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Veterinary Medicine, in partnership with Loop Abroad
Experience Your Future in Veterinary Medicine

Enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience while training with a teaching veterinarian at the Texas Zoo campus. Over seven amazing days at Veterinary Medicine, in partnership with Loop Abroad, you and fellow high school students will gain valuable skills, work with a variety of exotic and large animals, and discover both the careers available in veterinary medicine and how to pursue them.

Interactive Medical Site Visits
Veterinary Medicine Program

About Veterinary Medicine,
in partnership with Loop Abroad 

Are you passionate about animals, wildlife, and conservation and considering a career in veterinary medicine?

If so, Veterinary Medicine, in partnership with Loop Abroad, is the perfect place to start. During this seven-day Envision program, you will build practical skills through a combination of field lectures, hands-on labs, zoo work, veterinary shadowing, training modules, and internship-style practice. You will even get a certificate for 40 volunteer hours, recognizing your contribution to the Texas Zoo’s nonprofit mission of connecting people with wildlife from Texas and the rest of the world and advancing conservation through education, recreation, science, and action.

Most importantly, you will leave the program with an introductory understanding of comparative anatomy; experience in husbandry, animal welfare, and zoo management; practice in ethograms, recording behavioral data, and enrichment design; and a better understanding of the careers available in veterinary medicine and how to pursue them.

About Loop Abroad

Loop Abroad is the leading pre-veterinary travel program in the nation, with thousands of alumni at university and vet school campuses all over the US. Their field courses are designed to help students understand veterinary careers from a diverse array of perspectives. With a team of expert wildlife and zoo vets from around the world, Loop Abroad helps empower students to pursue the animal science careers of their dreams.

Optional Online Program

In addition to the in-person program, we also offer four asynchronous courses that allow you to continue your exploration of veterinary medicine on your own schedule. Choose from Elephant Medicine and Management, Companion Animal Management, Spanish for Veterinarians, and Prosthetic Design: Biomedical Engineering in Vet & Human Medicine. Sign up for one or all four.


2022 Dates & Tuition

Victoria, TX University of Houston - Victoria June 19 – 25 | June 26 – July 2 | July 10 – 16 | July 17 – 23 | July 24 – 30 | July 31 – August 6 $3,995

Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

Please note: We are currently evaluating all aspects of the program and may make changes to the curriculum, site visits or program location to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.

Program Highlights

Small Group Training
Attendees are assigned to groups of ten or less, each of which has its own dedicated teaching veterinarian, allowing you to ask questions and receive personalized training.
Hands-On Experience
Enjoy labs and field classes covering topics like large animal physical exams, veterinary suture, avian anatomy and physiology, reptile handling and restraint, and more.
Texas Zoo
Spend five of your seven days at this zoo, which is home to over 80 species of animals, many of whom are rescue animals that cannot be returned to the wild.
Earn “Vet Hours”
Receive 40 volunteer service hours, which not only acknowledge your experience at the program but can also be applied toward the vet hours you will need to get into veterinary school.


Tuition Tuition for Veterinary Medicine covers most of the expenses incurred during the program. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE



Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and other factors. LEARN MORE



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Payment Plan

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options. 

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2021-2022 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.


  • Who is Veterinary Medicine for?

    This summer program is for you if you are a high school student interested in exploring the various career options available to you in veterinary medicine and health care. This program is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in college and in a future career. To attend Veterinary Medicine, you must be in grades 9-12 during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for Veterinary Medicine includes housing, on-site meals, supervisory personnel, program materials, all program activities, site visits, a Certificate of Completion, and local transportation during the program.

    However, your transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for souvenirs, snacks, and other incidentals.

  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including teaching veterinary faculty who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, support staff, and an on-site director.

    For over 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival, and providing shuttle service directly to the program site as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day*
    • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 10 to 1
    • Providing single-sex rooms and, when available, single-sex floors
    • Requiring all students to attend all activities
    • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms
    • Having night monitors in place to support students who may become ill or who have an emergency during the night
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices

    * There is an $80 nonrefundable round-trip fee for shuttle service or a $40 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2022 Veterinary Medicine program, all students are housed on the campus of the University of Houston – Victoria in Victoria, TX.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two students, and you will have your own bed.

  • Can my parents attend the program?

    No. Your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

  • I am a student requiring specific accommodations. Can I still attend?

    Yes, we encourage you to enroll. Envision by WorldStrides believes in working with families to accommodate student needs and encourages the participation of students who feel prepared to meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional demands of the program environment. We may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary staff and services to assist students as needed if notified in advance. We encourage families, guardians, legal representatives, or educators to contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to discuss particular accommodations before applying for enrollment in the program.

  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • What are the pre-program assignments?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete the PAIRIN scholar survey.

    Envision has partnered with PAIRIN to help students understand their strengths, develop soft skills, measure soft skill growth and explore different career paths. PAIRIN utilizes a simple process to create lasting impact: measure 102 soft skills through a survey, map the soft skills attributes to the relevant context (career readiness or a specific career path), and then develop soft skills through curriculum and coaching tips. Students should complete PAIRIN prior to arrival at the program and bring their Readiness Report with them.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.