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The veterinary internships are available as 2-week placements with the option to add extra weeks as a volunteer. Depending on the length of your placement, you will take part in various procedures, lectures and daily veterinary activities around the centre, as well as a few outings to sights in the nearby area.
Students on a 2-week placement will be able to take part in the following activities;
6 hours of lecture time focusing on primates, psittacines & reptiles.
5 hours of necropsy review of documented past cases.
4 hours of practice, capture and management of primates, psittacines and reptiles.
Obtaining and processing of blood samples and faecal matters of 6 species; primates, psitacines, reptiles, deer, coatimundi & one other, discussion and administration of needed treatment, and follow up.
Participation in necropsies and administration of various veterinary treatments (surgery assistance and type of treatment depending on cases)
Routine work with the animals and enclosures (cleaning, feeding, maintenance)
Potential work with infant animals (case dependent)
Possible additional work in Petencito zoo (1 day a week)
Veterinary curricula may vary in the order of material presentation and sometimes staff may assume you have knowledge of a subject to which you have not yet been introduced. This is especially true for first, second and third-year students. Don’t be afraid to admit inexperience. Remember, it’s better to admit inexperience than injure a patient!