International Programs/Study Abroad

Why Study Abroad?

  • You gain confidence and feel empowered after successfully navigating an International experience! 
  • It differentiates you from your peers. You have an experience that only a handful of other students have and it's a great way to network and build your International résumé.
  • It makes you culturally aware. If you observe practices in other countries, you have a greater understanding of the profession as a whole and of global veterinary issues.
  • It's fun! Whether you travel alone or with a group of your classmates, you will see and do amazing things and share the experience with people who are not only your colleagues, but friends you will keep in touch with forever. 

If we don't offer a program that appeals to your interests, stop by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and let us know what you want to do and where you want to go!

Search for International Veterinary opportunities.

Iowa State partners with veterinary schools all over the world!  In past years, students have studied in Ireland, Spain, Australia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Costa Rica, and many more! 

The ideal time for individual exchanges is during your fourth year clinical rotations.  Minimum time abroad is 2 weeks.  Maximum time depends on your rotation schedule and vacation weeks. 


Study Abroad 2017 Program Details

For application and more information:

    Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands
    Veterinary Medicine in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
    Session 1: May 6-19, 2017
    Session 2: June 5-18, 2017
    • Meet and learn from Ecuador’s wildlife and exotic animal veterinarians
    • Visit the Banos Zoo & Wildlife Center and assist staff with exams & treatments for the reptiles
    • Facilitate a spay/neuter day in Riobamba
    • Visit and meet with veterinarians at local clinics and tour farms
    • Learn about some of the breeding programs and their importance at one of the national parks

    Guatemala – Flores, Peten
    Wildlife Rehabilitation in Guatemala
    Session 1: May 14-29, 2017
    Session 2: July 2-17, 2017

    • Introduction to conservation medicine at the Animal Rehabilitation & Wildlife Conservation Center
    • Gain hands-on experience in the health and management of primates, psittacines and reptiles
    • Watch and learn how veterinarians manage care of wildlife in the field where resources are limited
    • Assist in wildlife care at the rehab center, including exams, treatments, surgeries, and necropsies

    South Africa – Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth
    Wildlife Immobilization & Conservation in South Africa
    Session 1: June 13-30, 2017
    Session 2: July 25 – August 11, 2017

    • Introduction into the role of the veterinarian in African wildlife conservation
    • Practical training in wildlife management procedures including darting and capture
    • Field experiences in wildlife immobilization at game reserves and national parks
    • Participate in veterinary wildlife calls

    One Health Uganda: Livestock & Wildlife Interface
    July 3-16, 2017

    • Learn first-hand how humans, livestock and wildlife co-exist in Uganda
    • Visit ranches near national wildlife areas to learn how they protect the health and welfare of their livestock
    • Discussions with government and veterinary experts on Uganda’s zoonotic and non-communicable environmental threats to humans and animals
    • Tour the Makerere University veterinary college, the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park
    Study Abroad photo collage