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Volunteer Trips

There are a huge variety of placements available with options for volunteers with a range of experience from qualified vets, vet nurses and vet technicians, to students and volunteers with no previous veterinary experience. From chimps to cheetahs, there are a trips that work with a variety of species. We also offer specific training projects for students and new graduates looking to gain practical experience in the field. 

There are two different types of trip available, these are 'Volunteer Placements' and 'WVS Projects'. Sometimes you will be able to find job vacancies we post on behalf of our associated charities as well. Keep checking the page regularly as new placements and opportunities are constantly being uploaded.

Volunteer Placements

WVS assists its associated charities by helping to find volunteers on an ongoing basis to help them provide better care for their animals. Volunteer placements are projects on which WVS is helping to find volunteers on behalf of these animal welfare charities. Usually they are available on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Your application process is dealt with by the WVS team who will also assist you with flight bookings, travel insurance and obtaining veterinary supplies for the charity you will be visiting, but the actual project itself is run by the charity on the ground. They will deal with your arrival and look after you throughout the duration of your stay. 

WVS Projects

These are projects which are organised and funded by WVS. They are usually run on specific dates throughout the year which are advertised in advance and involve a specific campaign, for example spay/neuter, rabies vaccination or veterinary training. For these projects all or part of your travel costs are usually covered as well as your accommodation and travel throughout the project. WVS works with the charity on the ground to implement the project and provides the necessary veterinary supplies and equipment. WVS Projects also include our Emergency Response teams for which we often require very experienced volunteers who are available to take part on short notice. 

Case Studies

Volunteer experiences from previous trips

Animal Hospital - Caribbean

Carriacou Animal Hospital

Carriacou Animal Hospital

I have to say that I was a little bit apprehensive to go volunteering alone, so far from my home country. I had never done anything similar by myself so I think the concern was understandable! WVS has been extremely useful in helping to find a reliable, needing charity and that was the main reason I felt comfortable in going. They help you with insurances, flights, parcels with supplies for the charity and really anything you may need, always in the nicest most helpful way (thank you Chris...

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Animal Care Samos
WVS PROJECT

Animal Care Samos

Animal Care Samos also runs a shelter for stray and abandoned dogs. Where possible, dogs are re-homed (commonly to mainland Europe) following sterilisation and
treatment.

“On a personal basis I found the trip most fulfilling and...

  • 15/08/2015 - 25/08/2015
  • 02/11/2015 - 12/11/2015

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Animals: CatDog

Cost: £300 - £400

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BSPCA - Malawi
WVS PROJECT

BSPCA - Malawi

Blantyre SPCA is a non-profit organisation that rescues and rehomes dogs and cats and offers vaccinations and sterilisation to stray animals or those from low-income households. 

The Blantyre SPCA offers veterinary help to the local Blantyre community and also t...

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: Dog

Cost: Approximately £700 for flights / travel costs.

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DOG SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC IN THAILAND
WVS PROJECT

DOG SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC IN THAILAND

Incredible opportunity for a vet and vet nurse to work at our brand new dog clinic in Thailand. This trip is in association with BLES (Boon Lotts Elephant sanctuary). 

50 % of flight costs paid by WVS  for August Trip

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  • 17/08/2015 - 24/08/2015
  • 26/10/2015 - 01/11/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: Flights (£564) + Accom (£115)

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FELINE SPAY AND NEUTER COURSE IN INDIA
WVS PROJECT

Veterinary Feline Specialist needed to teach at the ITC

This an exciting opportunity of training and passing your knowledge to vets and vet students who are keen to learn soft tissue surgery in felines

  • 11/09/2015 - 30/09/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Cat

Cost: £750

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Volunteer Vet Needed at ITC
WVS PROJECT

Volunteer Vet Needed at ITC

Volunteer Vet Needed at the ITC centre in India. 

Exciting opportunity to work at canine spay and neuter clinics as well as training Indian vets and animal welfare workers at the WVS International Training Centre in Southern India.

This volun...

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: Dog

Cost: Flights only (approx £650)

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SOS Malaysia

Full Time Vet Contract- Malaysia

A full time position for an experienced vet to run the low cost neutering clinic on the beautiful island of Penang. Working with a dedicated team of support staff, local veterinarians and in close contact with WVS for extra support and training of local staff.

1 year...

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: CatDog

Cost: N/A

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Lanta Animal Welfare - Koh Lanta

Lanta Animal Welfare - Koh Lanta

Full time volunteer vet and vet nurse placements available starting as soon as possible at Lanta Animal Welfare, Koh Lanta, Thailand.

 

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: BirdsCatDogFarmPrimatesWildlife

Cost: £507 flights

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Neutering Trip – Sri Lanka

Neutering Trip – Dog Star Sri Lanka

Volunteers work will focus on the sterilisation of dogs and some cats. Volunteers may also be asked to treat other conditions depending on what arises. Dogs will be collected from various areas by Dogstar. No animals are operated on without permission, most are ...

  • 04/12/2015 - 15/12/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: Flights (£607) + Accommodation

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Vucjak Animal Shelter

Vucjak Animal Shelter

Experienced vets and veterinary nurses are required for a 2 week placement at this busy animal shelter in Serbia. Minimum 2 weeks. 

Travel and accommodation costs all covered by WVS.

Dates may be flexible within August / September.&nbs...

  • 17/08/2015 - 31/08/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: Basic expenses only.

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WVS PROJECT

Surgical training for vet grads / students

The WVS International Training Centre in India is running ABC courses for vet / vet nurse new graduates and students.  This exciting course will give you hands on surgical experience, while supporting a vital ABC programme in the surrounding towns and villages.

  • 04/01/2016 - 15/01/2016
  • 25/01/2016 - 05/02/2016
  • 08/02/2016 - 19/02/2016
  • 21/03/2016 - 01/04/2016
  • 09/05/2016 - 20/05/2016
  • 25/07/2016 - 05/08/2016
  • 08/08/2016 - 19/08/2016

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: £650 (exc. flights)

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Trek Fest Fundraising Challenge
WVS PROJECT

TrekFest Fundraising Challenge 2015

Take part in TrekFest 2015 and raise funds for WVS. Choose from three different challenge routes, with ranging distances in two stunning UK locations; The Brecon Beacons and The Peak District.

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals:

Cost: £120 - £440

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Vet and Vet Nurses needed in India
WVS PROJECT

Vet and Vet Nurses needed in India

Volunteer vet Nurses and Vets with a minimum 5 years experience are required to take part in a Spay and Neuter Clinic in India. 

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: N/A

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WVS PROJECT

Volunteers for student surgical training courses

Help the WVS India team at the International Training Centre to train international vet students and new graduates.

 

AVAILABLE FROM APRIL ONWARDS

  • 10/08/2015 - 21/08/2015
  • 24/08/2015 - 04/09/2015
  • 07/09/2015 - 18/09/2015
  • 22/09/2015 - 02/10/2015
  • 05/10/2015 - 16/10/2015
  • 19/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
  • 02/11/2015 - 13/11/2015
  • 16/11/2015 - 27/11/2015
  • 30/11/2015 - 11/12/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: Flights only (approx £650)

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WVS PROJECT

Volunteers for veterinary training courses in India

Exciting opportunity to train Indian vets and animal welfare workers at the WVS International Training Centre in Southern India.

 

  • No Dates Available!

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDogEquineFarm

Cost: Flights only (approx £650)

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Animal Hospital - Caribbean

Qualified experienced vets are required to volunteer at this busy animal hospital on the beautiful island of Carriacou. (Two weeks minimum). Veterinary nurses also welcome. 

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: CatDog

Cost: £800 for flights (plus food costs)

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Baboon Sanctuary - Vet/VN/Student Vacancy

Baboon Sanctuary and rehabilitation centre in South Africa require a veterinary volunteer, for a 2 month minimum placement. Vets, nurses and veterinary students are welcome to apply. 

Other placements are also available on an ongoing basis throughout the year.&n...

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: Primates

Cost: N/A

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Bosnia & Herzegovina – Veterinary Training Course

Bosnia & Herzegovina – Veterinary Training Course

Volunteer vet Nurses with a minimum 5 years experience are required to take part in a veterinary training project in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

  • 09/11/2015 - 14/11/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: N/A

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Botswana neutering & outreach project

Dates available all year. 

An exciting opportunity for veterinary volunteers to get involved with this animal welfare and neutering project in Botswana. Volunteers also have the opportunity, at a small additional cost, to experience a safari in...

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: Dog

Cost: Flights (from £800 to £1,300) + registration fee (£100)

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Cambodia Bear Sanctuary volunteer project

Ongoing volunteer placements available at a bear sanctuary in Cambodia. (Min. 1 week - Max 8 weeks). A unique, once in a lifetime opportunity of non veterinary volunteers to go behind the scenes at this world class bear rescue facility. 

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: Wildlife

Cost: Flights and $350 per week

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Cat Neutering- Ibiza

Cat Neutering- Ibiza

Experienced Vets and Vet Nurses required to assist this established cat welfare charity for one week of neutering in Ibiza, October 2015.
 

  • 10/10/2015 - 24/10/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Cat

Cost: Flights & Food Approx £150

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Donkey Welfare- Long Term

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is a small UK Registered Charity working in The Gambia to reduce rural poverty through improving the health, welfare and productivity of working equines. We have a team of approximately 20 Gambian staff and usually two overseas volun...

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: Equine

Cost: N/A

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GASAH Trip Kos

GASAH Trip Kos

An amazing opportunity for an experienced vet assistant or animal keeper with practical experience to work on the beautiful Greek Island of Kos. 

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: CatDogFarm

Cost: N/A

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Greece Cat Neutering Project

Qualified and experienced Vets and Vet Nurses required throughout the year for stray cat neutering projects in Greece. 

Dates available from January 2016

  • 01/01/2016 - 08/02/2016

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Cat

Cost: 50% of flight cost

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Grenada SPCA - Volunteer Vets and Vet Nurses

Looking for volunteer Vets and Vet Nurses to lend a helping hand at the charity animal shelter on the beautiful Island of Grenada in the West Indies! Volunteers will be required to assist in general health checks and surgeries.  

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: CatDog

Cost: £750.00

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Lanta Animal Welfare - Koh Lanta

Lanta Animal Welfare - Koh Lanta

Vet need from 24th June until 15th July at Lanta Animal Welfare, Koh Lanta, Thailand.

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: Dog

Cost: £507

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Limbe Wildlife Centre - Volunteer Vet Program

A fantastic opportunity to work in the field of conservation medicines whilst gaining invaluable practical experience of working with endangered Central African wildlife species at this busy wildlife centre in Cameroon.

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: PrimatesWildlife

Cost: N/A

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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife - Night Supervisor

Nosara Refuge for Wildlife - Howler Monkey Placement

Incredible opportunity for a experienced primate vet to learn about the caring and treatment of Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica.

  • No Dates Available!

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Primates

Cost: Flights Only

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Sri Lanka- Animal Sanctuary

Vets, nurses and clinic assistants required on an ongoing basis to assist this animal sanctuary in Sri Lanka with efforts to rescue and treat sick and injured street cats and dogs.

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: CatDog

Cost: Flights approx £700 + food

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Turtle Conservation - Caribbean Adventure

This exciting trip takes volunteers to the beautiful Island of Carriacou, Grenada in the West Indies to work on a conservation project saving the critically endangered Leatherback and Hawksbill turtles. From carrying out night patrols on the beach, tagging post-nesting turtles...

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: Marine

Cost: Flights & accommodation (approx £1,000)

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Vacancy - Surgical Nurse (Thailand)

Charity looking for an experienced surgical nurse to work at their shelter located at the edge of the jungle on the beautiful Thai Island of Koh Chang.

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: CatDog

Cost: N/A

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Volunteer in the Cook Islands

Veterinarians, vet nurses, vet students, humane educators and event planners/fundraisers needed to volunteer in the beautiful Cook Islands.

The Esther Honey Foundation, named one of the world’s "100 best volunteer vacations to enrich your life" in...

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: CatDog

Cost: Flights Program Fee

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