VAW – Veterinary Outreach provides volunteers with an opportunity to work first hand with experienced local veterinarians. Volunteers will fund raise for medications and supplies prior to the trip abroad. While in country, volunteers will assist the veterinarians with performing physical exams, giving vaccines, performing surgeries, deworming animals and assessing general health and well-being. All volunteer activities are under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian. This is an intensive internship, valuable to future veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other future healthcare providers as well as those interested in seeing what it is like to work in a developing country. The internship is focused on giving volunteers a variety of experiences, deepening their understanding of the veterinary field, and broadening their global view.
Teams will travel to a local school and teach children the importance of taking care of animals, humane treatment of animals, diseases spread by animals or another subject the team decides to teach. Ideally teams will bring something to distribute to the children such as bars of soap.
VAW Veterinary Outreach trips are 14 days long. All teams will have five or six Veterinary Work Days and one Education Day, as well as three to four days to explore the beauty and local culture of their host country. Each country varies slightly in how the schedule is arranged and what opportunities are available.
All volunteer housing, food, staff and in country work transportation is included in the program fees. Volunteers pay for their plane tickets, spending money and fun travel.