Costa Rica: Wildlife Management & Conservation

This 2-week Costa Rica Wildlife Medicine program will give students a hands-on opportunity to work with Central American Wildlife at a rescue center that rehabilitates wildlife and cares for unreleasable animals. Some of the species that students will work with may include, sloths, coatis, kinkajous, armadillos, capuchin monkeys, macaws, owls, turtles and lizards. Students will shadow veterinarians in the wildlife hospital on site, perform physical exams and other preventative medicine, work on goal oriented enrichment projects, help with volunteer tasks including preparing and delivering meals and cleaning enclosures. Loop Abroad veterinarians will deliver veterinary and conservation lectures and lead several veterinary labs and workshops. Students will gain insight into the challenges of a busy wildlife rehabilitation facility and be inspired by the role veterinarians can play in conservation and animal welfare of wildlife species.

There is an opportunity to apply to add an optional extra week on to your experiece. In order to apply for the optional Dolphin week, please apply through this application.



Program Dates: May 12 – 26, 2024

Course:  ANS 395: Wildlife Management and Conservation in Costa Rica (3 credits)


  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions through February 7, 2024
  • Scholarships Application Deadline: Apply by November 15, 2023


Dr. Shweta Trivedi,

Dr. Kimberly Ange-van Heugten,