Veterinary Semester Online - From Elephant Medicine to Big Cats - Loop Abroad

Veterinary Semester Online

Veterinary Courses, Research, and Community

… from anywhere on Earth

Loop Abroad is proud to offer the only online semester in the world designed with pre-veterinary students in mind.

The semester includes any 12 credits of online veterinary courses and an up to 80+ hour online internship or research fellowship of your choice to develop your clinical and research skills.

  • Four 3-credit online veterinary courses. Learn about elephants, sea turtles, zoo medicine, wildlife, and more from expert vets in the field. Choose 4 of our popular online courses.
  • An online Research Fellowship or Internship. Earn vet hours developing your clinical mindset at the small animal rescue, analyzing big cat behavior at the zoo to improve animal welfare, or learning rainforest wildlife rescue. Choose your experience, join the team, and get to work!
  • An Online Learning Community with a personal veterinarian mentor for each student and outstanding online workshops. You may not be able to visit vet schools right now, but whatever you can prepare for, we’ll be working together on during this online semester.
  • Take your 4 courses and 1 internship or fellowship across any available sessions – Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer. If the experiences you want aren’t all available in one semester, you can combine experiences across two semesters. Contact us to learn about upcoming sessions that might not be published yet!

 Online Coursework

Our online courses are taught by experts in the field and include one-on-one mentorship and group discussions. Our instructors each have an enormous depth of veterinary experience working with domestic animals and wildlife. They are also passionate travelers and teachers – they’re excited to share their knowledge with you.

As a semester student, you can enroll in 4 of our 6 online courses:

  • Elephant Medicine and Management
  • Anatomy, Behavior, and Conservation of African Big Cats
  • Sea Turtle Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • South Africa Zoo Husbandry and Management
  • Marine Animal Anatomy, Behavior, and Conservation
  • Companion Animal Management

Each course is 6-8 weeks long and requires 6-12 hours time commitment per week, including live discussions, recorded lectures, and assignments.

Learn more about our online courses, course schedule, and awesome instructors.

Most students will take two courses in one session and two courses in the next session to pace themselves. But it’s up to you to choose your own schedule as long as the courses aren’t full yet!

These are 300-level and 400-level US university courses and are graded at that level. Academic transcripts are provided from our US university partner.

Online Fellowships and Internships

Our internships and research fellowships allow you to develop your clinical or research skills in partnership with outstanding organizations who are doing good around the world. As a semester student, your tuition includes one 3-6 week fellowship or internship.

  • Animal Rescue Internship: Shadow the Loop Abroad veterinary team as they visit and treat animals at stray cat and dog rescues around Chiang Mai, Thailand. Your tuition sponsors the time, medicine, and supplies and the vet team will be teaching you about every case they encounter from skin diseases to blood testing and spay-neuter surgeries. Internship sessions are 4 weeks (40 vet hours) or 6-8 weeks (80 vet hours). Learn more
  • Zoo Research Fellowship: Join the research team at the outstanding Lory Park Zoo in Johannesburg, South Africa and develop the real-world research skills needed to objectively measure and improve animal welfare in any captive situation. Fellowships are 3 weeks (50 research hours) or 6 weeks (100 research hours). Learn more
  • Belize Jaguar and Howler Monkey Research Fellowship: Use camera traps to track big cats and support monkey reintroduction to the Runaway Creek Nature Reserve in Belize’s tropical forest. Earn 100 research hours over 6 weeks. Learn More
  • Vets Around the World Internship: Visit Thailand, Costa Rica, Australia, South Africa, and Belize learning from expert veterinarians. Live demonstrations with elephants, big cats, koalas, toucans, sloths, crocodiles, raptors, horses, and more. Earn 60 vet hours in only 3 weeks! Learn More
  • Belize Raptor Internship: Learn from the leader in raptor conservation and rehabilitation in Belize. Support raptor rescue and learn avian medicine, diet, rehabilitation, enrichment and training. Get exotic animal clinical experience from a veterinarian on live video 3x per week. Internship is 3 weeks (60 exotic animal vet hours). Learn more
  • Belize Manatee and Crocodile Research Fellowship: Join the research team at the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC) documenting manatees and crocodiles in aerial photographs support the case for conserving the Placencia Lagoon in southern Belize. Conservation and research at its best. Fellowship is full-time and you will earn 100 research hours in 3 weeks. Learn more
  • Costa Rica Wildlife Rescue Internship: Learn from inside the clinic at the Toucan Rescue Ranch where they rescue, rehabilitate, and release over 170 different rainforest species. Expert veterinarians share their knowledge and clinical experience. Internship session is 4 weeks (40 vet hours). Learn more

Online Learning Community

Throughout the semester, you’ll have access to special workshops as part of our Online Learning Community designed especially for pre-vets trying to make their vet school application as competitive as possible.

How To Get into Vet School – A series of online workshops to help you develop your strategy and skills for your vet school application. The series covers how to decide which vet schools are a good fit, how to write your VMCAS essays, and how to approach your vet school interviews. Presenters include vet school admissions officers, pre-vet advisors, and admissions experts.

GRE Prep Course – A 6-hour course on how to study for and maximize your score on the GRE so you have the most opportunities by the time it’s application season.

Building a Career You Love – A series of online workshops on writing your resume, making a cover letter, preparing for job interviews, and exploring the wide world of veterinary and animal careers. Get personal feedback on your resume and cover letter. Practice your interview skills with experienced interviewers.

Guest Speakers share their stories, perspectives, and advice. Meet elephant vets, zoo vets, ER vets, and the passionate conservationists we partner with around the world.

Additional Learning Opportunities such as online conferences, courses in small animal CPR, suture workshops, and more will be incorporated throughout the semester to help you enhance your education and build a pre-veterinary learning community with your cohort.

Do you feel fully prepared to send in your vet school application? You will be after your Veterinary Semester Online.

*While virtual shadowing, research, and learning is generally considered “vet hours” for the purpose of a VMCAS application to veterinary school, each school has discretion to determine whether or not virtual hours count the same as in-person hours. You may want to check with your vet school in advance if this is important to you.


Academic courses, internships, and fellowships each have their own deadline. Check the individual webpages to make sure you sign in up in time to join the first day of each experience.

Enrollment is rolling – the semester will close as soon as it fills.

Each online course session has a maximum of 30 students.


Participants will be best prepared if they have completed at least a semester of college-level biology and have an understanding of basic scientific terms. No experience with veterinary medicine or the specific area of coursework (zoo medicine, big cats, elephants, etc) is required.

Courses are open to any participant who enrolls, from anywhere in the world. All courses are taught in English. 

You must have internet accessibility and a computer with webcam, microphone, and sound capabilities to participate in this semester experience.


Your tuition helps support our partners around the world from the Lory Park Zoo in South Africa to the Dog Rescue Clinic in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Since COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ travel and educational plans, we are heavily discounting tuition to help pre-veterinary students meet their goals.

For the 2021, the online semester is 41% off!

The Veterinary Semester is only $367 per credit hour – well below the national average of $488 per credit hour! Save nearly $500 compared to enrolling in each experience separately.

FellowshipFull Tuition2020-2021
4 courses (12 credits) + 60-100 hour internship or fellowship$10000$5895
4 courses (12 credits) + 40-50 hour internship or fellowship$9200$5295

There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this fellowship.

Financial aid may be available if you are currently enrolled in college. Contact us to learn more.

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. The next round of applications for the Gilman scholarship open in January 2021. The deadline will be in March. At that time, you can apply for scholarships to use on any program starting between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

Payment plans are available with 0% interest as long as the full tuition is paid before the semester begins. If you’re a Loop Abroad alum, you get a $100 discount on your semester tuition.

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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.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship:

The Gilman Scholarship could fund $5000 of your tuition and the next deadline is October 5 at 11:59pm 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 to 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 October 5 will cover in-person programs or internships that start between December 1, 2021 and October 31, 2022. Virtual programs will be eligible through Summer 2022. This cycle encompasses Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Academic Year 2022-2023 programs.

Loop Abroad Dr. Erica Ward Scholarship

Loop Abroad is offering one FULL TUITION scholarship to cover one online program of your choice starting January 2022 or later. Applications are due November 30, 2021.

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.


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.

The next round of applications for the Gilman scholarship open in January 2021. The deadline will be in March. At that time, you can apply for scholarships to use on any program starting between May 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.

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.

Get more details about this program…

"I'm so thankful that I did this fellowship. It was more than I thought I was getting into, but it was definitely worth all of it!"

Cassidy F., Zoo Research Fellowship Online 2020

The Ohio State University

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