece

This internship grants the opportunity to shadow veterinarians as you provide medical care to land and marine mammals, reptiles, and birds from all over the world. With three vets at the zoo at any time along with a maximum of two veterinary interns, there’s no shortage of experienced people to learn from. This internship is perfect for those with an interest in veterinary medicine and those looking to gain experience and skills to fortify your veterinary school application. The Attica Zoo is accredited by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

Details: Cost by week listed below. Does not include meals. Minimum of 2 weeks; maximum of 4 weeks. This internship is already full from March to August 2023.

  • 4 weeks $3,820
  • 3 weeks $3,095
  • 2 weeks $2,345

The included accommodation will be shared rooms with same-sex interns in an area where you can easily access the city center, restaurants, and nightlife. Rooms are fully furnished and have wifi. There may be a commute of up to an hour to reach the Attica Zoo where you may be expected to arrive as early as 7am.

Daily transportation to the zoo is not included. Interns can use public transport to get to the Attica Zoo and around Athens. A one-month unlimited pass to public transport is $30/month (and you can get an additional 50% off with a university ID).

Meals are not included in Attica Zoo internships.

Greece Wildlife Conservation Internship

Action for Wildlife at the Axios River National Park

Perfect if you are pursuing the following careers: Biologist, Ecologist, Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Environmental Scientist (Policy/Planning/Law), Forensic Biologist, Habitat Specialist, Herpetologist, Park Management, Ranger, Research Scientist, Veterinarian.

This is your chance to get hands-on on caring for wild animals. Join the team of veterinarians & conservation experts in providing medical care to wild animals (birds, foxes, turtles, rabbits etc), cleaning cages, repairing and building enclosures, feeding animals, participating in releases and community education events, and maintenance of the facilities.

Details: Cost by week listed below. Does not include meals. Minimum of 4 weeks; maximum of 12 weeks.

  • 4-weeks $3,400
  • 6-weeks $4,600
  • 8-weeks $5,800
  • 10-weeks $6,900
  • 12-weeks $8,200

Housing is on-site. Rooms are shared with mixed-sex interns. Rooms are fully furnished and include wifi.

Weekly transport to Thessaloniki and supermarket supplies are provided.

Meals are not included.

Greece Marine Conservation Internship

Archipelago Institute on Lipsi Island

Perfect if you are pursuing the following careers: Marine Biologist, Oceanographer, Environmental Management, Fisheries Biologist, Biological Technician, Geographer, Microbiologist, Hydrologist, Biochemist, Environmental Scientist (Policy/Planning/Law), Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Ecologist, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Climatologist and Media, PR and Communications.

This is your chance to understand marine conservation from all angles. Join the team of marine specialists & conservation experts in field work and working with the research data and communications that make it possible to protect marine ecosystems. Daily tasks may include collecting data on marine species, water quality and coastal biodiversity surveying, human impact studies, environmental policies, GIS and remote sensing, awareness campaigns, wildlife photography and video, and graphic design.

Details: Cost by week listed below. Minimum of 4 weeks; maximum of 12 weeks.

  • 4-weeks $3,400
  • 6-weeks $4,600
  • 8-weeks $5,800
  • 10-weeks $6,900
  • 12-weeks $8,200

Housing is shared with other interns on-site. Meals are included while working at the Institute.

Lipsi Island is an 8-hour ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens. Transportation from the Athens airport to the island is included at the beginning of the internship.

How to Apply

Applying is simple! Just click the button below to begin your application today. You’ll be able to choose the dates and duration of your internship (we have dates available year round). We can also assist with getting a visa where required (internships beyond 90 days will require a visa). COVID vaccine is required.

Please note that no early discount or alumni discount is available on internships.

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Scholarships

 

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 will open in early January 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 (instagram.com/loopabroad) and make an Instagram post about the program you’re hoping to join, tagging @loopabroad and #loopabroad in the post.

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.)

Details:
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.

InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest:

Smiling woman holding small wildcatThe InternationalStudent.com 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!

"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