• Italy
    • Rome
    • Milan
    • Florence
    • Perugia
J-Term, Maymester, Short Term, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Agriculture Animal Science Anthropology Biochemistry Biology Botany Conservation and Preservation Ecology Environmental Studies Food Science and Nutrition Health Sciences Life Sciences Marine Biology Natural Sciences Public Health Sustainable Development Wildlife Sciences +7

Program Details

Program Type
Direct EnrollmentFaculty Led
Apartment Dormitory


Starting Price
Price Details
The fees include almost everything, except for the flight. Fees include: housing, transportation, medical and travel insurance, daily breakfast and lunch, two group excursions, two dinners, airport pick-up, 24/7 on-site support, and all the shadowing and group activities in the program.

Part of the fees are used to support the animal rescues where you'll be shadowing 🫶
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

The fees include: housing, transportation, medical insurance, daily breakfast and lunch, two group excursions, two dinners, 24/7 on-site support. Part of the fees are used to support the animal rescues.

What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Visa
May 20, 2024
May 17, 2024
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About Program

Are you passionate about animals and interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine or animal sciences? Imagine having the opportunity to not only gain hands-on experience in the field, but also to do so while surrounded by the stunning natural beauty and rich culture of Italy.

The Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program offers exactly that. By shadowing veterinary professionals who specialize in various disciplines, you will have the chance to shadow veterinarians and animal caregivers at some of the most important animal rescues throughout the country.

But this program is so much more than just an educational opportunity. It's a chance to be inspired by the beauty of Italy, to immerse yourself in a new culture, and to expand your horizons both personally and professionally. It's a chance to gain a new perspective on the world and on the role that vet medicine can play in improving the lives of animals and humans alike.

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Program Highlights

  • Immersive shadowing for undergraduate and graduate students at some of Italy's most renowned animal rescues.
  • Our programs are specifically designed to run during winter and summer breaks, so you can focus on your studies during the school year and still participate in an enriching and life-changing program during your breaks.
  • A range of start dates allow you to fit the experience even within a busy summer or winter schedule.
  • Don't worry about speaking Italian! Our program runs in English! It's designed for international students from all over the world. You'll have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the program without needing to know the local language.
  • The VetMed program Fellows will have the opportunity to interact and share experiences with their peers in the Pre-Med and Pre-Nursing programs.

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.35
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program


One of my favorite experiences thus far was traveling to Rome. I was with a great group of women who I’ve made as friends and we got to learn a great deal on our pre-vet internship. I will say that if you are an experienced vet tech you may not learn a ton of new information but you will have the advantage of being able to be hands on them when opportunities present! Rome itself was beautiful! The architecture, the food, the gelato, and the clublife. As an American I didn’t struggle with communicating and navigated the bus system well with our group leader. I will also add that as a black woman I experienced excessive staring from tourists and natives that eventually became annoying. Other than that I felt safe and supported on this internship and recommended the pre-med to a friend! Be wary of the persistent walking in the heat—it’s thousands of steps a day not only for the vet sanctuaries in the countryside hills but Rome itself. I’d say upwards to 10k steps a day or over 2 days.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The flight. It was my first time flying internationally by myself so I was fortunate to find a group member on the same flight. I would recommend for students in a group chat to coordinate group flights to make the airport experience less nerve racking. Getting off the plane in Rome and trying to find you group leader can be a little chaotic with other tourists looking for their tour guides so you have to be very observant. Having a friend helps and I know another woman in my group had her parents tag along on the plane with her to make sure she was safe.
  • Great hands on experience
  • Amazing sight seeing
  • Great group of women
  • Tons of walking
  • Excessive stating that the white women in my group didn’t experience
  • Structure was a little haphazard. Some days our schedule would get cancelled at the last minute so we lost time at the vet clinics
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

One of a Kind Experience Abroad

I was a part of the first group in the pre-vet Doctor's in Italy program. Although Rome was still under covid restrictions the experience was amazing. We gained hands on experience throughout the week at the two rescue sanctuaries we visited and still had time to explore the city on our own. There was a perfect mix of independence and support granted from the team. Living in Rome for 2 weeks while also ganging veterinary experience was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Using the metro to travel around Rome seemed daunting, but it was actually very easy. Additionally, the trains are super affordable and make traveling all around Italy possible.

  • Ability to explore the country
  • Delving into Italian Culture
  • Our trip happened in the middle of a heatwave, so the weather was brutal at times!
38 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An experience like no other!

Being a part of this program has been a great way for me as a pre-vet student to get a foot in the door of my career. I learned a lot about animal care, management and treatments through this two week journey, and it has given me the confidence to start getting more involved in the field outside of academics before I graduate. Housing was great and the itinerary provided at the beginning of every week made it very easy to plan accordingly. The only issue I had was regarding food allergies, but even then the problems were remedied very quickly and did not affect my enjoyment for the program at all. Overall this experience was one I'll never forget, and would certainly do again if I had the chance!

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