If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Veterinary Nursing Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation (ARCAS)

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Flores, Peten, Guatemala
Course # SA 14001
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 07/14/24 to 07/28/24
Summer 2024 06/16/24 to 06/30/24

Program Leader

Name Holly Ann McCalip
Email hmccalip@purdue.edu
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

 ARCAS is a wildlife rescue and rehabiltation center located in northern Guatemala (Peten) on the edge of the Mayan Biosphere.  The majority of the animals at the center come from confiscations due to the wildlife trafficking trade. Students will attend lectures, perfom animal husbandry assignments, learn restraint and handling techniques, assist in medical treatments, all under the direction and supervision of the ARCAS veterinarians and zoologists.  An overnight weekend excursion to Tikal National Park to tour the Mayan ruins is included during the first weekend of the trip.  Expect physically demanding working conditions in high heat and humidity. This is an outstanding educational and animal handling experience.


Academic Credit

This is a 2 credit course.


Veterinary Nursing students that have completed their second year of the on-campus curriculum in good academic standing.

Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning students that are in good academic standing and have completed VM20500 successfully.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Application Deadline

Callout is generally late September with application due by end of October or early November annually.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.