hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
A hands-on veterinary externship on the front lines of conservation and international health, providing an adventure in education.
Nestled in a tropical rainforest jungle and Caribbean coast archipelago.
Panama Summer 2019 Sessions May 12-August 18
Perform treatments as part of our mobile veterinary clinic in indigenous villages...large, small, and wild animals!
A monkey sanctuary hosting 5 species of native primates, is in need of our veterinary care! Know which monkey species uses a bird call?
Participate with scientists at the world's leading institution in international sea turtle field research.
Snorkel in a coastline full of giant pink starfish and coral reefs in the pristine waters of the Caribbean while learning about veterinary concerns in ecosystem health.
Visit the only island in the world home to the endangered Pygmy Sloth (elective trip subject to conditions).
Enjoy the academic benefits of building an application or CV by working with AVMA*-accredited and Panamanian veterinarians, and PhD-level researchers on empirically-based conservation projects. *American Veterinary Medical Association
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 one-on-one and in small groups. The focus is to provide experience and knowledge not commonly available to pre-vets, or taught in veterinary school. 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 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)