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Guatemala Veterinary Program

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Guatemala Veterinary Program

Gain hands-on veterinary experience and assist in the rehabilitation of some of world's most incredible wildlife, whilst discovering the beauty of Guatemala!

Prices from $2,745

As one of Central America’s most diverse countries, Guatemala offers landscapes and experiences which have long captivated its visitors. Overflowing with incredible natural, historical and cultural appeal, with its lush jungles and wildlife makes Guatemala one of the most exciting countries in the region for wildlife conservation enthusiasts! 

Work alongside veterinary professionals at an incredible animal rescue and rehabilitation centre and contribute to the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of the populations of some of Guatemala’s most precious and rare animal inhabitants. The work carried out by the centre is vital to protecting the country’s wildlife, which have fallen victim to habitat loss, unsustainable hunting and capture for the illegal pet trade. Gaining hands-on veterinary experience with some of the world’s most incredible wildlife and assisting in their rehabilitation and re-introduction back to the wild is an opportunity not to be missed! 




  • Gain invaluable practical veterinary work experience
  • Contribute to the important work of the rescue and rehabilitation centre 
  • An unforgettable 2 day trip to the Tikal Mayan temples
  • Make unforgettable memories and lifelong friends 


  • In prder to participate on this project you will need to be studying or have relevant experience/qualifications in veterinary science


Location Peten, Guatemala
Activities Animal monitring and check-ups
Field laboratory procedures
Surgeries and treatments where applicable
Capture and management of primates, psittacines and reptiles
  Lectures and discussions on enhance learning
  Routine cleaning, feeding and maintenance work
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       On site volunteer accommodation


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
In-country All Meals
Project orientation and support
Project equipment and materials
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Guatemala is home to some of the most varied and intriguing species found worldwide. However, many of the animals that arrive at the rescue center have suffered as a result of human-wildlife conflicts such as poaching, trafficking and the loss of their habitat through deforestation. They are often malnourished, traumatised and have injuries inflicted by their captors. This project aims to give students an insight and hands-on experience into the veterinary work carried out at the centre which will help with the rehabilitation of these animals.

The work carried out at the centre is invaluable, and those who join this project as a veterinary student are sure to have an incredible and unforgettable experience here!


You will be working alongside veterinary professionals at the rescue and rehabilitation center in Petén, where you will get true hands on insight into the veterinary work being carried out on a daily basis. Depending on the length of your placement, you will have the opportunity to take part in various procedures, lectures and activities around the centre. Activities on a 2-week placement may include:

Lectures focusing on primates, psittacines and reptiles

Necropsy reviews of documented past cases

Safe capture and handling of species

Obtaining and processing of blood samples and faecal matters, with discussion and administration of needed treatments and follow-ups

Participation in necropsies and administration of various veterinary treatments (surgery assistance and types of treatments are case dependent)

Routine work with the animals

The work that you will be involved in will be dependent upon your level of experience and the needs of the animal rescue centre at the time of your visit. In some cases you may be involved in emergency rescues and surgeries, which will help in training students in fast decision-making in real-life emergency situations. 

You will also have the chance to go on a 2 day overnight trip to Tikal Mayan Temples during your placement. Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, Tikal is now the most famous archaeological site in Guatemala and the temples are a must see while you are in Guatemala. The entire park is surrounded by lush jungle and wildlife, giving you the feel of being in a different world!

Throughout the duration of your placement you will be continually learning from the professionals around you while being able to develop your own skills. Being able to gain hands-on work experience in a Veterinary setting while living in such a beautiful and inaccessible environment will make this 2-week placement an experience not to be missed!


After arrival into Guatemala City Airport you can catch one of the frequent local bus services to the rescue centre, a journey of seven hours north of Guatemala City, or alternatively you can catch a reasonably priced flight to Flores airport where a member of staff from the project in Guatemala will meet you and take you to the rescue centre.


You will be staying in a shared volunteer on-site housing, where you can enjoy spending you time bonding with fellow students. The house is clean and comfortable, with western style bathrooms and flush toilets, mosquito screens and electricity.


Whilst on your placement you will enjoy three meals a day prepared for you on site. You will be able to experience traditional native dishes such as chiles relerros, chicken pepian, shrimp ceviche and flan-style sweet treats. You can also venture to local markets to purchase fresh local produce.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

Incredible Experience  | 19 Nov 2019
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Hold a place in my heart  | 19 Nov 2019
  Between the passion, the knowledge and the experience of these veterinarians, I was fl...

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A chance to make a difference to wildlife conservation  | 18 Nov 2019
  I would highly recommend the veterinary programme as it really does enhance your knowl...

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Absolutely Recommend  | 17 Nov 2019
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2 weeks $2,745

DATES 2019

April 22nd - May 5th 

May 13th - May 26th 

July 8th - July 21st 

July 29th - August 11th 

August 19th - September 1st 


Nearest airport(s): Guatemala City (GUA)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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