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Dog and Cat Vet Program in Thailand

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Location:  Krabi, Thailand 
Type of Assignment:  Animal care
Project Duration:  Minimum 4 Weeks
Activities: Regular sterilization programs for stray animals, surgery and treatment of sick animals in a controlled environment.

    

The Organization

How is the Organization involved with the community?

The project was founded to stop the suffering of the homeless, abused, and injured stray animals in the community. In less than 10 years, the clinic has treated and sterilized over 7,000 animals, successfully making a visible difference in the area and surrounding islands.

As a one-of-a-kind clinic in the area, they perform surgery and treat sick animals in a controlled environment, go out dog-catching, have regular sterilization programs for the stray animals, and provide every animal with a free rabies vaccination.

To further community development the project also runs an animal welfare education program in schools for children ranging in ages from 5 to 10. The education project offers children information about animals and their needs– food, shelter, medical care and love. The project committed to changing the community’s perception on stray animals, reducing the number of homeless cats and dogs, and securing a better quality of life.


What role will you play at the clinic?

Vets will need to distribute their time between fulfilling the centre’s primary goal of sterilization and providing medical treatment for incoming patients.

New grads (graduated within a year of placement) will be given the opportunity to perform sterilizations and basic surgical procedures independently once the Senior Vet determines he/she is competent. Sometimes a crossover placement can be coordinated, in which the grad is trained by a departing Vet for a few weeks. Then, for the remainder of their time the grad can operate independently.

In addition to the above, volunteers will have to conduct weekly health checks on all the shelter's animals.

For vet nurses and students, some limitation to their scope of surgical activity may apply.

If there is no senior vet on site, new grads and vet nurses and students will be asked to do general volunteer work at the shelter.

Local wildlife is often brought in (sea hawks, monkeys, turtles), in which you might have an opportunity to assist in the rehabilitation.


What are the daily volunteer activities in this project?

Volunteer work schedule: six days a week, 9am-6pm with one day off per week.

New grads (graduated within a year of placement) will be given the opportunity to perform sterilizations and on call emergency procedures several nights a week, up to seven nights a week in the event of volunteer vet shortages. On call hours are between 5:00 pm and 9:00 am.

The center functions primarily as a sterilization clinic and most days are organized with this as a priority. However, because it is the only animal medical response facility in the area, demand for medical attention comes in, sometimes in high numbers, and we ask for the volunteers be flexible and prepared to respond to these kinds of scenarios. This can mean overtime hours and on-call availability.

There is currently a resident Thai vet, but he only here temporarily. There is no resident vet nurse. Vets must be prepared to alternate and share duties in the absence of a vet nurse volunteer.

At times, the center organizes mobile sterilization clinic events, and because they are the only sterilization clinic in the area, demand is high. Because of a lack of sophisticated medical equipment, the clinic is unable to do many diagnostics and procedures. For those needs; we direct our clients to further mainland animal hospitals. The center holds 30 dogs and 20 cats who are looked after daily by staff and vets.

Program Details

Quick facts about the trip:

Project duration:  Minimum 3 weeks, 12 weeks maximum.
Project Location:   Krabi Province, Thailand.
Airport of arrival: Phuket (HKT) or Krabi (KBV)
Activities:  Regular sterilization programs for stray animals, surgery and treatment of sick animals in a controlled environment.
Working Hours:  Six days a week: 9am-6pm. On call for emergencies several nights a week, up to seven nights a week in the event of volunteer vet shortages.
Accommodation:  Volunteer house.
Requirements:

  • Senior Vets - minimum of two years and experienced with sterilizations of dogs and cats.
  • New Grads - graduated within a year of placement
  • Vet nurses and vet students - may also apply with proof of their qualifications


What's included:

Accommodation: Shared accommodation is available on site and is limited. Rooms are basic, have bunk beds, fans, a basic bathroom and shower (no hot water). Free wifi.
Pre-departure Orientation and Onsite Training::  Volunteers receive a comprehensive workshop on being a volunteer in the project, safety and security in the destination country, culture shock, and pre-departure preparations.
Support::  24/7 during your volunteering time.
Additional activities: A cooking class and a welcome drink at a Thai fusion restaurant.


What's not included:

Flights, visas, meals, aiport pickup

Rates

Program Duration Cost (USD)
4 to 12 weeks, one-off fee 440.00

* USD 150 from the fee will be given as a direct donation to the Organization.

All Registration Fees are included in the prices above.