Wild-Spring-Break in Belize

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University of Florida Vet school WildSpringBreak 2013

University of Florida Vet school WildSpringBreak 2013

Spend a Wild-Spring-Break in Belize with BWRC! Contact educational program manager Justin Ford at jford@wildlife-institute.com for more details.

Program Description

The Wild-Spring-Break program is an intensive program which focuses on key topics in wildlife medicine. This program also introduces wildlife rescue and rehabilitation; and wildlife conservation strategies. This program is held at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic’s (BWRC) teaching facility with BWRC’s founder and wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand. IMG_2622Students are introduced to the role and function of wildlife medicine through theory and hands-on experience. Students also have the opportunity to observe, and when possible participate with the BWRC veterinary staff during their daily operations. Students are likewise introduced to critical conservation issues in the region, focusing on strategies to mitigate human-wildlife conflict.

Xunantunich Archeological site

Xunantunich Archeological site

Students visit wildlife and conservation organizations around Belize; and guest speakers enrich the course content with perspectives drawn from the front lines of wildlife medicine and conservation. In between visiting field sites and classroom sessions, students enjoy recreational activities and are introduced to Belizean culture.

Learning Objectives

This program improves student’s knowledge and abilities in the following areas:

o   Wildlife medical and conservation issues and approaches;

o   Emergency medicine and triage protocol

o   Basic medical examination of wild animals;

o   Comparative wildlife anatomy, osteology, and radiography;

o   Basic anatomy and physiology of large cats, monkeys, iguanas, snakes, and birds of Belize;

o   Basic suturing;

o   Basic immobilization and restraint;

o   Classes, needs and risks for restraint of wild animals;

o   Zoonotic Diseases;

o   Spay & neuter surgery assistance;

o   Necropsy;

o   Avian wing wraps and IM bone pins;

o   Understanding the role and key challenges and opportunities for veterinarians in wildlife medicine and conservation;

o   Purpose and role of zoos in animal conservation;

o   Challenges of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation;

o   International and local regulatory and practical applications associated with wildlife conservation;

o   Discuss the role of community based conservation organizations, NGOs and governmental entities in conservation;

o   Critical conservation issues in the tropics, and specific examples of their challenges.


Before you apply

Before you apply, feel free to contact us for more information about the Wils-Spring-Break in Belize and the Wildlife Medicine and Conservation program. BWRC offers other programs and internship opportunities which may be of interest to you. Should you decide to apply, return this application form and supporting documents to BWRC’s internship & program manager jford@wildlife-institute.com as early as possible to secure your placement. Limited placements are available.

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