The Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Project in Fiji is a great choice for anyone who loves animals and wants to gain some practical experience in veterinary medicine. Whether you are a student considering a career in veterinary medicine, a qualified vet, or simply a passionate animal lover, you can get involved and have valuable work to do on this placement.
Volunteers work at the Fiji Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) in Suva, the capital of Fiji. The SPCA is a national animal welfare charity and has been caring for animals in Fiji since 1953. In the animal center in Suva there is a small veterinary clinic, a welfare office, and a shelter which works to find homes for abandoned dogs and cats.
As a Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care intern in Fiji you will provide an extra pair of hands. You may have the opportunity to get involved in vaccinations, operations, inspections, spaying and neutering campaigns, and other routine activities. Your level of involvement will of course depend on your skills and qualifications.
The veterinarians and nurses who work in the clinic will be able to share their knowledge and experience with you. By showing initiative and a willingness to get involved, you will be able to gain some valuable work experience while immersing yourself in the fascinating culture of Fiji.
Volunteers working at the SPCA center in Suva may get the opportunity to assist with the treatment of a range of animals, mainly domestic pets. Working alongside the local staff you will learn how to handle animals and reassure their owners. You will have the opportunity to observe how a diagnosis takes place and inoculations are given, and maybe even get to observe operations.
You will also assist with the general running of the animal center. This will involve all areas of animal care at the kennels, such as feeding, training and exercise, bathing and grooming, and cleaning the kennels themselves. You may be asked to assist with administrative tasks in the office, or help with marketing and fundraising at various public events, an area where they are eager for assistance. You may also help to plan and deliver educational talks in schools or at community events to help spread awareness about animal welfare issues. You will be expected to work 7-8 hours per day, and the occasional weekend.