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Veterinary Internship with Domestic Animals

Project Information

The program involves caring for the animals, such as helping to identify and treat diseases, washing and cleaning the animals, as well as things like simply showing the animals some love and taking them for walks and feedings. participants will also help out with spay/neuter events in the community, vaccination clinics, and also learn and assist in veterinary procedures and the office needs, and in animal welfare education. participants will be learning and gaining experience under a certified veterinarian, participating in some of the procedures, consultations, and emergency response calls for hurt or injured animals. Vet students advanced in their study are also able to put on castration campaigns with our local veterinarians and shelters.

Participants in this project will be expected to be open minded, patient, caring, and self-starters (able to recognize what needs to be done or who needs to be helped). Participants help with the rehabilitation and will give general care for the animals in the shelter. Participants are expected to maintain a professional attitude and help with whatever task (cleaning, feeding, playing, walking, giving medications, etc..) as needed.

Additional Information

A strong desire to learn under a trained veterinarian and professionalism at all times.

Skills & Qualifications

Minimum of two weeks time commitment. In decent physical condition. Able to work with both dogs and cats as well as agro animals.



Volunteer's Role

Where will WE stay?

Participants have the option to either stay with well-screened host families or at our headquarters depending mainly on availability and preference. Should participants have a preference, they should let our in-country coordinator know as soon as possible-in their application. We try to accommodate preferences. Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water.Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiF.Participants receive three light traditional meals per day at either accommodations.

What will we eat?

Participants will be given 3 meals per day. Keep in mind that food will be typical Costa Rican food, so participants may want to bring snacks like granola or protein bars with them to the project site.

What Will our Schedule Look like?

Participants will work a minimum of 4 hours per day, 5 days per week.

What can we do in our freetime?

Yes! Not only will you be located in a beautiful part of Costa Rica, close to nature, we can also work with your group to schedule planned activities.