Veterinary Student Program

Veterinary student opportunities, rotations or externships.

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ARCAS Rescue Center in Petén

2 weeks of veterinary experience.

  • Reservation at the Rescue Center
  • Flores Mundo Maya International Airport pickup and drop-off
  • All meals at rescue center and lodging included
  • Two day overnight trip to Tikal Mayan Temples (four meals, guided tour, one night in hotel inside national park, transportation. Does NOT include park entrance fee)


  • 6 hours of lecture time (Primates, Psittacines, Reptiles)
  • 5 hours of necropsy review (documented past cases or present cases)


  • Capture and management of Primates, Psittacines and Reptiles.
  • Obtention of blood samples and processing of fecals of Primates, Psittacines and reptiles.
  • Participation in necropsies and administration of treatments (surgery assistance and type of treatment depending on cases)
  • Routine work with the animals and enclosures (Cleaning, feeding, maintenance)


Education, participation, outreach, develop clinical abilities, generate interest in new fields, field laboratory procedures, kennel care and complete care of animals.


Lecture time includes: Anatomy, capture techniques, transport, neonatal care, feeding, physiology, zoonoses, anesthesia.

Necropsy reviews: 5 hours of case discussion (current and past cases).

Practice: Safe capture and handling of species, dose calculation, injection sites (SQ, IM, IV), tele-injection (when needed), use of flotation equipment, microhematocrit, inhaled anesthesia (when needed), usage of capture equipment.

Surgeries and treatments: CASE DEPENDENT, topical, oral or injected, assisting in surgery if cases arise.

Routine work: Cleaning and feeding, kennel care and general maintenance of the animal maintenance areas.

Equipment available onsite: Film Xray, ultrasound, hematology and blood chemistry analyzer, inhaled anesthesia, POX, electrical scalpel, endoscope, mini lab (microscopes, centrifuges, ovadector).

To be Considered

  • Open enrollement courses have a minimum of 6 students and maximum of 12, sign up closes 6 weeks prior to starting date
  • CASE DEPENDENT means that there is no guarantee of type of treatments, since we are a rescue and rehabilitation center, it varies from day to day and emergencies do occur, which will also help in training for students in decision making.
  • Participants should be fluent in english and/or spanish (it is recommended to be bilingual but not mandatory).
  • Participants should have medical insurance up to date.
  • Up to date vaccinations for rabies, tetanus, hepatitis. (Although we have not had a single case of any of these diseases, they are zoonoses, so it’s recommended to have them; consult with your local physician on other precautions)
  • We are a low risk Malaria area, and mid risk Dengue area.
  • If you have 6 or more colleagues that want to come together, or want to do a clinical placement for fourth year, contact us for a tailored dates program.

For more information about the programs contact us at: [email protected]

For additional information, dates and basic requirements please download our

ARCAS Veterinary Program Basic Guide

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