Belize: Wildlife Medicine & Conservation

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About Belize: Wildlife Medicine & Conservation

Discover the rich diversity of Belize while working in collaboration with the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic. Students will be introduced to the major ecosystems in Belize, the plant and animal organisms inhabiting these areas, and the strategies employed by biologists and environmental resource managers. Students will learn from and with the staff through hands on labs and excursions. During this section of the program labs will include everything from spay and neuter to a VIP behind the scenes tour of the Belize Zoo. Students will visit an Iguana Project and Baboon Sanctuary. From bird examination, including Scarlet Macaw health checks, to baboon rehabilitation, to crocodile capture and medicine students will experience all parts of wildlife medicine and conservation in central Belize.

For the second segment of the program, students will travel to Glover’s Reef Atoll just off the coast of Belize. The atoll is known for its abundance of marine life and crystal-clear water. Students might see whale sharks. Students will have the opportunity to get their PADI certification, so novice divers are welcome! While here, students will experience the incredible marine life up close, while attending daily lectures on marine animal zoology and physiology.

Program Dates

May 19 - June 10, 2018. The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

Course Description

Students will receive credit for CFAN 3510

This is an embedded program with on campus class meetings in the Spring, registration/financial aid is tied to Spring term.

Program Leader 

Melissa Palmer is an assistant professor of Animal Physiology in the department of Animal Science. She teaches Human and Animal Physiology with corresponding laboratory component, Biotechnology, People and the Environment and Orientation to Animal Science.


Students will visit an Iguana Project, a baboon sanctuary, Belize Wildlife Refuge Center, and Glover's Reef Atoll, off the coast of Belize.

Program Fee

The program fee generally includes tuition and registration fees, orientation and international health insurance. It may also include airfare, housing, excursions and some or all meals. Check with the program leader for the exact program fee and what is included.

More Information

Visit the CFANS Office of International Programs website or contact them at