International Programs/Study Abroad

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Why Study Abroad?

  • You gain confidence and feel empowered after successfully navigating an International experience! 
  • It differentiates you from your peers. You have an experience that only a handful of other students have and it's a great way to network and build your International résumé.
  • It makes you culturally aware. If you observe practices in other countries, you have a greater understanding of the profession as a whole and of global veterinary issues.
  • It's fun! Whether you travel alone or with a group of your classmates, you will see and do amazing things and share the experience with people who are not only your colleagues, but friends you will keep in touch with forever. 

If we don't offer a program that appeals to your interests, stop by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and let us know what you want to do and where you want to go!

Search for International Veterinary opportunities.

Iowa State partners with veterinary schools all over the world!  In past years, students have studied in Ireland, Spain, Australia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Costa Rica, and many more! 

The ideal time for individual exchanges is during your fourth year clinical rotations.  Minimum time abroad is 2 weeks.  Maximum time depends on your rotation schedule and vacation weeks. 


Study Abroad 2020 Program Details

Application and more information

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    Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands
    Veterinary Medicine in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
    May 12-25, 2020

    Meet and learn from Ecuador’s wildlife and exotic animal veterinarians

    • Visit the Banos Zoo & Wildlife Center and assist staff with exams & treatments for the reptiles
    • Facilitate a spay/neuter day in Riobamba
    • Visit and meet with veterinarians at local clinics and tour farms
    • Learn about some of the breeding programs and their importance at one of the national parks

    Guatemala – Flores, Peten
    Wildlife Rehabilitation in Guatemala
    May 10-25, 2020

    • Gain hands-on experience in the health and management of primates, psittacines (birds) and reptiles
    • Watch and learn how veterinarians manage care of wildlife in the field where resources are limited
    • Assist in wildlife care at the rehab center, including exams, treatments, surgeries, and necropsies


    Uganda – Entebe, Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
    One Health Uganda: Human, Livestock, and Wildlife Interface

    This trip has benn cancelled for 2020

    • Learn first-hand how humans, livestock, and wildlife coexist in Uganda
    • Discussions with government and veterinary experts on Uganda's zoonotic and non-communicable environmental threats to human and animals
    • Visit ranches near national wildlife areas to lear how they protect the health and welfare of their livestock