VETERINARY INTERNSHIP in Ecuador: How do we describe our Veterinary internship in Quito? After visiting the Clinic and getting to know the lead Veterinary Surgeon there, it is accurate to say this is probably our very best veterinary internship abroad. Vet interns will be listened to, educated and will receive a hands-on instruction simply not possible in the US for undergrads. Further, this is not your coddled, domestic, small animal vet hospital. Rather, near feral stray dogs, homeless animals, and animals left by the side of the road after horrific car accidents all receive treatment here, as well as domestic pets – and it is busy! Sometimes up to 60 animals each day are seen and treated.
This is a modern, clean and fully equipped Animal Hospital: there is an Infirmary, a small Lab for blood work, a fully equipped operating room and even an area separated just for cats. Upon entry, the Reception area is spacious and welcoming. Then, there are several glass paneled treatment rooms for initial consults. See Photos below!
The lead Doctor, who our candidates will shadow, did his undergraduate work in Houston, and his Doctorate of Veterinary studies in Mexico City. His English is flawless, so even candidates with a lower level of Spanish will be considered for this placement! Space is limited to one or two interns at a time only to ensure full engagement and maximum learning.
EQUINE VETERINARY INTERNSHIP in Ecuador: candidates will shadow an equine veterinarian who works horse owners and their horses all around Quito and sometimes in other towns or cities. Like Equine vets here, and in our program in Scotland, lots of travel involved to visit farms and stables where the horses reside. Work consists of regular check-ups, to surgeries, to dental work, to preventive medicine and emergency operations. 70%-80% is scheduled vet service and about 20% are emergency procedures. There are examples of him staying in a tent to camp next to the horse during emergencies! For surgeries, he can operate either in the field where the horse lives (for a minor process) or use an operating room at a clinic in the valley of Cumbaya, about 25 minutes away from Quito.
This is a travelling, and extremely hands-on work assignment. Low intermediate Spanish is required.
What interns might do:
- Help to exams the animals.
- Assist during surgeries.
- Give vaccinations.
- Give medicines after the veterinarian’s examination.
- Monitoring and check up on animals that are under observation.