Perugia Veterinary Programs

Shadowing Veterinarians at Rescues and Sanctuaries

Discover the picturesque city of Perugia and immerse yourself in a comprehensive animal welfare education program designed for aspiring veterinarians.


Students will embark on an unforgettable journey through sanctuaries such as Il Rifugio di Bea, Rifugio per Cani Agrilia, and WildUmbria, where they will learn from dedicated professionals and gain hands-on experience in animal care and welfare.


Il Rifugio di Bea, nestled in the hills of Perugia, is a sanctuary run by passionate volunteers who care for a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, cows, horses, birds, pigs, sheep, and goats. The sanctuary’s founder is dedicated to educating young people about animal welfare, and the staff regularly organizes educational programs for children and adults. Students will have the opportunity to shadow the sanctuary’s veterinarians and will be treated to a delicious lunch during their visit.


The dog shelter Rifugio per Cani Agrilia is a safe haven for over 140 stray and abused dogs. Students will engage in lessons on dog welfare, behavior, and care, as well as participate in the administration of preventive treatments. They will also have the chance to shadow the shelter’s veterinarian, learning about clinical examinations and the treatment of sick animals.


WildUmbria, the region’s primary wildlife rescue center, not only focuses on animal rescue but also monitors and manages wildlife populations and their environments. Students will learn about topics related to wildlife and the environment, participating in a range of activities, including shadowing vets and zoologists at the wildlife clinic, learning about wildlife monitoring techniques, and visiting the avian museum.


Through their work at these sanctuaries and rescue centers, students will gain invaluable insights into animal care and welfare, wildlife rescue and monitoring, and the importance of conservation. This well-rounded and immersive experience in the field of veterinary medicine will leave participants with a profound appreciation for the diverse world of animal welfare and the dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to protect and care for these creatures.

Top choice for:

  • Farm animals
  • Wildlife rescue
  • Animal behavior and inter-species interactions
  • Family-owned animal rescue
  • Dogs health and rescue


Discover Perugia

Perugia, a charming hilltop city in central Italy, is the perfect destination for students seeking an authentic Italian experience away from the crowded tourist hubs. Rich in history, art, and culture, Perugia offers a unique blend of ancient and modern, all set against the stunning backdrop of Umbria’s rolling green hills.


As you wander through the city’s narrow cobblestone streets, you’ll be captivated by the well-preserved medieval architecture and the lively atmosphere of bustling cafes, vibrant markets, and welcoming locals. Perugia is home to some of Italy’s most impressive historical sites, such as the Fontana Maggiore, the Etruscan Arch, and the Palazzo dei Priori, providing endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.


Perugia is not only a city steeped in history but also a thriving hub of education, with a strong student community centered around the Università degli Studi di Perugia, one of Italy’s oldest universities. This lively academic atmosphere, combined with a wide array of cultural events and festivals, makes Perugia an ideal destination for young students seeking to immerse themselves in Italian culture.


Perugia is also renowned for its delectable chocolate, and a visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Chocolate Factory and Museum. Here, students can learn about the history and production of this Italian treat, even sampling some of the delicious creations. The city’s culinary scene offers a diverse range of traditional Umbrian cuisine, featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and beloved regional dishes, allowing students to truly savor the flavors of Italy.


For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Rome or Florence, Perugia offers a more relaxed pace and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. With its stunning vistas, rich history, vibrant student community, and delectable culinary offerings, Perugia is the perfect destination for young students seeking a truly immersive and unforgettable Italian experience.

Housing in Perugia

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

4,000 ≈ 4,300$
  • May 15 – May 26

Term II

4,000 ≈ 4,300$
  • May 29 – June 09

Term III

4,000 ≈ 4,300$
  • June 19 – June 30

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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