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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...

  • 15/02/2016 - 25/02/2016
  • 10/06/2016 - 20/06/2016
  • 15/08/2016 - 25/08/2016
  • 04/11/2016 - 14/11/2016

Dates: (Click for dates)

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

Dates: (Click for dates)

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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  • No Dates Available!

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: Flights (£564) + Accom (£115)

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Volunteer Vet Needed at ITC
WVS PROJECT

Volunteer Vet Needed at ITC India

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!

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: Flights only (approx £650)

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Volunteer Vet Needed at ITC Thailand
WVS PROJECT

Volunteer Vet Needed at ITC Thailand

Volunteer Vet Needed at the ITC centre in Thailand. 

Exciting opportunity to work at canine spay and neuter clinics as well as training Thai and other International vets and animal welfare workers at the WVS ITC Thailand in Chiang Mai.

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  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: Flights (£521) + Accommodation

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Vucjak Animal Shelter
WVS PROJECT

Vucjak Animal Shelter

Experienced veterinary nurses are required for a 1 week placement at this busy animal shelter in Serbia. 

Travel and accommodation costs all covered by WVS.

 

  • 05/09/2015 - 12/09/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

Cost: Basic expenses only.

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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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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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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: £450 - £700 - approx flight cost

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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

  • 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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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

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 Okava...

  • 01/11/2015 - 30/11/2015

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Dog

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

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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

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: CatDog

Cost: £750.00

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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.

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: Primates

Cost: Flights Only

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VACANCY - Vet needed at Yerevan City Zoo Armenia

VACANCY - Vet needed at Yerevan City Zoo Armenia

An exciting opportunity for a vet has arisen in the only public zoo in Armenia, situated in the city of Yerevan. 

  • Dates available all year

Dates: (Click for dates)

Animals: BirdsCatMarinePrimatesWildlife

Cost: N/A

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