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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Biomedical Science Semester

Faculty Member Donald J. Brightsmith
General Course Description

Required "core" courses and tropical rain forest. Key electives and a weekend at the beach. Top flight faculty and volcanoes. This program offers an unbeatable combination for students working towards a degree in Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Meds, Pre-Vets, and others who want to have the semester of a lifetime while still advancing their degree plan.

More information about the Costa Rica Biomedical Science Semester can be found here.

Credit

A total of 12 credit hours are offered for this program. Pre-Med and Pre-Vet students as well as all majors are encouraged to apply. Students will enroll in the following courses:

  • VTPB 489: One Health and Ecology in the Tropics (3 credit hours)
  • VTPB 405: Biomedical Microbiology (5 credit hours)
  • VIBS/GENE 320: Biomedical Genetics (3 credit hours)
  • BIMS 481: Seminar in Biomedical Writing (1 credit hour)
  • VTPB 303: International Medical Communication (2 credit hours)
  • Spanish (up to 3 transfer credits available)

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Germany

VTPP 948: Veterinary Medicine in Europe: Past, Present, and Future

Faculty Member Jeremy S. Wasser
General Course Description This elective course is offered to veterinary students who have completed either their first or second years of our DVM curriculum. By the end of this elective students will have had a four week long, immersive experience in the world of German and Dutch veterinary medical training and practice. They will have had the opportunity to live and work with German and Dutch veterinary students, round with them in the clinics in two of the five German veterinary schools and at the school in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and listen to special lectures by European authorities in the fields of veterinary medical history and European concerns and issues in veterinary medical education and practice. Our students will return to Texas from this experience with a far broader understanding of the global nature of veterinary medical practice in the 21st century and why an internationalist approach to training and practice are important.
Credit A total of 4 credit hours are offered for this program. Students will enroll in the following course:

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VTPP 401: History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe

Faculty Member Jeremy S. Wasser
General Course Description This course is offered to students majoring in the life sciences (broadly defined and including BIMS, BMEN, ANSC, BIOL, GENE, and other majors) and who have completed 55 hours of academic coursework or more by the end of the semester prior to the start of the program. VTPP 401 is offered during a 3-week long wintermester study abroad, a 5-week long program offered during Summer 2, and as part of the Germany Bioscience Semester study abroad in the spring. Along with a descriptive survey of some of the key events and figures in the development of human and veterinary medical practices in Europe dating from antiquity to the present, this course will also explore the historical backgrounds of several issues of modern-day biomedical concern including animal rights, the ethics of human experimentation and the application of biomedical research for military purposes. The course will be directed toward undergraduate students at the junior/senior level who are planning postbaccalaureate training in biomedical science as either clinical (M.D., D.V.M, D.D.S.) or research (M.S., Ph.D.) professionals.
Credit VTTP 401: (4 hrs) History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe

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Peru

Peru 1

Faculty Member Donald J. Brightsmith
General Course Description

ABS Field School in the Peruvian Amazon introduces students to the social and biological realities of conservation and research in Latin America.

More complete information can be found at http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11163

Credit

A total of 4 credit hours are offered for this program. Students will enroll in one of the following courses:

  • WFSC/RPTS/VTPB 489: ABS Amazon Field School
  • WFSC/RPTS/VTPB 689: ABS Amazon Field School (Graduate)

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South Africa

South Africa Conservation Medicine

Faculty Member Alice Blue-McLendon
General Course Description

This course is offered to students in the DVM curriculum who would like to participate in a study-abroad trip to South Africa to learn about conservation medicine. Students will learn how African species are managed at wildlife parks and games preserves. Student will become familiar with certain aspects of hoofstock medicine including common diseases and preventative medicine. Students will gain direct experience with many aspects of chemical immobilization including skills needed, drugs and darting equipment. Students will assist in the immobilization of animals during this trip.

More complete information can be found at http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11993

Credit
  • VTPP 948: Conservation Medicine and Management for Veterinary Students (4 hrs)
  • VTPP 985: Directed Studies (1-4 hrs)

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VTPB 948 - Introduction to Conservation Medicine in Africa

Faculty Member Dr. James Derr and Dr. Linda Logan
General Course Description:

You will leave this experience with a new found appreciation for the role of veterinarians in large landscape wildlife conservation medicine and return to the U.S. with newly developed skills to apply to wildlife health and sustainability issues across the State of Texas.

Wildlife experts will guide participants through activities including animal restraint, administering drugs, field surgery and darting. Other experiential learning could include interaction with crocodiles, buffalo, and rhinos.

More information can be found about the Africa Wildlife Conservation and Health course at http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=17170

Credit 4 Credits

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