Belize: From Rainforest to Reef: Wildlife Medicine and Conservation

Las Cuevas RainforestCFAN 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 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.

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CFAN 3510 - 3 credits

*Fulfills the Global Perspectives and Environment liberal education requirements.

*For more detailed information, see the tentative program syllabus


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




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.