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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 and veterinary nurses to students and volunteers with no previous veterinary experience. 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'. 

Volunteer Placements

WVS assists its associated charities by helping to find volunteers on an ongoing basis. Volunteer placements are projects on which WVS is helping to find volunteers on behalf of these 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

Help Street Dogs and Cats in Phuket

Soi Dog Foundation, Phuket

"In January 2013 I spent two weeks doing voluntary veterinary work for the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand. It is incredible what the foundation has achieved to improve the welfare of stray dogs in Phuket over the last decade. The shelter provides treatment and preventative care for the street dogs of Phuket and is also home to around 200 permanent canine residents.

Our daily workload involved the care and treatment of the endless flow of sick and injured dogs and cats broug...

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Amazon - Spay/Neuter Project

Amazon Adventure

A day volunteering for Amazon Cares

Woke up to the sounds of the jungle in our twin bungalow at San Pedro Lodge.

After a quick shower and breakfast of delicious fresh banana pancakes and jungle fruit juice, we headed down to the river to start another day of the two-week campaign. This morning we were greeted by three eager members of San Pedro village where we had already neutered twenty-five animals a few days previously. They were ready to join our regular...

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Animal Hospital - Caribbean

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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Bosnia Street Dog Neutering Project

Qualified experienced vets required for street dog neutering trip to Bosnia. Costs will be covered for flights, travel insurance, accommodation and meals for successful applicants. 

  • 25/05/2014 - 30/06/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: n/a

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WVS PROJECT

Animal Welfare Clinic and Training Sierra Leone

Working alongside a long running team in Freetown Sierra Leone. Volunteers will be participating in an outreach neutering program and daily clinic duties as well as training with local staff to improve clinical protocols and sterility practices.

  • 26/05/2014 - 23/06/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: Flights aprox £800 return (Contribution towards flights for suitably experienced volunteers).

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WVS PROJECT

Equine Welfare and Education Programme Portugal

An exciting new project working with horses belonging to the Roma gypsy communities around the Algarve. As well as medical treatments the volunteer will perform health assessments and a community awareness programme.  

 

Project dates can be...

  • 01/07/2014 - 31/07/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Equine

Cost: Flights aprox £150 return (£50 will be reimbursed upon completion of a full trip report)

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WVS PROJECT

Kilimanjaro Fundraising Challenge

Take part in an experience of a lifetime and get a real sense of achievement through conquering one of the tallest mountains in the world while supporting WVS.

  • 01/10/2014 - 11/10/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals:

Cost: regsitration fee of £475 + Sponsorship of £3990

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WVS PROJECT

Mega Drive Goa – Mission Rabies

Take on an amazing 28,000 dog sterilisation and vaccination drive to humanely control the dog population and sustainably eliminate rabies in the whole state of Goa! An amazing opportunity for skilled small animal vets with over two years’ experience to take on the challe...

  • 03/05/2014 - 27/09/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: £360 + flights

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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.

  • 06/10/2014 - 17/10/2014
  • 05/01/2015 - 16/01/2015
  • 23/03/2015 - 03/04/2015
  • 11/05/2015 - 22/05/2015
  • 27/07/2015 - 07/08/2015
  • 11/08/2015 - 22/08/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: £600 (exc. flights)

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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. 

  • 12/05/2014 - 23/05/2014
  • 11/08/2014 - 22/08/2014
  • 08/09/2014 - 19/09/2014

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.

  • 28/04/2014 - 09/05/2014
  • 26/05/2014 - 06/06/2014
  • 09/06/2014 - 20/06/2014
  • 28/07/2014 - 08/08/2014
  • 25/08/2014 - 05/09/2014
  • 22/09/2014 - 03/10/2014
  • 20/10/2014 - 31/10/2014
  • 03/11/2014 - 14/11/2014
  • 17/11/2014 - 28/11/2014
  • 01/12/2014 - 12/12/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDogEquineFarm

Cost: Flights only (approx £650)

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Amazon - Spay/Neuter Project

Vets, nurses, technicians, veterinary assistants and experienced animal handlers are required to assist on this spay/neuter project for street dogs and cats and owned animals from low income families.

Some trips include day trips or a complete 5-day jungle expedition...

  • 08/06/2014 - 22/06/2014
  • 05/10/2014 - 19/10/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: $700 + flight costs

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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

Dates: (Click for dates)

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, ideally from October, for a 2 month minimum placement. Vets, nurses and veterinary students are welcome to apply. 

Other placements are also available on an ongoing ba...

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Primates

Cost: N/A

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Bear Rescue Centre - China & Vietnam

Amazing opportunity for ongoing volunteer placements at AAF bear rescue centre's in China or Vietnam. Opportunities available for qualified veterinary nurses and people with suitable animal management experience.

  • No Dates Available!

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Wildlife

Cost: Flights & Visa only

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Borneo - Vet Nurse Vacancy

Veterinary Nurse vacancy in Borneo: Help improve animal welfare in Indonesia by sharing your skills and experience! 6 - 12 month placement.  Couples are welcome to apply. Housing and food provided. 

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDogWildlife

Cost: N/A

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Borneo Neutering Project- Long Term Vacancies

An exciting opportunity for experienced vets to be involved in the start up of a Stray dog neutering project in Borneo.

The charity have been working in the area for the last few years and are now in the position to start a full time neutering project.

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  • 01/10/2014 - 01/06/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDogWildlife

Cost: N/A

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Botswana neutering & outreach project

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 the incredible Okavango Delta - home to a huge variety o...

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

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

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Wildlife

Cost: Flights and $350 per week

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Cat neutering in the Algarve

The aim of the project is to neuter feral and stray cats in the Algarve region of Portugal in order to control population numbers and improve welfare. You may also be required to treat any injuries or health problems that are presented.

  • No Dates Available!

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Cat

Cost: Flight cost (aprox 100 GBP)

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Cyprus - Animal Care Volunteer

Volunteers needed, preferably with veterinary background, to assist small family run cat and dog rescue in Cyprus. 

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: £150 - £200

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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. 

  • 13/10/2014 - 19/10/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Cat

Cost: 50% of flight cost

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Greek Animal Shelter / Clinic

Qualified and experienced vets and nurses required to provide assistance at this busy charity clinic on the greek island of Samos.

 

  • 08/09/2014 - 18/09/2014
  • 03/11/2014 - 13/11/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: £400 - flight cost and meals

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Grenada SPCA - Volunteer Vets

Volunteer vets are required to help at a charity clinic on the beautiful Island of Grenada in the West Indies to work with the GSPCA helping out with general health checks and surgeries.

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: £750.00

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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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Long term vet volunteer - India

A qualified and experienced vet is required at a busy animal shelter in Tamil Nadu to support the team with surgeries, training of young local vets and management of short term volunteers. 

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDogEquineFarmPrimates

Cost: Flight costs only

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Long Term Vet Volunteer- Malaysia

One long term veterinary surgeon required for spay and neuter project, Malaysia.

  • No Dates Available!

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: N/A

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Malawi - Animal Care Volunteer

Exciting opportunity to volunteer at this busy wildlife centre in Malawi - get involved with wild animal rescue, rehabilitation and release as well as education and community projects that make a real difference to wildlife conservation within the local community. 

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  • Dates available all year

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Animals: PrimatesWildlife

Cost: N/A

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Malawi - Long term Veterinary position

 

The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is Malawi’s only internationally accredited wildlife sanctuary counting the likes of the Tusk Trust, Born Free Foundation and the AAP Foundation amongst our supporters.  As a ‘People and Wildlife’ project we...

  • Dates available all year

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Animals: BirdsPrimatesWildlife

Cost: N/A

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Primate Sanctuary - South Africa

A long term vacancy for a veterinary nurse has become available at a primate sanctuary in South Africa. Volunteer role but board and lodging is provided in return for your work at the sanctuary. 

Short term volunteer opportunities are also available for non...

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Primates

Cost: N/A

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Thailand - Volunteer Vet & Vet Nurse/Vet Student

Senior Vet (experienced), Vet Nurse or Vet Student, required to volunteer their skills for 6 months or more.

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: N/A

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Thailand Neutering / Welfare Project

Opportunity to help provide vital veterinary aid to a busy dog shelter in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The shelter is currently home to around 180 dogs and help is needed to carry out sterilisations, vaccinations and general veterinary treatments as needed. The charity requires he...

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: Flights & Accommodation (approx £800)

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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 turt...

  • 01/05/2014 - 31/05/2014
  • 01/06/2014 - 30/06/2014
  • 01/07/2014 - 31/07/2014
  • 01/08/2014 - 31/08/2014

Dates: (Click for dates)

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 Cape Verde

Volunteer places available for both vets and non veterinary volunteers at a busy animal shelter and clinic in Cape Verde. 

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

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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Zambian Adventure

An adventure in to the heart of Africa. The WVS Zambian Adventure takes you behind the scenes of wildlife conservation organisations, while experiencing the natural beauty of this magnificent country.

2014 dates available soon

  • No Dates Available!

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Animals: DogWildlife

Cost: From £3,250

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