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International Veterinary Opportunities in South America and Central America - SAVMA IVSA

 International Opportunities for Veterinary Students

SAVMA Chapter of the International Veterinary Student Association

Asia | Africa | Australia | Europe | Central/South America | North America | Worldwide

South/Central America

Contact the IVSA Global regional representative: americasativsa [dot] org (americas[at]ivsa[dot]org), if you are a student interested in exchanges in this region. For more specific contact information for a IVSA Member Organization in an area or region, please visit:

Veterinary student exchange opportunities are currently available in the following countries:

If you know of additional opportunities, please savmaieoatgmail [dot] com (contact us) to let us know the details.

Christian Veterinary Mission
Christian Veterinary Mission exists to share the love of Christ through veterinary medicine. Working in communities worldwide, CVM equips and encourages veterinary professionals and students to build relationships with others through the use of their veterinary knowledge and skills so that lives are transformed.

Externships, Apprenticeships/Preceptorships, and short term missions are available.

Countries include Tanzania, Mongolia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and others.

For more information:

World Vets
World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad. Our work spans 12 countries and 5 continents and addresses not only veterinary issues, but also human health issues impacted by zoonotic diseases in developing countries. World Vets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Volunteer positions are available for veterinarians, technicians, students and assistants with no prior veterinary experience.

For more information, please visit the website.


Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care in Argentina
Work alongside a qualified vet in a clinic for two days a week, assisting with various medical procedures and animal care. Spend the remaining three days a week working at a dogs’ shelter.

Contact: 1-888-839-3535 or email: infoatprojects-abroad [dot] org (info[at]projects-abroad[dot]org)

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Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic
BWRC internships and educational programs focus on Wildlife Medicine and are geared towards veterinary students and veterinarians. BWRC’s programs also include rescue, rehabilitation, emergency medicine, and elements of conservation. BWRC also provides small animal services to the community; which comprises more than half of intakes. Interns will also assist the small animal vet from time to time as needed. Interns are typically pre-vet, veterinary students, or graduated vets seeking clinical experience. Veterinary students may conduct their clinical rotations with BWRC. BWRC’s internships start at a two weeks and may be extended for up to a year. BWRC offers three distinctive internship experiences.


For internship or educational program information, contact BWRC co-founder Justin Ford: jfordatwildlife-institute [dot] com (jford[at]wildlife-institute[dot]com)

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Belize Zoo Internship
Main goal of the internship program: To offer interns first hand experience working with ongoing programs within The Belize Zoo and TEC in the Animal Management Department and the Education Department.

Contact the Internship Coordinator at educationatbelizezoo [dot] org (education[at]belizezoo[dot]org)

For more details on specific objectives, visit website at:​


Proyecto Titi
Proyecto Tití is a multi-disciplinary on-site conservation program that combines field research, education initiatives and community programs to make the conservation of natural resources economically feasible for local communities in Colombia. The program is designed to provide useful information to assist in the long-term preservation of the cotton-top tamarin and to develop local community advocates to promote conservation efforts in Colombia.

In the U.S. – Proyecto Tití, Inc. Contact: Anne Savage, Executive Director, at: proyectotitiataol [dot] com (proyectotiti[at]aol[dot]com)

For more information:

Costa Rica

The Ara Project/Ara Manzanillo
Do you love working with parrots? If so, we need your help! Join us for a rewarding experience working with large macaws in Costa Rica.

At the Ara Project’s breeding and release center you will see wildlife, visit a beautiful country and learn about a different culture, and meet new people. Best of all, you will make a difference in the lives of endangered macaws"

For more information:

UGA Costa Rica Trips 
Opportunities to study/work in Costa Rica throughout the year, including a One Health specific summer trip opportunity ( Open to all students--non-UGA students must first apply to be a UGA Transient Student.

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Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua

Vida Veterinary Program/ Advanced Veterinary Program
Vida currently helps control animal overpopulation in communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

We offer two distinct Veterinary Programs: pre-vet and advanced vet. The Pre-vet Program is for those students without any previous surgical training and the Advanced Vet Program is designed for upper level veterinary students and recent graduates.

This is a high quality educational program for those who wish to gain clinical and practical experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine. The Vida program focuses mainly on the sterilization of felines and canines in field clinics; however, participants will also gain experience working with large animals. Volunteers who participate in our program will have an interactive experience that is unique to Vida.

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Darwin Animal Doctors
Darwin Animal Doctors has brought veterinary care to islands where there were no vets – but there were plenty of animals in need of care. Our clinics are groundbreaking – we’re providing free, top notch veterinary care to the animals who need it most, 365 days a year.

We help domestic animals and wildlife. One of the primary services we provide is free spaying and neutering. This minimizes domestic animal and wildlife interactions, which can spread invasive diseases between them.

We protect the biodiversity of these exquisite islands that have animals found nowhere else on the planet

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CARES Project Panama
Veterinary Medicine has emerged as a key conservation discipline helping to combat the decline of species and habitat worldwide. In this program, you will gain a profound perspective into delicate tropical ecosystems, and the conservation challenges we face in biodiverse, less-developed settings. Different than a volunteer program, CARES is centered on your personal and professional development, and the development of leadership skills and creativity required in any area of veterinary medicine.

More information and application: