Purdue SCAVMA President on the Road in Ecuador

July 15, 2016

Kimberly Lutz of the DVM Class of 2018 in Quito Ecuador

Kimberly Lutz of the DVM Class of 2018 in Quito, Ecuador.

If you would like a birds-eye view of the life of a veterinary student on an internship abroad, check out the blog being maintained by Purdue SCAVMA President Kimberly Lutz, of the DVM Class of 2018.  She is spending the month in Quito, Ecuador, as an intern at a veterinary hospital there.  Kimberly has been following through on her plan to blog as frequently as she can, with intermittent internet access, to share her stories and to create a resource for those considering the same program in the future.

“This trip is more than just studying veterinary medicine for me - it’s the opportunity to explore a land and culture,” Kimberly wrote.  “I knew I wanted to spend my last summer vacation abroad and I preferably wanted to spend it in a Spanish-speaking country to continue to further my language abilities.”  Kimberly arranged for the learning experience in Ecuador through the PVM International Programs office and ELI (Experiential Learning International) Abroad, a non-profit organization that creates volunteer and internship opportunities.

One of the features about Quito that Kimberly noticed early on is that it sits at an altitude of more than 9,000 feet (2800 meters).  She was advised that it takes about three days for volunteers to adjust to the change in altitude (Kimberly departed from Atlanta which is at an elevation of about 1,600 feet).

Kimberly’s most recent post is about a patient named Oso, a three- to four-month-old mixed-breed puppy that had a fractured jaw, possibly from being hit by a car).  Click here to read more about Kimberly’s learning experience in Ecuador.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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