Florence Veterinary Programs

Shadowing Veterinarians at Rescues and Sanctuaries

The Florence program offers an exhilarating journey through various animal sanctuaries, such as Rifugio Ohana near Florence and Italian Horse Protection in Montaione, Florence, where students will have the chance to work with rescued horses, pigs, cows, dogs, cats, sheep, goats, and various avian species.


Apart from hands-on experiences with the animals, participants will also engage in educational activities diving deep into the fascinating world of zoology, anatomy, and conservation.

Embarking on the Florence program, aspiring veterinarians 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 adventure are visits to sanctuaries like Rifugio Ohana, and Italian Horse Protection, where students will work closely with numerous species and learn about their unique journeys from hardship to sanctuary.



Beyond the animal encounters, participants will have the opportunity to explore the rich biodiversity of the Oasi Lipu Massaciuccoli natural park, delving into the world of migratory birds, wildlife first aid, and hands-on conservation efforts.



The program also features an informative visit to the Natural History Museum, where students will uncover the marvels of zoology, with a special focus on amphibian extinction, reptile ecology, and the world’s largest public cetacean collection.



By the end of this unforgettable journey, students will not only have gained practical skills in veterinary medicine but will also have forged a deep connection with the animal kingdom and its wonders.

Top choice for:

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


Discover Florence

Florence is a city in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, that has a rich history and a vibrant cultural scene. The city is known for its stunning architecture, including historic buildings, bridges, and piazzas, many of which have played a significant role in the development of art, science, and culture over the centuries.

Florence has a rich history in the field of medicine, dating back to the Renaissance period. One of the most notable medical figures in Florence’s history is Leonardo da Vinci, who was not only a renowned artist and inventor but also a pioneering anatomist and physiologist.

In the late 15th century, da Vinci conducted a series of groundbreaking dissections and anatomical studies, producing detailed drawings and models of the human body that helped to advance the understanding of anatomy and physiology. His work paved the way for new discoveries in the field of medicine and influenced generations of medical professionals to come.

One of the most iconic symbols of Florence is the Duomo, a magnificent cathedral with a red-tiled dome that dominates the city’s skyline. Other notable landmarks include the Ponte Vecchio, a historic bridge over the Arno River that is home to numerous shops and cafes, and the Palazzo Vecchio, a grand palace that has served as the city’s government headquarters for centuries.

Florence is also renowned for its art and culture, with numerous museums and galleries showcasing some of the world’s most iconic works of art. The Uffizi Gallery, for example, is home to an extensive collection of Renaissance masterpieces, while the Accademia Gallery houses Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, David.

In addition to its rich cultural heritage, Florence is a bustling city with a thriving food scene and plenty of opportunities for shopping, nightlife, and outdoor activities. The city’s central market is a must-visit for foodies, with a wide range of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other local specialties on offer.

Overall, Florence is a city that has something for everyone, and its unique blend of history, culture, and modern amenities makes it a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Italy.

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Housing in Florence

Our housing arrangements offer a range of accommodation options to ensure a comfortable and safe stay for all participants in our program. Depending on availability, you may be housed in an elegant apartment, a cozy hotel room, or another type of comfortable dwelling.


Regardless of the specific housing option, all of our accommodations are guaranteed to be clean, safe, and comfortable, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the study abroad experience, explore Rome, and get much-needed rest between long days of shadowing.


The most common accommodation is in shared apartments with one or two double rooms.

All apartments are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms, and many also have a kitchen, living room, desks, and a washing machine.


The apartments are located in central and safe areas of Rome, with easy access to shops, pharmacies, metro stations, and a variety of restaurants and grocery stores.


Please note that the quality of housing may vary and is dependent on available providers. Nonetheless, we are confident that you will enjoy your stay, as we carefully select our providers and work closely with them to ensure a high standard of safety, cleanliness, and comfort.

Dates and fees

Term I

4,500 ≈ 4,900$
  • May 15 – May 26

Term II

4,500 ≈ 4,900$
  • May 29 – June 09

Term III

4,500 ≈ 4,900$
  • June 12 – June 23

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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