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Volunteering for Veterinarians in Peru

  • POSITION: Veterinarian
  • REQUIREMENTS: Degree in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Nursing or a related subject
  • ACCOMMODATION: Shared accommodation with other volunteers at the Conservation Project site
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

As a qualified vet or veterinary nurse, you will be working alongside a local professional vet at Taricaya at a rescue centre where you will help the existing staff and Projects Abroad interns.

How can I help in Peru?

A professional veterinarian treats a crocodile in Peru with the help of Projects Abroad interns.

With your experience and skills you will be involved in the following tasks:

  • Doing standard checks on the animals to ensure they are healthy
  • Helping stabilize and treat any new animals arriving at the rescue center
  • Ensure quarantine for new animals is monitored
  • Making sure that animals being released have the right treatments and vaccinations

In addition, you will help with the daily maintenance at the rescue centre including feeding the animals and cleaning the cages. As a trained vet or veterinary nurse, you will be able to work unsupervised on certain cases, allowing local staff time to carry out other important tasks.

You will work between 25 and 35 hours per week – and sometimes out of hours – depending on the individual project and how you develop your role with your project supervisor.

What will I gain from this project?

You will be working with a friendly and highly dedicated team who are committed to the service they provide. You will adapt and develop your existing expertise to a different working environment and you may often face challenges not experienced in North America. Through this cultural exchange, you will learn different methodologies and techniques in veterinary treatments.

You will also have the opportunity to grow your skills and experience in a wide range of areas, which will prove to be invaluable to your career in Veterinary Medicine. These may include:

  • Collaborating with the center’s staff to develop more efficient and effective systems in the workplace.
  • Using your veterinary medicine expertise to train staff and interns.
  • Using your veterinary medicine expertise to treat animals at the rescue center
  • Developing and contributing to project evaluation reports to help with continuity between veterinary volunteers and interns.

What will Projects Abroad provide?

We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Peru is successful and enjoyable:

  • Safe accommodation, shared with other volunteers at the Conservation Project site.
  • Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
  • A member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
  • Medical and travel insurance.

What skills or qualifications do I need?

If you have at least a degree in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Nursing or a related subject then you will be suited for this project.

If you have any specific specialisms or interests in your field, please discuss this with us on application.

During times when there is no work for you to do at the rescue center, you will be free to participate in many of our other activities at Taricaya and will work with standard Conservation volunteers. This is a great opportunity to experience all aspects of our unique rainforest conservation effort. Please visit out our standard Rainforest Conservation Project page for more information.

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