Providing hands on experience in a real life setting ensures zoo/wildlife veterinarians gain technical training. The Belize Zoo welcomes students from all over the world to come and experience veterinary medicine in a rich and diverse environment.

The BZNC supports the efforts of the outbound veterinarians from the United States. The knowledge gained from learning and sharing with the staff at The Belize Zoo will benefit both communities.

The Belize Zoo offers learning opportunities for veterinary students. Exposure to species native to Belize provides those students with the knowledge they can’t acquire anywhere else. This education helps to ensure the health and well-being of some of our most endangered animals. A modern hospital setting is essential to educating future zoo veterinarians
— George V. Kollias, DVM, PhD.

Hello! My name is Sarah and I’m currently a second year vet student. This winter break I spent a week in Belize. While Belize is a wonderful destination for visiting the beach, I wasn’t there for vacation: I was there for a Cornell vet class called “Field Techniques in International Wildlife Medicine.”  Needless to say, as an aspiring wildlife veterinarian, this course was without a doubt the most fun, challenging and rewarding course that I’ve taken at Cornell so far!

Hello! My name is Sarah and I’m currently a second year vet student. This winter break I spent a week in Belize. While Belize is a wonderful destination for visiting the beach, I wasn’t there for vacation: I was there for a Cornell vet class called “Field Techniques in International Wildlife Medicine.”  Needless to say, as an aspiring wildlife veterinarian, this course was without a doubt the most fun, challenging and rewarding course that I’ve taken at Cornell so far!

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Students at the College of Veterinary Medicine can get an idea of what it’s like to care for wild animals, thanks to a partnership between the college and the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center in Central America. By working with clinicians in the zoo’s animal hospital, the students also contribute to efforts to save some species from extinction.

Students at the College of Veterinary Medicine can get an idea of what it’s like to care for wild animals, thanks to a partnership between the college and the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center in Central America. By working with clinicians in the zoo’s animal hospital, the students also contribute to efforts to save some species from extinction.

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I went to Belize with 11 classmates and 5 veterinarians, where we spent a week providing care for the animals at The Belize Zoo. A small, charming zoo integrated almost seamlessly into the tropical savanna, TBZ is probably better defined as a sanctuary- all of its animals are local species and are “rescues” in one way or another. Some are orphans, many are rescued from the pet trade, and some come in dealing with injuries from vehicular strikes or other anthropogenic activities. 

I went to Belize with 11 classmates and 5 veterinarians, where we spent a week providing care for the animals at The Belize Zoo. A small, charming zoo integrated almost seamlessly into the tropical savanna, TBZ is probably better defined as a sanctuary- all of its animals are local species and are “rescues” in one way or another. Some are orphans, many are rescued from the pet trade, and some come in dealing with injuries from vehicular strikes or other anthropogenic activities. 

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