These are some of the great experiences students and interns had with the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, the Wildlife Institute and our partners who work on the front lines of wildlife conservation in Belize and the region.
"unusual vet experiences and social interactions with very interesting people"
I am Claire, a French vet student that came to the Belize Wildlife Clinic last summer in order to improve my knowledge about wildlife care. I have been there with a friend without knowing what we would do exactly because I like being surprised and, indeed, I was not disappointed at all. It was not only a great experience but it brought me a vision of what I would like to do in the future as a vet. We learned about birds and reptiles, animals that we do not study in class, and it was very interesting. We visited several conservation programs that are keeping the Belizean wildlife alive. We also had the opportunity to go to Guatemala and we learned there about the rehabilitation of howler and spider monkeys. Moreover, we had some free days organised so that we could discover the wonders of the region and we visited the Mayan temples of Tikal in Guatemala and went snorkeling in the Cayes of Belize. It would take me many days if I described everything that we did and my feelings about it so I will go straight to the point : It was a wonderful experience that combines visits of a beautiful country, unusual vet experiences and social interactions with very interesting people.
University of Alfort College of Veterinary Medicine, 2016
"My experience was one of the main reasons I am now in veterinary school"
The Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic (BWRC) was one of my first international veterinary experiences as an undergraduate student. Dr. Isabelle, Justin and everyone that worked at the clinic during my time there were truly inspirational. I was able to learn about veterinary medicine in domestic and wildlife animals while experiencing a different culture than my own. The BWRC opened my eyes to the human, animal and environmental interface, known as One Health, in a developing country. My experience was one of the main reasons I am now in veterinary school and have a passion for One Health and international travel. I am extremely grateful for the BWRC and the knowledge it gave me to pursue my own dream. I look forward to working with Dr. Isabelle and the clinic in my future.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, 2018