Florence Veterinary Programs

Shadowing Veterinarians at Rescues and Sanctuaries

Embarking on the Florence program, you will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience, engaging with a wide variety of rescued animals and gaining valuable insights into their care and rehabilitation. At the heart of this journey is the Italian Horse Protection nestled in the picturesque Tuscan village of Montaione where you will fully immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of equine creatures. Ohana rescue will share the stories and treatments of its 220 farm animals while Oasi Lipu Massaciuccoli natural park and clinic will delve you into the world of migratory birds, wildlife first aid. Engaging in additional museum-related activities and participating in conservation projects will further enhance your comprehension of biodiversity and research.

Top choice for:

  • Farm animals
  • Horses and other equines
  • Animal sanctuaries
  • Animal behavior and inter-species interactions
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation


Discover Florence

The cradle of the Renaissance, as Florence is often regarded, is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. The art capital of Italy boasts an exceptional artistic heritage, one of the oldest and richest historic centers, and some of the most famous museums in the world. It has been the birthplace of Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Dante, and many others. Situated on the Arno river, Florence also boasts one of the most iconic and distinctive landscapes, thanks to its surrounding typical Tuscan hills. Surprisingly small as it is, the Tuscan capital looms large on the world’s ‘must-see’ list because it’s a city that amazes, seduces, and stays in your heart.

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Housing in Florence

Our housing options ensure a comfortable and secure stay during the program. You may stay in apartments, hotels, or other comfortable accommodations, all guaranteed to be clean and safe. Most commonly, participants stay in shared apartments with double rooms, equipped with amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, and even kitchens and living rooms. These accommodations are in central and safe areas of Florence, close to essential facilities. While housing quality may vary, we carefully select providers to maintain high standards of safety, cleanliness, and comfort. Your stay will allow you to fully immerse in the study abroad experience while enjoying a convenient and pleasant living space.

Dates and fees 2024

Term I

4,725 ≈ 5,000$
  • June 23 – July 6

Term II

4,725 ≈ 5,000$
  • July 7 – July 20

Term III

4,725 ≈ 5,000$
  • July 21 – August 3

*Note that program start date listed is always a Sunday and your housing is available from that day. The first day of shadowing is the Monday after move in day. The last day of the program stated is always a Saturday and housing is booked for you up until this morning. The last day of shadowing is the Thursday of that week. The last Friday is kept for final packing and personal tasks, therefore you can checkout on Friday instead of Saturday if that is preferable for you.

Included with the fees

Currently accepting candidates:

Pre-veterinary, Animal science, Veterinary school, Vet technicians, Gap-year, Post-bacc,
One Health, Global Health, Veterinary medicine related paths


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