Volunteer

Veterinarians and Vet Nurses
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Pursue your passion for animal care in Cambodia by volunteering for a veterinary practice founded and owned by the only western qualified Veterinary Surgeon resident in Siem Reap.

Project Brief

  • Suitable for: Experienced veterinarians, vet nurses, vet university students or retired vets (individuals or groups)
  • Project type: Unpaid volunteer position
  • Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Duration: Minimum 3 months for individuals. Minimum 2 weeks for groups.
  • Start date: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability
  • Working hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday
  • Reports to: The vet practice founder and owner

Responsibilities

For individuals wanting to stay long term  (minimum 3 months):

  • Provide service to the community’s pets as part of the veterinary practice’s core team
  • Teach visiting students and local staff
  • Perform advanced surgery from broken bones to reconstructive surgery
  • Perform neutering and handle emergencies

For groups wanting to volunteer short term (minimum 2 weeks):

  • Carry out rabies vaccination and neutering education programs in trial villages. We will target village animals that are most in need and work with village chiefs and health workers to provide rabies training to everyone in the village and explain what neutering is and why we do it.
  • Perform rabies vaccination and neutering of animals in trial villages and those in the care of animal welfare groups.
  • Keep careful records of all activities and collect rabies data on behalf of the Pasteur Institute.

Requirements

  • Recognised veterinary or veterinary nursing qualification.
  • Experience working in veterinary practice in a or veterinary or veterinary nursing role.
  • Experience with training or mentoring new graduates or junior vets
  • Language Skills: Fluency in English
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance

Time commitment

  • Minimum 3 months for individuals. Minimum 2 weeks for groups.
  • We do not do “voluntourism”. We are proud to be working with sustainable and responsible projects where volunteers can make a real impact. Volunteering for only a couple of days will unfortunately not achieve the level of impact we envision for the organization or in the communities they serve. In some cases, short-term volunteering may disrupt the schedule and objectives of the project

Personal qualities and attitudes to be successful in the project

  • Flexibility and spirit of adventure
  • Ability to work with people different from you
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Work Ethic
  • Humor. This is Cambodia, nothing happens as planned. So we need someone who can roll with the punches and see the fun in experiences that sometimes come disguised as frustrating events…!
  • Independent worker. You will get the guidance you want and need, but we will gladly give you the space to do your work independently.

Supporting documentation

  • CV
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of relevant qualifications
  • Proof of travel and health insurance
  • Vaccination booklet
  • Professional references from at least one former employer

Benefits

  • Expand your professional skills – Work alongside a team of passionate and experienced vets and experience a wide range of infectious diseases and species of animals from cats and dogs to monkeys and cattle.
  • Make an impact – As a professional, your volunteer contribution and skill sharing will assist the vet practice to implement innovative solutions to local development challenges here in Cambodia.
  • Go beyond your comfort zone – You will more than likely get exposure to different ways of doing things, including project management, conflict resolution, problem solving and cultural diversity.
  • Become a world citizen – You will gain insight into a fascinating culture, complex social issues and how you can personally influence positive change in the lives of Cambodian people.

Daily Life

  • You will work from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm with time for a lunch with your co-workers.
  • On the weekends, you will be able to enjoy your free time and explore at your leisure, as well as during public holidays.
  • You will be working with a caring, trained staff who are experienced in preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries.

The Host Organization

  • This project is located at an animal preventative care center funded and owned by the only western qualified Veterinary Surgeon resident in Siem Reap.
  • Preventative care such as worming, vaccination and tick control are particularly important in Cambodia, as is neutering, to improve animal welfare and assist with rabies eradication.
  • As well as loving animals and wanting to provide the best care, the practice also cares about human health, humanitarian disarmament and rabies control. The practice has worked with the Cambodian government to establish the Cambodian Rabies Eradication Program (CREP).
  • The practice has also established a national microchip database, Lost Pet Asia, which is providing and sponsoring the official database for CREP.
  • The future plan is for the practice to become a teaching hospital for local vets and Cambodian veterinary students through the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh.