Veterinary Medicine in Brazil

4 - 17 Aug 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension: Iguassu Falls or Paraty

About the tour

Brazil is one of the world's most captivating countries. From the white sand beaches, to wild rainforests and rhythm-filled metropolises, it’s a country that has a rich history and varied culture. 

Take a specialist view of beautiful Brazil on this new veterinary tour, which provides fascinating access to veterinary medicine in both rural and urban areas. Brazilian vets have a high level of specialisation, with little crossover between catering for domestic animals, larger animals on farms, equine and wildlife conservation. Travel from iconic Rio de Janeiro to the atmospheric old city of Salvador in Bahia, into the heart of the Amazon and back down to spectacular Rio. Your journey will be punctuated with regular professional visits and talks and will provide real insight into veterinary science and practice in Brazil and the challenges that vets face in treating both wild and domestic animals.

Starting in Rio, visit the Fluminense Veterinary School at the University of Rio de Janeiro, along with a domestic veterinary clinic and a visit to meet with equine vets at the Jockey Club. Continue north to Salvador and meet with vets working with dairy farms as well as sea life conservation projects. Head into the Amazon to see the new veterinary school in Manaus and INPA, a research institute working on manatee projects. 

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Veterinary Medicine in Brazil

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Dr William Renato da Silva Mendes

Dr William Renato da Silva Mendes

Dr. William Renato da Silva Mendes is a veterinarian in Rio de Janeiro who specializes in dermatology and endocrinology.  In 2003 he entered university to pursue his life-long dream of studying veterinary medicine.  William earned his Bachelor degree from Castelo Branco University and his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Fluminense Federal University.  In addition, for over 25 years he has worked as a professional tour guide, leading visitors in Rio de Janeiro, throughout Brasil and on trips to Europe.  Today William divides his time between working as a vet at two clinics in Rio and as a tour guide. 

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 4 Aug (Sat) Rio de Janeiro: Arrive in Rio and check in to your hotel
  • 5 Aug (Sun) Rio de Janeiro: Take a scenic train ride to Corcovador Mountain to visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer and enjoy the views. Take a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain, stopping at Morro de Urca and walk to the next station with a lovely panorama of Copacabana. Welcome dinner in the evening
  • 6 Aug (Mon) Rio de Janeiro: Visit Fluminense Federal University Veterinary School and meet with staff. In the afternoon visit a domestic veterinary clinic 
  • 7 Aug (Tues) Rio de Janeiro: Visit the equine veterinarians at the Rio Jockey Club and see their facilities and hear about their work. The afternoon is at leisure before returning to the Jockey Club in the evening for the races and see the vets at work.
  • 8 Aug (Wed) Rio de Janeiro/ Salvador: Fly to Salvador and transfer to the hotel. Orientation walk of the area before dinner
  • 9 Aug (Thurs) Salvador:  Morning tour of historic Salvador including the colourful buildings of Pelourinho and the Afro Brazilian Museum, housed in the first medical school at Terreiro de Jesus. Enjoy traditional Bahian cuisine and at leisure
  • 10 Aug (Fri) Salvador: Drive out to the Bahian countryside to meet with local vets who are working with farmers. Return to the city in the late afternoon. 
  • 11 Aug ( Sat) Salvador: Visit to the TAMAR turtle project located up the coast from Salvador and learn about their marine life conservation work. Return to Salvador in the late afternoon
  • 12 Aug ( Sun) Salvador/ Manaus: Fly to Manaus. Transfer to the lodge by car and boat with the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the lodge's surroundings and activities
  • 13 Aug ( Mon) Manaus: Day to enjoy the activities at the lodge including rainforest walks, fishing tours, visiting a local village. Optional night canoe ride to see the nightlife
  • 14 Aug (Tues) Manaus: Head into the city of Manaus and visit their newly opened veterinary school with the first veterinary hospital in Manaus. In the afternoon visit INPA, a research institute and meet the vets who are working on the manatee project
  • 15 Aug (Wed) Manaus / Rio de Janeiro: Fly to Rio. Arrive into Rio in the evening and transfer to the hotel
  • 16 Aug (Thurs) Rio de Janeiro: Day at leisure to relax or enjoy one of the optional trips, including the tour to visit the Golden Tamarin Conservation project, a cooking class or explore the botanical gardens. Farewell dinner in the evening
  • 17 Aug (Fri) Rio de Janeiro: make your way to the airport for the flight home or extend to Iguassu Falls or Paraty


  • A two night extension to Iguassu Falls and a three night extension to the colonial town of Paraty are available either pre or post tour. please contact us for more information. 

Tour cost

$4,715 per person ( ground only excluding International flights)