Veterinary Assistant

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Integrated Learning Experience
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Coordinator | Diego
Coordinator | Diego
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High­lights

Meet other interns and volunteers from around the world.
Improve your Spanish
Explore the mesmerizing natural wonders of Costa Rica
Add experience to your resume
Further your career with an internship as veterinarian assistant. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
50+

The veterinary internship program places vet students in clinics where they can assist veterinary doctors and technicians. Interns can work with animals by assisting doctors in medical procedures, feeding, bathing, brushing, obedience training, administering medicine, cleaning cages, animal rehabilitation. Depending on experience, interns can help in vaccinations, surgeries, and diagnosis. Interns enrolled or that completed a degree related to animal care are preferred. Basic Spanish knowledge is preferred.

Possible tasks:

  • Assisting in small clinical procedures.
  • Preparing and sterilizing medical equipment.
  • Helping take notes and take data from animals.
  • Helping take samples from animals.
  • Administrative work.
  • Bathing and cleaning animals.
  • Shadowing doctors as needed.

Availability: Year-long.
Program Duration: 4-24 weeks
Location: San Ramon de Alajuela.
Schedule: Schedule changes depending on workload but it is typically from 8am - 3pm. Monday-Friday

Typical day

  • 7 am : breakfast with host family
  • 7:30 am: walk to project
  • 8am : meet with project staff to oversee daily tasks
  • 1pm: lunch time
  • 4pm: Project work time ends
  • 7 pm: Dinner with host family

Free-time activities

San Ramon is centrally located to various places like la Fortuna or Monteverde. Also many hikes are available around San Ramon.
Gyms and various sporting centers are also available.
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at University level
Required Documents
CV, proof of academic training, Travel health insurance and copy of passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Must have experience in animal care of be studying veterinary sciences
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 08:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Integrated Learning Experience

  • Host family , in private room with two meals per day
  • Participation in cultural activities.
  • On call support throughout the service.
  • Coordination with the host country organization of volunteer service.
  • Orientation to volunteer work or intern placement
  • Welcome at airport with transport.
  • Certificate of program completion.

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pickup is provided

Accommodation

Host family, in private room with two meals per day.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner.

Vegetarian diets can be accommodated.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Arrival days are every Sunday except the last two Sundays of December.

Orientation is held on Mondays.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,161
5 weeks
$1,311
6 weeks
$1,461
7 weeks
$1,611
8 weeks
$1,761
9 weeks
$1,911
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,361
Average fees
$244 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Integrated Learning Experience will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Integrated Learning Experience during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Veterinary Assistant

Further your career with an internship as veterinarian assistant.

$244/week

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