Veterinary Semester Online - 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 12 credits of online veterinary courses and an 80+ 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 6 most popular online courses.
  • An 80+ hour online Research Fellowship or Internship. Earn research hours studying African wildlife on the savannah, develop your clinical mindset at the small animal rescue, or analyze big cat behavior at the zoo to improve animal welfare. 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.

 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 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

Learn more about each of our online courses and awesome instructors here.

Each course is 8 weeks long and requires 6-12 hours time commitment per week – that includes live discussions, recorded lectures, and assignments. Each course is offered twice per semester in each of the sessions below.

  • Session 1: August 24 to October 18
  • Session 2: October 19 to December 13

Most students will take two courses in Session 1 and two courses in Session 2, 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 6-week fellowship or internship.

  • 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. 100 research hours. Learn more
  • Wildlife Research Fellowship: Contribute to wildlife conservation at the Kuti Wildlife Reserve in Malawi by identifying zebra, sable, impala, waterbuck, warthog, bushpig, and other wildlife caught on aerial drone footage. Not only will your work help park management, but it will advance the new technologies in wildlife management around the world. 100 research hours. Learn more
  • 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. 80 vet hours. Learn more

Each fellowship and internship is offered on different dates throughout the Fall semester. Click “Learn more” to read about each experience in depth and choose which one is best for you.

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.


Application Deadline: Aug 22

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

Each online course session has a maximum of 20 students and each internship and fellowship has a maximum of 10-12 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.

We will also be offering an Early Enrollment Discount for Fall 2020 students who enroll by July 15.

FellowshipFull TuitionFall 2020 Early Bird Rate
12-credit Fall Semester + internship/fellowship$10000$5895

For the online coursework, the Veterinary Semester is only $375 per credit hour – well below the national average of $488 per credit hour! Plus save nearly $500 compared to enrolling in each experience separately.

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

Payment plans are available with 0% interest as long as the full tuition is paid before the semester begins. There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this fellowship.

If you’re a Loop Abroad alum, you get a $100 discount on your semester tuition.

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"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