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Veterinary Medicine
Experience Your Future in Veterinary Medicine

Enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience as you train with teaching veterinarians at the Texas Zoo or at Rescue Center Costa Rica. Over the course of your Veterinary Medicine program, you and your fellow high school students will gain valuable skills, work with a variety of animals, and discover how to pursue the different career paths available in veterinary medicine.

Locations

Texas Zoo Campus
Veterinary Medicine Program

About Veterinary Medicine at the University of Houston – Victoria

If you’re passionate about animals, wildlife conservation, and considering a career in veterinary medicine, this program is for you. During this week-long program, you’ll build a professional set of practical skills through a combination of lectures, hands-on lab and zoo work, veterinary shadowing, training modules, and internship-style practice. You and your fellow students will receive hands-on practice in comparative anatomy, animal welfare, zoo management, recording behavioral data, and much more.

At the end of the week, you’ll receive a certificate for up to 40 volunteer veterinary hours, recognizing your contribution to the Texas Zoo’s mission of connecting people with wildlife and advancing conservation through education, recreation, science, and action.

Program Highlights

Small Group Training
Work alongside your teaching veterinarian in the lab, practicing everything from parasitology diagnostics to radiograph interpretation, and shadow a veterinarian as they perform animal exams and diagnose or treat various medical conditions. With a maximum student-to-vet ratio of 10:1, you’ll have countless opportunities to ask questions.
Hands-On Experience
Enjoy labs and field classes covering large animal physical exams, veterinary suture, avian anatomy and physiology, reptile handling and restraint, and more.
Explore Texas Zoo
Spend five of the 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 up to 40 volunteer veterinary hours, which not only acknowledge your experience at the program but can be applied toward the vet hours you’ll need to get into veterinary school.
Rescue Center Costa Rica
Veterinary Medicine Program

About Veterinary Medicine in Costa Rica

If you’re passionate about wildlife conservation, like to travel, and considering a career in veterinary medicine, this program is for you. During this six-day program, you will explore the world of veterinary medicine at a wildlife rescue center and hospital that cares for animals that have been victims of wildlife trafficking or who otherwise need care. In addition to learning about the animals of Costa Rica and their conservation and care in the veterinary clinic, you’ll also get a chance to spend a day exploring the famous Manuel Antonio National Park.

At the end of your program, you’ll receive a certificate for up to 40 volunteer veterinary hours, recognizing your contribution to conservation through education, recreation, science, and action.

Program Highlights

Experience the Costa Rican rainforest
Care for sloths, kinkajous, monkeys, parrots and other native Costa Rican animals as you and your fellow participants live and work in the rainforest.
Hands-On Experience
At Rescue Center Costa Rica, you’ll work alongside your teaching veterinarian in the lab, performing everything from blood pathology to necropsies, and complete rotations in the on-site veterinary hospital. With a maximum student-to-veterinary ratio of 10:1, you will have countless opportunities to have all of your questions answered.
Explore Manuel Antonio National Park
Spend a day exploring one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. With over 100 different species of mammals native to the park, the diversity of wildlife you will discover here is unparalleled.
Discover the Beauty of San Jose
Spend an additional four days in the beautiful capital of Costa Rica with the optional San Jose City Adventure extension program. Enjoy Costa Rican culture firsthand through food, music, art, and history.

About Loop Abroad, Our Partner in Veterinary Medicine

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.

2023 Dates & Tuition

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CITY LOCATION DATES TUITION
Victoria, Texas Texas Zoo: University of Houston June 11 – 17 | June 18 – 24 | June 25 – July 1 | July 9 – 15 $4,195 - $4,395
Guácima, Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center & Hospital June 10 – 17 $4,895 - $5,095

For the Texas Zoo program, tuition includes accommodations, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff. Tuition does NOT include transportation to and from the program. Learn More

For the Costa Rica program, tuition includes accommodations—including one night in a Houston area hotel before the chaperoned flight to San Juan on June 11th, a round-trip group flight from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), transportation to and from the airport, site visits & transportation during the 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.

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.

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Tuition

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


Scholarships

Scholarships

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

Fundraising

Fundraising

Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your personal success story. LEARN MORE


Payment Plan

Payment Plan

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


VET FAQs

  • Who is the Veterinary Medicine program for?

    This summer program is for high school students interested in exploring the various career options available in veterinary medicine and health care. To attend Veterinary Medicine: High School, you must be in grades 9-12 during the 2022-2023 school year.

  • What is included in tuition?

    For the Texas Zoo program, tuition includes accommodations, all staff including on-site professional teaching veterinarians, on-site meals, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and a Certificate of Completion. Tuition does NOT include transportation to and from the program.

    While attending the program, you will only need money for souvenirs, snacks, and other incidentals.

    For the Rescue Center Costa Rica program, tuition includes accommodations—including one night in a Houston area hotel before the chaperoned flight to Costa Rica, all staff including on-site professional teaching veterinarians, a round-trip group flight from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), on-site meals, site visits & transportation during the program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

    Transportation from your local airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) for the included group flight is not included in your tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for souvenirs, snacks, and other incidentals.

    * For the Texas Zoo program, there is a $100 round-trip fee for shuttle service or a $50 fee for one-way shuttle service. For the Rescue Center Costa Rica program, transfers to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose are included in tuition.

  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety during the program is our highest priority. You will reside in a safe, controlled environment and you will be 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 successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other safety measures include:

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

    At our Veterinary Medicine: Texas Zoo program, all students are housed on campus in University of Houston – Victoria campus housing.

    At our Veterinary Medicine: Costa Rica program, all students are housed on-site at the Rescue Center Costa Rica.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house 2-4 students, and you will have your own bed.

  • Can family members come to the program?

    Parents and family members are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining independence 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 if they wish.

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

    Envision by WorldStrides encourages the participation of all students who are academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for the program, including students with special accommodation requests. Parents, guardians, legal representatives, or educators are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions, as we may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services to assist students with needed accommodations. To be able to best assist with specific accommodation requests, it is strongly recommended that families discuss specific requests with the Office of Admissions prior to enrollment.

  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • What are the pre-program assignments? Do I have to do them?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. As part of your program, you’ll have access to WorldStrides’ newest digital platform: MyActionPath.

    WorldStrides has partnered with PAIRIN, a leader in career and life planning and assessment, to help our students along their lifetime learning journeys. The result of this partnership is MyActionPath—a personalized, virtual GPS that guides you along your desired career pathway and helps you identify ways to enhance your skills and achieve your goals. MyActionPath can assist you in deciding which professional field might suit you best, makes recommendations based on your goals and dreams, and provides you with educational and supportive resources. Before you arrive to your program location, you’ll receive more information via email on how to begin this exciting career-planning journey.

    MyActionPath
  • 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 your program. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests. We encourage you to contact the Office of Admissions for any specific questions or concerns.

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