WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
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!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
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!