We've run some amazing projects in India over the years, but in 2016 we're shifting focus to Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Our programs in India are closed until further notice.

Come and join one of our established projects in Sri Lanka or Nepal.

If you've got your heart set on India, get in touch and we'll let you know when we're accepting volunteers again.

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International Veterinary Medicine Internships in India

UPDATE: India Programs Closed in 2016

  • Placement locations: Jaipur
  • Role: To shadow and assist a local vet
  • Requirements: None
  • Type of placement: Veterinary clinics
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Veterinary medicine intern in Ghana gives a cow an injection

India, in Southern Asia, has a mix of terrain ranging from upland plain in the South, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges, deserts in the West and the Himalayas in the North. A large portion of the country’s land is used for farming and crops. The welfare of domestic animals is seen as an essential part of rural development and farm animals provide the majority of work for vets in India.

The Veterinary internship is based in Jaipur, where you will work alongside an experienced local vet. Farm animals will commonly be seen for vaccination, artificial insemination and birthing problems. Smaller domestic animals will also be treated.

In the evenings you can also work in a private veterinary clinic which treats pets. Interns can sometimes accompany vets on site visits in the afternoons, but may also wish to get involved in another placement to add extra working hours.

As Veterinary intern you will attend monthly veterinary camps in a rural area near Jaipur, where you will be able to help with vaccinations of cattle, goats, and cows. You will also learn various procedures by assisting the local vet, such as de-worming animals, and diagnosing pregnant cattle. During outreach programs, interns have the opportunity to interact with the local community, and learn about their culture. 

Our veterinary internships in India offer you access to a wide range of invaluable work experience which could ultimately increase your prospects within this highly competitive field. Show initiative and a willingness to get involved and you will have a thoroughly rewarding experience.

Intern with Animals in India

Gap Year volunteer treats a chicken on the Veterinary Medicine project in India

As an intern in India on a veterinary internship, you can provide effective and practical help working on a variety of tasks.

When you arrive at work on your first day, you will be assigned a supervisor who will be able to advise and support you throughout your internship; and of course the members of our Projects Abroad staff will always on hand to offer support.

Your work will predominantly involve observing and assisting the local vet, administering treatments for diseases, and giving vaccinations. You will learn how to handle a range of different animals as well as have the chance to witness many diseases that have been eradicated in the west.

Your input at the veterinary centres will be greatly encouraged and appreciated. The vets we work with are eager to get you as involved as possible and will enjoy showing you Indian veterinary practice.

This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

Veterinary Interns in India

"It was a totally different experience from anything I'd get at home. I was lucky to get some hands-on work and saw diseases that we vaccinate against in the UK but never come across."

Mary-Rose Best
Veterinary Medicine Intern in India

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