Milan Veterinary Programs

Shadowing Veterinarians at Rescues, Sanctuaries and Veterinary Clinics

In the bustling city of Milan and its surroundings, aspiring veterinarians will find a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of animal sanctuaries and clinics that specialize in the rescue, rehabilitation, and care of various species.


Students will embark on an unforgettable journey through sanctuaries like Progetto Cuori Liberi, Fattoria Capre e Cavoli, and Porcikomodi, and learn from the dedicated professionals at Clinica Veterinaria Europea.


Progetto Cuori Liberi, located in Sairano, Pavia, provides a safe haven for animals rescued from abusive situations and exploitation. With around 200 animals, students will work alongside dedicated staff to care for and understand the needs of cows, donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, and other species. This sanctuary emphasizes the importance of animal-human interactions and the concept of freedom, promoting an anti-speciesist culture. Students will also have the opportunity to shadow veterinarians who provide regular care to the inhabitants of the rescue.


Fattoria Capre e Cavoli is home to around 50 animals rescued from exploitation and abandonment. Here, students will learn about the individual needs and personalities of each animal, including horses, donkeys, pigs, and more. The sanctuary’s mission is to foster respect for all living creatures and promote knowledge about animal care. Students will have the chance to shadow specialized veterinarians during their visit.


Porcikomodi, part of the Vitadacani network, rescues animals from the slaughtering industry and raises awareness about inhumane conditions in slaughterhouses. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the sanctuary’s history, network, and rules, as well as the care and welfare of animals rescued from laboratories. They will also receive a comprehensive introduction to pig ethology, observing the behavior and welfare of pigs and wild boars, as well as environmental enrichment strategies.


At Clinica Veterinaria Europea, students will experience a cutting-edge facility that offers a wide range of specialties and services for dogs, cats, and exotic animals. With a focus on comprehensive care, the clinic includes a physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and sports medicine center, as well as a training and behavior center. Students will have the chance to learn from the experienced professionals at the clinic.


In addition to their work at sanctuaries and clinics, participants will visit the Museum of Natural History in Milan and the LIPU wildlife rescue center ‘La Fagiana.’ These visits will deepen their understanding of biodiversity, species conservation, and wildlife rescue, providing a well-rounded and immersive experience in the field of veterinary medicine.

Top choice for:

  • Veterinary clinic shadowing
  • Farm animals
  • Cats and dogs
  • Pigs, boars, goats, donkeys
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Animal sanctuaries
  • Animal behavior and inter-species interactions


Discover Milan

Milan is a city with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant contemporary scene. It is a hub for international business and attracts students and young professionals from all over the world. Known for its fashion, art, and finance, Milan is a cosmopolitan city that has much to offer.


One of the main attractions of Milan is its fashion scene. The city is home to some of the world’s most famous fashion houses and designers, making it a must-visit destination for fashion lovers. From designer boutiques to vintage shops, Milan offers a wealth of shopping options that cater to a range of tastes and budgets. Milan’s Fashion Week, held twice a year, is an exciting event that draws fashion enthusiasts from around the globe.


Milan is also a city steeped in history and culture. From the stunning Duomo Cathedral to the iconic Sforza Castle, the city is filled with historic landmarks and cultural attractions that offer a glimpse into the city’s rich past. The world-famous La Scala opera house is another must-visit attraction for lovers of music and theater.


The city’s contemporary art scene is also worth exploring. Milan is home to a range of modern art museums and galleries that showcase the works of both emerging and established artists. The Fondazione Prada, one of Milan’s newest museums, is a great example of the city’s dynamic art scene.


In addition to its cultural and artistic offerings, Milan is also a hub for international business and finance. The city is home to the Italian Stock Exchange and a range of multinational companies, making it a popular destination for business travelers and professionals.


With its dynamic and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Milan is an ideal city for students and young professionals. The city’s vibrant nightlife, world-class cuisine, and endless cultural offerings make it an exciting and enriching place to live and study. From fashion and art to business and finance, Milan truly has something for everyone.

Housing in Milan

The double room housing option is an excellent choice for students participating in the Doctors in Italy Fellowship program. Located in a safe and central area, the hotel provides an ideal home base for students who are looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay during their fellowship.


The double room is spacious and comfortable, offering all the necessary amenities for students to unwind and relax after a long day at the hospital.


The room is equipped with modern decor, comfortable bedding, air conditioning, and a private bathroom, ensuring that students have everything they need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.



The hotel’s recent renovation has added many new and exciting features to the property, providing students with a contemporary and convenient living space.


The hotel’s central location provides easy access to many of the city’s top attractions and amenities, including museums, restaurants, and public transportation.



Students can easily explore the city and its surroundings, making the most of their time in Italy. The safe and secure area of the hotel ensures that students can relax and focus on their studies, without worrying about safety concerns.


As part of the Doctors in Italy Fellowship program, students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and immerse themselves in the local medical culture. The hotel’s location and amenities make it an ideal place for students to rest, recharge, and connect with fellow participants. The hotel staff is friendly and attentive, providing students with the support and resources they need to succeed during their fellowship.

Dates and fees

Term I

4,000 ≈ 4,300$
  • June 19 – June 30

Term II

4,000 ≈ 4,300$
  • July 3 – July 15

Term III

4,000 ≈ 4,300$
  • July 17 – July 28

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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