Volunteer in Veterinary Science Abroad

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Volunteering Abroad in Veterinary Medicine


316 Veterinary Science Volunteer Abroad Programs


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There is never a shortage of opportunities when it comes to your veterinary skills! If your passion is working with animals, then consider participating in one of veterinary programs. Assist experienced veterinarians with medical and surgical needs at a shelter or a clinic. This is your chance to improve your skills with animals that need your care!


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The African lion population has diminished by 80 - 90% in the past 40 years. The aim of the Lion Rehabilitation Program, African Impacts own pilot project, is to release and therefore restore lion populations through a 4 stage program. The project has been designed that it will also provide social benefits to surrounding communities. Volunteers are involved in research of lion behaviour an...

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Volunteers are required NOW through International Volunteer HQ's partner organization in Guatemala! With a wide range of volunteering placements available, volunteers can choose from teaching English, childcare and orphanage work, medical placements, work with elderly, animal care and animal rights, and construction and renovation work in Guatemala. * Teaching English The ability to speak Eng...


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Love Volunteers' participants will have the chance to travel abroad and experience new cultures all while providing essential support to communities in real need. Join us now! Participate in Love Volunteers' Veterinary-based voluntary service projects and have a truly exciting experience volunteering abroad. Check out our exciting program options!


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Play a hands-on role in the long-term conservation of African wildlife on this expedition. Enjoy first-class wildlife viewing and live on a game reserve in the heart of Southern Africa. This conservation expedition give you the opportunity to participate in wildlife monitoring projects. You will learn how to radio track, and possibly get involved with the darting and fitting of radio tracking c...


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As a volunteer in this program you will be involved in the day to day care of the children and be involved with playing with the children, running many types of craft activities, teaching some English too or arranging creative activities such as drawing or arts and crafts. You need to help these kids to develop their skills in order to be ready for kindergartens. The day care centers are open M...


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The Shark Conservation project in Fiji from Projects Abroad gives volunteers the opportunity to work on pioneering shark protection projects with respected scientists and shark research experts. Volunteers get directly involved in scientific shark research and share data with local and international marine conservation organizations. Previous diving or shark research experience is not required,...


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Volunteer in a lion breeding and rehabilitation project in Antelope Park, Zimbabwe, with Kaya Responsible Travel. The project, supported by some of the world's leading ecologists, has three stages: pre-release, release, and post-release. First, lions are taught survival and instinctive skills they need in the wild. Next, lions are released into a semi-wild environment to hone their hunting skil...


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Make a positive difference within the developing world and protect our growing global community. At at uVolunteer, this process starts with you. For almost a decade, uVolunteer has matched thousands of people like you with tailor-made volunteering projects in Ghana, Thailand and Costa Rica, giving volunteers varied opportunities to educate, inform and provide hands-on help in the developing ...


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Work as a volunteer with one of the organizations in our networks of non-profits, clinics, hospitals and schools throughout Shanghai and you'll have the opportunity to change the lives of locals through a range of activities. Areas of opportunity include education, conservation, health care, microfinance and community development - and it doesn't stop there... Tell us your main area of interest...


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Volunteer at an animal rescue center in Ecuador with ELI and get the chance to gain valuable international work experience in environmental and wildlife conservation. Choose between two placements: the rescue center in Rio Napo in the Amazonas Region or the one on the coast of El Oro province near Guayaquil. In both placements, volunteers assist in cleaning enclosures, feeding animals, and moni...


UBELONG offers safe, flexible and extremely affordable 1 week to 6 month volunteering opportunities in Asia, Africa and South America. Opportunities exist in many fields, including business, education, conservation, health and more. UBELONG is based in the U.S. and led by volunteers and university professor. Individuals from all backgrounds have joined programs. You will not find a more aff...


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With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...


Join the team of dedicated vets and conservationists at this incredibly rewarding, family-run animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary in rural Zimbabwe. Work and live alongside the trustees of the centre, which offers a safe haven to a huge variety of mammals and birds plus numerous farm animals 13 dogs, 30 tortoises and more than a dozen cats! Animals at the sanctuary have been rescued fro...


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VFP offers over 3000 affordable, short-term and medium-term voluntary service projects worldwide including dozens in South Korea each year. These international voluntary service projects are an opportunity to participate in meaningful community service while living and interacting in an intercultural environment. Volunteer projects vary greatly since they arise wherever there is a need in a giv...

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Volunteering Abroad in Veterinary Medicine

Volunteering abroad in veterinary science is a great way to help animals in need while also traveling somewhere you’ve always wanted to see. If you’re interested in veterinary medicine or just have a passion for animals, there is a placement for you! Programs vary, but many veterinary volunteering placements abroad focus on helping street animals, assisting with wildlife conservation and management, and working in veterinary clinics. Volunteers are needed in animal shelters, sanctuaries, and rehabilitation centers all over the world too.

Why Volunteer Abroad

If you’re interested in contributing to a worthy cause, consider veterinary volunteering abroad. Animal organizations around the globe offer an array of rewarding opportunities to volunteer abroad in veterinary medicine. Many countries lack the funds and resources needed to help domestic and wild animals in their communities, thus the need for volunteers is high.

While helping needy animals is reason enough for most animal lovers, volunteering abroad also benefits volunteers who hope to become vets gain real-world experience in the field of veterinary science. Therefore, volunteering in veterinary medicine abroad is a great way to build your resume and possibly earn academic credit, not to mention it is a great way to travel, have fun, and make new friends!


While animals in every country are in need of love and care, there are some places where animals are more vulnerable for a myriad of reasons and therefore have the greatest need for veterinary volunteer work. Lack of resources and funding make providing the necessary services for animals very difficult in the developing world, so Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central America are the three most common regions for volunteering abroad in veterinary medicine. 

Southeast Asia is rampant with street dogs that blur the lines between pet and stray. Many are not officially owned but are tolerated by locals. However, these dogs do not receive proper veterinary care when needed. In addition to carrying disease and suffering from malnutrition, street dogs also risk being hit by motorbikes and cars on busy city streets or sold into the dog meat trade. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks, from spaying and neutering street dogs to administering vaccinations and other medications. Southeast Asia’s wild animal population is also suffering from things like deforestation and animal tourism, so volunteers are needed not only to help with street animals, but wild animals as well. 

Africa is also good location for volunteers interested in wildlife conservation and management. The continent has seen a major decline in wild animal populations due to habitat loss and poaching recently. Threatened and endangered animals in Africa include the mountain gorilla, pygmy hippopotamus, black rhinoceros, cheetah, Africa lion, African penguin, African elephant, and more. Due to these issues, wildlife sanctuaries provide opportunities for volunteers to get close to these amazing creatures and help reduce the threat of extinction.

Central America is a popular destination for ecotourism, and therefore the perfect spot to get involved in veterinary volunteering abroad. Sea turtles are one of the most endangered species in the region, for example. As a volunteer abroad in veterinary medicine you will be able to help with protection, conservation, education, and rehabilitation of various wildlife species.

Veterinary Volunteer Placements

There really is something for everyone when it comes to volunteering abroad in veterinary medicine. Whether you’re studying to become a vet or simply enjoy working with animals, there is a veterinary volunteer placement that will meet your needs. Some of the more common placements for volunteering in veterinary medicine abroad include helping street animals, assisting with wildlife conservation and management, and working in veterinary clinics.

Street Animals are common in developing countries, and fortunately there are several shelters and animal organizations around the world working to care for these animals. The shelters provide basic services such as spaying and neutering, administering vaccines and other medications, and general first aid, which are all great services for aspiring vets to get experience with.

Wildlife Conservation & Management programs often focus on both veterinary care and protection. Volunteers typically work in wildlife sanctuaries helping with everything from cleaning to food preparation and rehabilitation. 

Veterinary Clinics around the world provide much needed services for animals and need volunteers to help keep them running. Whether you’re working on your vet degree or already have an established veterinary skill set, this type of veterinary volunteer placement is a great resume builder. Volunteers who work in veterinary clinics typically work with dogs, cats, horses, birds, and other domesticated animals.

Individuals can volunteer abroad in veterinary medicine for anywhere from five weeks to six months. Many volunteer programs do not require you to be a fully licensed veterinarian, but a love for animals is a must.


Animals around the world, from stray street dogs to endangered wild elephants, suffer from a lack of proper veterinary care. Volunteering in veterinary medicine is a great way to make a difference and contribute to positive change for these animals. Veterinary students and animal lovers alike will benefit tremendously. Students will gain invaluable work experience and more academic training than any classroom could ever provide, while animal lovers will get the chance of a lifetime to work directly with the animals they are so passionate about.

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