Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation

CFAN 3510


May 19 - June 10, 2018

Application Deadline:
February 1, 2018
Please note there is limited space available on this program, and we encourage you to apply now.

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Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation


Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic
Discover the rich diversity of Belize while working in collaboration with the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic. Students will be introduced to the major ecosystems in Belize, the plant and animal organisms inhabiting these areas, and the strategies employed by biologists and environmental resource managers. Students will learn from and with the staff through hands on labs and excursions. During this section of the program labs will include everything from spay and neuter to a VIP behind the scenes tour of the Belize Zoo. Students will also visit an Iguana Project and Baboon Sanctuary. There will also be a trip to Guatemala to visit ARCAS Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. From bird examination, including Scarlet Macaw health checks, to baboon rehabilitation, to crocodile capture and medicine, students will experience all parts of wildlife medicine and conservation in central Belize.

Glover Reef Atoll
For the second segment of the program, students will travel to Glover's Reef Atoll just off the coast of Belize. The atoll is known for its abundance of marine life and crystal-clear water, where whale sharks may be seen. Students will have the opportunity to get their PADI certification, so novice divers are welcome! While here, students will experience the incredible marine life up close, while attending daily lectures on marine animal zoology and physiology.

Check out the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic Facebook page! 


CFAN 3510 - 3 credits

This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during spring semester prior to departure. Students must both register for this course, and complete the study abroad application. 

*Fulfills Global Perspectives and Environment Liberal Education Theme Requirements.

*For more detailed information, see the program syllabus (.pdf).

Class Schedule:

March 23– May 4, 2018

Fridays, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

365 Haecker Hall


Students interested in animal science, wildlife conservation, and sustainability.


First Step Sessions give basic information about programs, services, and resources available through the Learning Abroad Center. You do not have to reserve your spot, just show up to 230 Heller Hall, West Bank. You can also complete the First Step Session online

Please note: Because we cover so much information in a short period of time, if you are more than 5 minutes late you will have to attend a different First Step Session.




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Melissa Palmer is an assistant professor of Animal Physiology in the department of Animal Science. She teaches Human and Animal Physiology with corresponding laboratory component, Biotechnology, People and the Environment and Orientation to Animal Science.


Annabella Lockhart - Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation - University of Minnesota - CFANS Study Abroad

Annabella Lockhart

Term: Summer 2016 - 2017

Program: Belize: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation

Hi! My name is Annabella Lockhart and I am an incoming sophomore studying animal sciences. This May I participated in the study abroad program; Belize: Wildlife Medicine & Conservation. Overall, I had a fantastic experience studying abroad in Belize. Academically, I learned a great deal from experienced wildlife veterinarians and conservationists who were kind enough to allow students to oversee and even participate in their work. I was able to work hands-on with animals which is extremely valuable to me as I hope to become a veterinarian someday. The interactions I had with individuals who work in various areas from crocodile conservation to wildlife rehabilitation helped show me the wide variety of careers available for me to pursue.

Click here to read Annabella's complete story in Belize.

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