Common Questions

What is FutureVets?

FutureVets is an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for qualified high school students to experience real veterinary medicine. Students will shadow veterinarians as they treat, diagnose, and rehabilitate small and large animals (oftentimes in their natural habit), view surgeries and emergency medicine as it happens, participate in rotations, clinical lab research, nutrition, and anatomy including pathology.

All of these experiences are reserved for third- and fourth-year veterinary school students here in the United States, due to privacy and regulations.

That is why FutureVets can be so essential. We put students into an intense environment where every single day they are taking part in exactly the activities that veterinary students and veterinarians take part in. Allowing passionate and qualified high school students an opportunity to experience right now what previously they’ve only imagined and dreamed of!

Students’ passion, commitment, focus, knowledge, vision for what they want to do with veterinary medicine, and their determination to never give up will be secured.

What are the requirements to attend the program?

FutureVets is an honors only program and therefore requires that all attendees have a 4.0 GPA current or cumulative, weighted or unweighted. All attendees are required to submit GPA verification before the program begins. Additionally, you must be a current high school student, graduating in 2020, 2021, 2022 or 2023.

Will this program help me get into college and/or veterinary school?

The truth is that until students get to veterinary school, they’re just not going to get to do the things that veterinarians do. FutureVets provides students with the opportunity to see, touch, and feel real veterinary medicine in the way that is simply not possible in the United States.

Students will have a truly remarkable hands-on and face-to-face approach to veterinary medicine they cannot get anywhere else.

They come back focused, incredibly motivated, and most importantly, with a fantastic set of experiences and a story to tell in their college applications, medical school applications, and those ultra-critical live admissions interviews.

Will we be split into smaller groups during the experience?

Students will be split into smaller, more intimate groups for the program itself so they can participate in more activities, as well as experience a more hands-on approach.

How can I be assured of safety and security?

FutureVets takes safety and security very seriously. The program staff is always available to our students. If any student has a problem or concern, we’re always there to help and offer support. Each student will have a dedicated chaperone as well as other staff members who will be available 24/7 throughout the program.

As with travel to any international destination, general awareness, staying within the group as required by program policies, and our experienced staff will greatly reduce the likelihood of any safety concerns. All students will be trained on safety and security measures as well as plans of response should a safety concern arise, either locally or elsewhere within the country.

Where will we stay during the program?

transportation to the veterinary school. The hotel will be safe and comfortable with modern amenities. Student accommodations will be single-gender and double occupancy.

Strict curfews will be enforced for students throughout their stay. Each student will be assigned a specific chaperone to report to. Students will be chaperoned at all times when outside the care of the staff at the medical center and hospital. Parents may contact chaperones directly if they cannot reach their child for any reason.

Who will chaperone us during the program?

Students will be chaperoned by a team of staff experienced in managing student programs. Chaperones accompany students on the international flight, stay in the same overnight accommodations, and accompany them on cultural excursions off campus to be available 24/7 to students.

What is the tuition for FutureVets, and what does it include?

The tuition for FutureVets 2020 is $6,800. It includes all program costs, international air travel, accommodations for the duration of the trip, 24/7 chaperones, three daily meals, and your personalized FutureVets Achievement and Leadership Certificate (mailed to you after the program), as well as any local transportation and international health insurance. All international travel plans and accommodations will be arranged by the FutureVets Team and are included in the tuition payment.

Tuition does not include recommended trip cancellation insurance, domestic airfare to the departure location for international travel (or other domestic transportation methods), required visas or passport fees, vaccinations, health records or tests, spending cash for souvenirs or snacks, or airline baggage fees.

What is the refund policy for FutureVets?

Enrollment may be canceled for a full refund of tuition paid if a request is made in writing within 30 days of the first payment, regardless of whether that first payment is a full or partial payment. Refunds can take four to six weeks to process. Beyond 30 days after the first payment, tuition, including all deposits and payments paid, is non-refundable and non-transferable. Unless otherwise stated in the Terms and Conditions or if the program is canceled by FutureVets, no money will be refunded to the student. We strongly encourage families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.

What vaccinations or immunizations will I need?

It is required that all students be up to date on all routine immunizations stated on the CDC website, including DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, MMR, and Varicella (Chickenpox). To access the clinical facilities in Costa Rica, students are also REQUIRED to have Typhoid and Rabies immunizations. Note: Immunization fees are not included in the Tuition.

Do I need a passport?

Yes. Students will need a passport valid through August 15, 2020 for entry into Costa Rica. We strongly advise students to check or apply for their passport as soon as possible, as it can take four to six weeks to receive a new passport. Note: Passport fees are not included in the Tuition.

Do I need a visa?

At this time, citizens of the U.S. do not require a visa to travel to Costa Rica if they are staying for fewer than 90 days. FutureVets will alert students and parents if visa requirements should change in the future.

Do I need to register with the U.S. Embassy?

We will be notifying the local Embassy or Consulate about our students’ stay in the country. For reference, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica is located at:

U.S. Embassy, Costa Rica
Calle 98 Vía 104, Pavas
San Jose, Costa Rica
Telephone: (506) 2519-2000

How do I arrange U.S. domestic travel?

Specific travel details, including flight numbers, travel times, and international airport departure location, will be provided to students no later than four months before the departure date. Students will need to arrange domestic transportation from their home to the international airport departure location and home again.

As a reminder, all international air travel, local transportation, and hotel accommodations will be arranged by FutureVets and are all included in the tuition payment. Students’ international flights will be reserved as a group, along with the flights for the FutureVets Team, who will accompany students on flights from the U.S. to Costa Rica and back.

What if I get sick or injured while on the trip?

If a student becomes ill, is injured, or requires medical treatment on the trip, the chaperone to whom the student is assigned will bring the student to the emergency room and remain with them while parents are contacted immediately. Students will receive the best possible medical care on a VIP basis.

FutureVets requires all students to submit emergency contact information and disclose medical conditions, allergies, dietary restrictions and/or special needs, prescriptions, etc., before the trip so that if it becomes necessary for the student to go to the hospital for any reason, our team has all this important information on hand.

What is the dress code for FutureVets?

Students will be asked to wear scrubs and a white lab coat for all sessions at the veterinary facilities. For weekend excursions and time off from the hospital, students should pack comfortable/casual clothes. Students will receive a suggested packing list prior to departure.

Why choose Costa Rica as a location for FutureVets?

FutureVets has relationships with veterinary organizations and leaders in the education fields in Costa Rica, which allows students this superb access and experience. The veterinary school is located in Coronado, which is a safe, rural suburb of the capital city of San Jose. The students and chaperones will be staying in the modern, Americanized city of San Jose. Costa Rica is a very popular destination because of the country’s uniquely rich biodiversity.

FutureVets’ relationship to prestigious universities and faculties in Costa Rica allows an elite level of access and cooperation for attending students.

While physician and veterinary student mentors will educate the students in English, basic English is spoken throughout San Jose, and less so outside of the city. Students will have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in life in Costa Rica.

All FutureVets activities will take place at the San Francisco de Asis School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and its affiliated hospitals and facilities.

Are there any other expenses for which I will be responsible?

FutureVets tuition includes all program costs, international airfare, accommodations, local in-country transportation, and meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. NOTE: Students with special dietary restrictions are asked to submit this information with the required emergency contact, medical conditions, and prescription medication paperwork before the trip.

Students may want to bring pocket money for their own personal expenses, shopping, personal care items, etc. ($250-$300 should be more than adequate). Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Costa Rica, followed by American Express, and Discover Card is rarely accepted. Parents should ask their credit card companies about their international transaction fees and alert them of the student’s international travel plans beforehand to avoid security holds.

Participants in FutureVets will receive their very own personalized Achievement and Leadership Certificate upon completion of the program.

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