Travel and prepare for your future career

Follow your passion for vet medicine while exploring the World and meeting like-minded people.

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Learn how to care for animals from 20 species

You’ll spend time with cats, dogs, cows, sheep, horses, boars, rabbits, a spunky lama, and many, many more. From daily care and feeding, to special needs, hand rearing, and veterinary checks ─ be in the midst of the action.

Featured: Giulia the cow with her calf and a friend

Spend time with the vets and expand your knowledge

Prepare for Vet School with ethical shadowing and hands-on training. Build your experience learning from professional veterinarians and animal carers, along with other students sharing your passion. Gain confidence in your skills and further drive towards your future as a vet.

Featured: Vet specialist performing a CT scan on an injured turkey

The best Pre-med and Pre-vet Summer Program in Italy

The DoctorsinItaly Fellowship Program was build for Pre-med and Pre-health students, and now has a chapter for Pre-vet and Health Sciences students. 

Pre-med students spend their shadowing hours in a hospital setting, while Pre-vet students spend their days at two of the most famous animal rescues in Italy, working alongside veterinarians, animal carers, and the whole team at the farm.


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Meet Patty the parrot, Kruzco the llama, Casimiro the bull, and other 300 animals living free

At the animal rescue you’ll get inside knowledge on the lives of animals, spending time with a wide variety of animals, each with their own personality. You’ll learn what it takes for them to live a happy and healthy life, how they interact with each other and with their human carers, what types of diseases they need to be checked for, and how a vet can take care of them, whether they have fur or feathers.

Featured: Patty the parrot, a beloved inhabitant of the rescue

Discover the beauty of Rome

Our expert local coordinators will guide you through an immersive experience in Italy. Make friends, discover Rome and its stunning surroundings, enjoy Italian food, and travel to dream-come-true destinations during the weekend.

This international experience will develop your cultural competence. it will open your mind to different cultures, and help you thrive in a world that is ever more connected. 

It’s a chance for you to challenge yourself and your limits and grow to be a better communicator and a leader in your field.

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A friendly and welcoming setting, with stunning natural views

Located 30 minutes away from Rome, Italy, the animal rescue you’ll be paired with is immersed in nature, on a hilltop with breath-taking scenery. You’ll be taken there daily, and will stay in a nice apartment mid-way to the city center.
You’ll be immersed in nature and will spend most of your time outdoors at the animal rescue and the surrounding hills. You’ll also be able to discover Rome through guided tours and excursions.

Your accommodation will be near the rescue for the first 11 nights, and in Rome’s city center for the last 2 nights.

Featured: A group of sheep enjoy the view at dusk

Animal rescue internship in Italy

Dates and fees

Group I – May 30 2022 to June 12 2022

Group II – July 18 2022 to July 31 2022

Fees: €3750 (4200$)

The fees include: housing, transportation, medical insurance, daily breakfast and dinner, two group excursions, two lunches, 24/7 on-site support.
Airfare is not included.

Program structure

This short-term internship-type program runs for 2 weeks and includes 5 hours per day shadowing animal caregivers and vets and learning how to provide care to the animals at the rescue, for a total of 40 hours of learning and service. The purpose is for you to learn about the lives and health of the animals, guided by experts in veterinary medicine, animal nutrition, animal care, as well as animal rescue professionals.
After having lunch together, students are transported to the rescue where they spend their afternoons and evenings (that’s when animals are most active during the summer).
On two mornings each week, the students join city tours and other cultural immersion activities in Rome and its surroundings.
Fridays are dedicated to a day-trip to a different city in Italy.
Weekends are free for students to arrange their own travel, or stay in and relax.

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Have questions? Not sure whether the program is right for you? Contact us to speak with our admissions team. We’ll be happy to share more.

Who we are

We believe there is only one health. We have a background in human medicine and a passion for animal welfare.

We offer ethical and responsible shadowing programs to pre-vet and vet students who share our commitment to animal welfare and respect for all living beings.

DoctorsinItaly is a purpose-driven company launched together with our shareholder, Bocconi University, the most prestigious School of Economics in Italy.

We work to internationalize healthcare through technology and education, connecting culturally competent doctors with the community of travelers, digital nomads and remote workers, lowering the language and cultural barriers to accessing healthcare in Italy.

The DoctorsinItaly Fellowship Program was established in 2018, with the purpose of providing a unique growth opportunity to students from all over the world who are on a path to become members of a global community of medical professionals. 

Our educational mission is to foster a culture of inclusion and prepare students for the future of medicine (human and veterinary) in a borderless world.

We want to make health professionals of the future used to international settings, aware of differences, and equipped with a worldwide network of contacts that will be so precious in a post-pandemic world.

We abide by the Standards of Good Practice set out by the Forum on Education Abroad the US Standards Development Organization for the field.

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