CARES Project is on HIATUS for the 2020 year and Summer program. We are not accepting applications at this time.
A hands-on veterinary externship on the front lines of conservation and One Health, providing an adventure in education.
Nestled in a tropical rainforest jungle and Caribbean coast archipelago.
Bocas del Toro Field Station, Panama
CARES Project is a hands-on mentorship and field course based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Bocas del Toro Station. As a program created by veterinarians for future veterinarians, we call it a mentorship due to the intimate level of teaching, either one-on-one or in small groups. The focus is to provide experience and knowledge not commonly available to pre-vets nor taught in the veterinary school curriculum. Students pursuing a veterinary career need access to knowledgeable, patient mentors who care about enhancing their skills and supporting their career goals. In a safe learning environment with a team of expert instructors, you will work with new species, develop a deep understanding about international conservation challenges, and expand what you offer to the field of veterinary medicine.
Discover the home of CARES in Panama:
“There are not enough superlatives to describe the CARES Project and my experience there. I met and worked with amazing people who became dear friends and learned how to care for animals who I would otherwise have never encountered. Each student will have a unique experience because the demands of the environment will be different, but I can assure you, it will be no less amazing.”
Anna Kristina Hugel
Gap Year Student
Update: Accepted to LSU Vet School
CARES Project’s Dr. Rubin in Costa Rica, facilitating the filming of Animal Planet: Vet Gone Wild (Season 1 Episode 8)