STUDYING VETERINARY MEDICINE ABROAD
If you plan on studying veterinary medicine you’re obviously an animal lover and the outdoors, which means study abroad may be made for you. Pre-vet students can major in anything, but typically they choose a natural science, such as Biology or Zoology. These are exciting subjects to study abroad, but if they don’t work out there are still plenty of electives you can take abroad too. Either way, be sure your path to vet school includes studying veterinary science abroad, because it will give you the chance to see the animals you love in their native habitats!
South Africa is one of the top places to study abroad in general, but its environment and natural resources make it even more attractive to animal and nature lovers. With over two dozen wildlife reserves and game parks, many universities are actually located near protected areas. Students who study veterinary science in South Africa get to see lions, giraffes, zebras, and elephant roaming through their native habitats and witness their true behaviors.
Costa Rica has a few tricks up its beautiful green sleeve even though it is one of the most visited locations on Earth. Over 25 percent of Costa Rica is protected land and they put a great value on being home to an immense amount of biodiversity. Costa Rica also has an incredible higher education system–the best in Central America. Costa Rica places such a value on its environment that it has made a vow to sustainability.
Australia is a vast and wild adventure that includes the Great Barrier Reef, pristine beaches, kangaroos, wallabies, and more. While there are plenty of cute and cuddly animals, Australia is also home to some of the most fascinating and perhaps dangerous creatures on Earth, making for an excellent place to study veterinary science or take part in any animal research.
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW
What does the veterinary medicine study abroad experience look like? Why should you take your passion overseas? Well… this information may help.
Popular courses. Biology & Marine Biology are ideal courses to take while studying abroad. Conservation & Wildlife programs are also an especially great ways to get hands-on experience with various animals while studying abroad. Humanities & Social Sciences are typically part of your general education courses, but are also required for applying for veterinary school.
What makes your studies abroad more (or equally) as valuable as in your home country. These are some courses that let you dive into the culture and really learn about the place you decide to study abroad. Beyond the classroom, you will be living within a new culture which means that every day you will be gaining international experience and expanding your global perspective.
Professional benefits you can gain. Not only will you learn immense amounts about veterinary medicine, you will also learn cultural competence and how to work within a multicultural environment. This is incredibly invaluable in the increasingly global world we live in.
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Science Course Schedules. Studying science abroad can sometimes mean being on a strict academic schedule. Most courses need to be taken in a specific order, some are only offered a certain semester, etc. This can make choosing your courses abroad a little more challenging, but just be sure to work closely with your academic advisor and program provider.
Professional Experience. A career in veterinary medicine offers many opportunities to work in environments all over the world either helping or learning about animals. If intensive field work, research, or work with a certain species is appealing to you, study abroad is how to start.
Acceptance to veterinary school is becoming more and more competitive, with only about 40 percent of applicants being accepted, so hands-on experience is becoming more important. It not only makes you stand out on an application, but can also help you know that veterinary medicine is definitely the career path you want to follow. There are many different specialties in veterinary medicine too, so international experience can help you decide which area you would like to specialize in.
Many veterinary study abroad programs allow students to work alongside experienced veterinarians and with unique animal populations. Studying veterinary medicine abroad will allow students to learn more about the day-to-activities of their future profession as well as take interesting courses in some of the most diverse areas of the world. So take the chance and say yes to veterinary medicine programs abroad!