Although my study abroad trip was relatively brief, it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I can’t think of anywhere else I would have been able to get that much hands on experience working with all different types of animals, large and small. Practicing sutures on bananas and chicken breasts is a lot different than actually closing up a dog after her spay. We were able to visit so many different farms, learn about diseases and treatments, perform many procedures, and we had so much fun along the way!
In between our field work and lectures, we were able to explore the natural wonders of Belize by horseback riding through the jungle, swimming in waterfalls, canoeing in mystic caves, and hiking ancient ruins. Belizeans take so much pride in their conservation efforts and preservation of their beautiful country. I am so glad they were able to share it with me for two weeks.
I had hoped that this trip would help me decide if I wanted to apply to veterinary school or not. Almost everyone else on the trip was pre-vet or already applying, and to be honest, that was very overwhelming for me. I have decided to take a year off once I graduate, and then I might apply to vet school next year. Hopefully another year working in a vet hospital will give me the experience needed to make that decision and start finding my path in life. Nonetheless, I will never forget my time in Belize, and I can’t thank everyone that has helped it happen enough. To any animal science major reading this, pre-vet or not, I HIGHLY recommend taking the CELA Large Animal Practices in the Tropics class in Belize. You will learn and experience so much, and have the time of your life doing it.