Brazil Exchange Program

Universidad Federal do Parana in Curitiba, Brazil

The exchange partnership with Universidad Federal do Parana's College of Veterinary Medicine (UFP) was established in 2010 and has been going strong over these past five years. Since its establishment, this partnership has garnered an exchange of multiple faculty and students from UFP to Purdue and vice versa. There have been three faculty-led exchange programs in which first and second year Purdue Veterinary students spend four weeks of their summer in Brazil gaining a new perspective of veterinary medicine as well as an unforgettable cultural experience.

Description of the Course:
This three to four-week faculty-led program is focused on multiple aspects of veterinary medicine within Brazil. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a "hands- on" clinical rotation within the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital of the Federal University of Parana. Within this hospital, students will be exposed to multiple aspects of small animal, mixed animal, equine, exotic, and wildlife medicine under the guidance of the veterinarians. Students will also have the chance to participate in community outreach projects throughout the Curitiba community. Joined with faculty from the Federal University of Parana, Purdue students will gain small animal and equine experience through traveling with the Neuter Bus and assisting faculty in the Carthorse Project throughout small villages. They will also tour with Animal Services and the City Zoo of Curitiba.

After their experience within Curtiba, those students interested in Wildlife Rehabilitation will spend time at the Foz do Iguaçu at Itaipu, Brazil. Foz do Iguaçu is a wildlife reservation area that hosts a zoo and wildlife hospital, along with one of the world's biggest hydroelectric plants. During their time within this reservation, students will work with veterinarians within the hospital and learn of the wildlife throughout the reserve. Purdue students will be exposed to animals like giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, anacondas, and endangered jaguars and participate in different medical procedures and necropsies throughout the hospital under supervision.

Students interested in wildlife medicine will have an opportunity to work with veterinarians within the Curitiba Zoo and get hands-on experience with the wildlife within the zoo.

Schedule Breakdown:

  • Group 1 (3 students) - 2 weeks at the Federal University of Parana Hospital (May 30th - June 12th) and 2 weeks at the Curitiba's Zoo (June 12th- 25th)

  • Group 2 (3 students) - 2 weeks at the Federal University of Parana Hospital (May 30th - June 12th) and 2 weeks at Iguazu Falls Wildlife Rehab (June 12th- 25th)

  • Group 3 (3 students) - 2 week at Iguazu Falls Wildlife Rehab (May 30th- June 12th ) and 2 weeks at the Federal University Hospital (June 12th - June 25th)

  • Group 4 (4-6 students) - 3 week Small Animal, Equine, and Mixed Animal Block with Federal University of Parana (July 4th- 25th)

Where this course fits into the curriculum

Students in their first three years of the Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree have the opportunity to participate in a domestic internship, international externship, or international study abroad/volunteer experience throughout the summer. This exchange program will be an added opportunity for our students to engage internationally before entering into their 4th year. Students will be able to use this as an elective credit for their degree as well as use this experience to fulfill their requirements for the International Veterinary Medicine Certificate Program.

Faculty Members Responsible for activities

Dr. Alexander W. Biondo is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology at Purdue University. He is also an Associate Professor at the Universidad Federal Do Parana in Brazil and is very knowledgeable of the country and well connected in the veterinary field throughout the region. He has operated this program each time it has been ran and has received praise from all of the students to join him.

Estimated Costs

  • Accommodations for 3-4 weeks: $500
  • Airline Cost: $900- $1100
  • Food for 3-4 weeks: $350 (average meal is $2-$5)
  • Visa: $160
  • In-Country Transportation: $200
  • Fees (Study Abroad and Insurance): $350
  • Estimated Total: $2300- $2500
  • PVM Scholarship Estimates: $1000 - $1500

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