Vet Hours and More


Unforgettable animal experiences in Thailand
and much more...

Courses designed for pre-vets

We understand pre-vets. You can’t let a semester pass without making progress towards a competitive vet school application. Join us for animal experiences you can't get anywhere else on the planet all while developing hands-on veterinary skills, building your resume, and having an amazing adventure in Thailand. You won't waste a moment.

Research and veterinary experience hours

When you apply to vet school, you have to describe and record hours for three kinds of experiences: research experiences, veterinary experiences, and animal experiences.

In our semester, you’ll log 250+ hours working with a US veterinarian (DVM) and 20 hours of research. More hours are possible throughout or after the semester through volunteer projects and internships.

Explore many areas of veterinary medicine

Studying in Thailand means you’ll get to experience a ton of different areas of veterinary medicine. For example, the admission materials from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine state: “… [S]upervised experiences in three or more different areas are highly recommended for a competitive application…. small animal, large animal, research, food animal production, exotic, aquatic, wildlife, zoological medicine.”

Loop offers veterinarian-supervised experiences in five areas

  • Small animals – cats and dogs at the Animal Rescue Kingdom
  • Exotic animals – elephants, Asiatic black bears, and primates at the elephant sanctuary and the Dhamma Wildlife Foundation
  • Aquatic animals – sea turtles and other marine vertebrates at New Heaven Dive School
  • Wildlife – various species observed at Chiang Dao Wildlife Reserve and New Heaven Dive School
  • Zoological medicine – learn techniques from both Thai and US vets in shelter and clinical settings
  • Referring to who gets into vet school, the AVMA says, “Varied experience is… helpful. If you have the opportunity to work …for veterinarians who work with difference species, that’s a bonus that can make you more appealing to a veterinary school admissions committee. Get as much experience as you can while you have the opportunity.”

    Cross-cultural shelter and clinical experience

    According to the AVMA, “volunteering at shelters or rescues can provide animal handling experience that will help make you a better candidate [for veterinary school]."

    With Loop, you’ll study shelter management while assisting in a shelter. You’ll study marine vertebrates and then identify them while snorkeling over a coral reef. You aren’t just shadowing at the clinic down the road -- you’re learning first-hand about the communication challenges of practicing in cross-cultural organizations.

    Our semester is designed to give you not only technical knowledge and animal handling experience, but the cultural and communication skills to make the most of your training.

    Workshops to support you in your veterinary goals

    We offer faculty-led workshops to help you with every aspect of applying to Veterinary School and advancing your career. Topics include:

    • Writing and updating a resume
    • How to talk about your experiences in interviews
    • Seeking and finding additional experience
    • Securing letters of recommendation
    • Writing an admissions essay
    • The vet school application process
    • Veterinary career options

    Trying to figure out how the Loop Veterinary Semester fits your your academic plans? Feel free to call us at (617) 412-0838 or send us a message.