Follow your passion for vet medicine while exploring the world and meeting like-minded people.
The Doctors in Italy Pre-Vet Fellowship Program is a unique experience to appreciate the breadth of opportunities that a degree in Veterinary Medicine can offer while immersed in Italian culture and stunning natural landscapes.
By shadowing veterinary professionals specialised in different disciplines, you will learn about animal welfare and behaviour, basic clinical examination skills, animal nutrition, zoonotic diseases, the importance of the human-animal interactions and many other topics.
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The Pre-Vet Fellowship is designed for students who are enrolled in a university course in Animal Science, Biology, Public Health or similar, or who have just completed their degrees and wish to study Veterinary Medicine.
We also welcome vet students, veterinary technicians, and animal care assistants who are looking to expand their knowledge on different species and explore different aspects of the veterinary professions.
To participate, you must be 18 years old and there is no maximum age limit.
This short-term internship-type program runs for 2 weeks and includes 5 hours per day shadowing animal caregivers and vets and learning how to provide care to the animals at the rescues and clinics, for a total of 40 hours of learning and service. The purpose is for you to learn about the lives and health of the animals, guided by experts in veterinary medicine, animal nutrition, animal care, as well as animal rescue professionals.
After having breakfast together, students are transported to the rescues where they spend their mornings, and the afternoon is dedicated to either vet clinic shadowing, cultural activities, or spare time to explore the city and its surroundings.
The first Friday is dedicated to a day-trip to a different city nearby. Weekends are free for students to arrange their own travel, or stay in and relax
The fees include: arrival pick-up, city center based housing, transportation to and from the shadowing, medical insurance, daily breakfast, a group excursions, two dinners per week, 24/7 on-site support.Part of the fees are used to support the animal rescues. Airfare is not included.
You will be exposed to a variety of species such as equids, large and small ruminants, wild and domestic pigs, rabbits, llamas, wildlife, birds, dogs, cats and exotic animals. From daily care and feeding, to special needs, hand rearing, and veterinary checks ─ be in the midst of the action, learning the different ways to approach and care for each of them. You will assist veterinarians in clinical settings and during field work in animal sanctuaries and wildlife rescue centres.
Prepare for Vet School with ethical shadowing and hands-on training. Build your experience learning from professional veterinarians and animal carers, along with other students sharing your passion. Gain confidence in your skills and further drive towards your future as a vet.
At the animal rescues, you’ll get inside knowledge on the lives of animals, spending time with a wide variety of animals, each with their own personality. You’ll learn what it takes for them to live a happy and healthy life, how they interact with each other and with their human carers, what types of diseases they need to be checked for, and how a vet can take care of them, whether they have fur or feathers.
Our expert local coordinators will guide you through an immersive experience in Italy. Summer ’24 Programs are available in Rome, Florence, Perugia, and Milan.
Make friends, discover your city and its stunning surroundings, enjoy Italian food, and travel to dream-come-true destinations during the weekend.
This international experience will develop your cultural competence. it will open your mind to different cultures, and help you thrive in a world that is ever more connected.
It’s a chance for you to challenge yourself and your limits and grow to be a better communicator and a leader in your field.
International education comes at a cost. Discover how our scholarships can help you afford this life-changing experience.
We believe there is only one health. We have a background in human medicine and a passion for animal welfare.
We offer ethical and responsible shadowing programs to pre-vet and vet students who share our commitment to animal welfare and respect for all living beings.
We work to internationalize healthcare through technology and education, connecting culturally competent doctors with the community of travelers, digital nomads and remote workers, lowering the language and cultural barriers to accessing healthcare in Italy.
We want to make health professionals of the future used to international settings, aware of differences, and equipped with a worldwide network of contacts that will be so precious in a post-pandemic world.
We abide by the Standards of Good Practice set out by the Forum on Education Abroad ─ the US Standards Development Organization for the field.