Wildlife Medicine in Belize and Guatemala

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Join the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine for an eight-day continuing education course (approx. 30 hours of continuing education) in Belize and Guatemala with the Belize Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic/Wildlife Institute, focusing on multiple aspects of wildlife medicine and rehabilitation. This course will expand veterinary professionals’ knowledge on best practices for wildlife medicine, conservation, and rescue techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences with a variety of wildlife species throughout Latin America and learn from some of the top wildlife veterinary and conservation professionals in the region.

The Wildlife Medicine in Belize and Guatemala course is a unique educational and cultural opportunity offered through the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Global Engagement and Office of Lifelong Learning in celebration of Purdue’s 150th anniversary and the college’s 60th anniversary.

The program will be offered April 7 - 14, 2019 and will cost $1,850 per person (shared accommodations) or $2,250 per person (private accommodations) for veterinary professionals. Apply now to reserve your spot.

Reservations will be on a first come-first served basis until the program is at capacity. Applications are due by December 1st. A $500 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the program, and the remaining balance will be due in full by January 1, 2019. Once the course has reached the enrollment limit a waiting list will be maintained. Although fees are generally non-refundable after January 1, a refund may be issued, if a replacement from the waiting list is available to take your spot. The trip will be cancelled if there are less than 10 enrollees.

Please note: This is an active, hands-on program for veterinary professionals with substantial walking each day during the trip. Participants must be able to function independently during free time.

The following are included in the registration fee: airport pick-up and transfer, all accommodations throughout program (shared occupancy, private room at additional cost), all lectures/equipment/lab costs, basic international health insurance*, some meals (breakfast daily, 7 lunches, and 2 dinners), excursion to Yax-Ha Maya Ruins, transportation to/from Flores, and the program at ARCAS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

The following are NOT included in the registration fee: airfare, personal items, passport fees, laundry service, alcoholic beverages, some meals (most dinners and some lunches), trip cancellation insurance, additional “add-on” excursions, and other incidental expenses.

*An additional two-day trip to Caye Caulker can be added on to the end of the trip (April 14-16, 2019) for $295/person (includes ground transportation to the water taxi in Belize City, round trip water taxi, 2 nights hotel, half-day reef/snorkel excursion with gear). Other excursions may be available, but are outside of what the planned itinerary.

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Accomodations

Hotel

Belize: Hode's Place

Hode's Place is a beautiful Hotel nestled on a 6 acre lot in the Town of San Ignacio. Since they are located in the Town of San Ignacio, they are surrounded by exciting adventures and jungle tours and within walking distance from ice cream shops, downtown farmer's market and shopping area, restaurants, and the only casino in the area. Moreover the outdoor dining experience very often includes the visit of resident birds, that come to feed on nearby trees. They offer a safe and tranquil atmosphere, which allows you to take leisurely walks and have picnics in our clean and well-kept back yard. Their dedicated staff ensures that your visit to Belize is a memorable one.

Hotel Website
Hotel

Guatemala: Hotel Peten

For one night, participants will stay in Hotel Peten in Flores, Guatemala. Located on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá within the Isla de Flores, Hotel Peten is wrapped in a homey and quiet atmosphere. It has 20 rooms with a private balconies and view of Lake Petén Itzá.

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Included

  • Airport pick-up and transfer
  • Hotel accommodations throughout program (shared occupancy, private room at additional cost)
  • Lectures/equipment/lab costs
  • Basic international health insurance*
  • Some meals (breakfast daily, 7 lunches, and 2 dinners)
  • Excursion to Yax-Ha Maya Ruins
  • ARCAS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center 1-day program
  • Transportation to/from Flores, Guatemala for ARCAS program

*Please review plan to determine coverage needs.

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Personal items
  • Passport fees
  • Laundry service
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Some meals (most dinners and some lunches)
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Additional “add-on” excursions, and other incidental expenses

Refund Policy

Once the course has reached the enrollment limit, a waiting list will be maintained. Although fees are generally non-refundable after January 1st, a refund may be issued, if a replacement from the waiting list is available to take your spot.

Program Itinerary

Sunday, April 7th - Airport arrival in Belize City and transfer to Belize Zoo for a comprehensive guided tour of the Belize Zoo (lunch included). Welcome dinner with orientation to San Ignacio and prepare for the next day’s activities.

Monday, April 8th – Introduction to wildlife medicine and conservation/wildlife rescue and rehabilitation with example cases at BWRC. Includes lunch with wildlife viewing and birding opportunities. Afternoon distance immobilization, capture, and restraint lecture and lab.

Tuesday, April 9th – Wildlife osteology lab and x-ray diagnostic case examples. Includes lunch with wildlife viewing and birding opportunities. Afternoon session on wildlife parasitology.

Wednesday, April 10th – Wildlife necropsy lab, lunch, and reptile medicine lecture/lab.

Thursday, April 11th – Reptile medicine and conservation at Green Iguana Project (lunch included). Includes reptile handling, restraint, bathing, blood draws, and fecals. Afternoon avian medicine and conservation lecture with lab covering handling and restraint, blood draws, and wing wrap.

Friday, April 12th – Transfer to ARCAS Guatemala and lecture/labs on wildlife medicine at ARCAS (lunch included). Dinner and overnight in Flores, Guatemala. 

Saturday, April 13th – Morning free time with afternoon visit to Yax-Ha Maya Ruin and National Forest (lunch included). Evening transfer back to Belize.

Sunday, April 14th – Airport transfer to Belize City for departure or extended two day excursion to Caye Caulker beach.

View Full Itinerary (PDF)

Have Questions? Contact Us

For Location and Trip Information

Director of Global Engagement
William Smith II
wsmithi@purdue.edu
765-494-5780

For Continuing Education

Director of Lifelong Learning
Andrea Brown
PVMLifelongLearning@purdue.edu
765-494-0611
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