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  • Locations: Flores, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Serracin, Mercedes Program Director: Serracin, Mercedes
Housing Options: Dormitory Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Spanish
Online Course Catalog Available: No Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: VPATH 496 Program Type: Direct
Program Description:
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Wildlife Rehabilitation in Guatemala


DATES: May 6th - May 20th, 2018

Estimated Program costs:$3270 ($1300 for airfare - adjust if ticket costs less).   Program costs include all airfare, lodging, most meals, in-country transportation and a variety of veterinary experiences. This trip is open to Vet Med and pre-vet (Animal Science, Animal Ecology, etc.) students.Check out the A.R.C.A.S. Guatemala site to see what they're all about!

Basic - 2 WEEKS 
4 students minimum, 12 maximum
Cost Per Student: US$ 1,500 per person plus airfare, out of pocket expenses, insurance
•Assured space at the Rescue Center
•Transportation, Flores Airport - Rescue Center - Flores Airport
•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 Rescue Center - Hotel - Rescue Center. Does NOT
include park entrance fee.


  • Introduction to conservation medicine
  • Health and management of Primates, Psittacines and Reptiles (Anatomy, capture techniques, transport, neonatal care, feeding, physiology, zoonosis, anesthesia)
  • Case reviews
  • Clinical approach, exam and treatment options for primates, psittacines and reptiles.
  • Safe capture and handling techniques, dose calculation, injection sites (SQ, IM, IV), tele-injection (when needed), use of lab equipment (flotation, microcentrifuge) inhaled anesthesia (when needed), usage of capture equipment for primates, psittacines and reptiles.
  • Participation in necropsies and administration of treatments (surgery assistance and type of treatment depending on cases).
  • Case discussion of on going treatments.
  • Daily animal husbandry.
  • Education, participants will learn from both on site veterinarians about animal health and management in a Rescue Center for Reintroduction facility.
  • Hands-On Abilities, participants will interact with animals, learning capture techniques,restraining animals and conducting physical exams.
  • Conservation awareness, participants will learn about global and local conservation issues, how veterinarians and general public can help and what ARCAS does.
  • Field experience, participants will work in a real “.field” facility, where resources may be limited, and personal initiative, creativity and out of the box thinking is encouraged.
  • Surgeries and treatments: CASE DEPENDENT, topical, oral or injected, assisting in surgery or emergency procedures. (there is no guarantee of type of treatments, since we are a rescue center, it varies from day to day and emergencies do occur)
  • Animal husbandry: Cleaning and feeding, kennel care and general maintenance of the animal maintenance areas.
  • Equipment available onsite: Film X-ray, ultrasound, inhaled anesthesia, POX, electrical scalpel, endoscope, mini lab (microscopes, centrifuges, ovadectors).
  • CASE DEPENDENT means that 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 zoonosis, 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/Chikungunya area. No confirmed cases of Zika in the region.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.