Combined Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care in Argentina
- Placement locations: Córdoba
- Role: To work alongside a local vet treating and caring for domestic animals
- Requirements: None
- Type of placement: Veterinary clinic and dog shelter
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
The Combined Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Project in Argentina is an ideal placement for anyone seeking practical experience with domestic animals in a developing country. Whether you are a student considering a career in veterinary medicine, a graduate looking to gain experience abroad, or simply a passionate animal lover, you can get involved in this internship in Argentina.
Combined Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care interns work in Cordoba, the second largest city in Argentina. For two days a week you will work alongside a qualified vet in a clinic, helping with the day-to-day work there. For the other three days you will work at a dog shelter.
In Argentina, as in many other undeveloped countries, domestic animals are often not cared for properly and animal rights are not taken into consideration. Many visitors to Argentina are surprised by the numbers of stray dogs and people using horses as transportation. Sadly, it is common for cats and dogs to be abandoned and they may suffer from starvation and numerous illnesses, as well as being at great risk from cars.
Fully qualified vets are welcome to join this project and will have an important role to play at the local clinic and shelter.
Interning Abroad on a Combined Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Project in Argentina
At the clinic interns observe how the animals there are treated and often have the chance to assist the local vet during an operation or when checking an animal. Interns also help liaise with the animals’ owners. The amount of hands-on work you get will depend on your individual level of knowledge and experience.
The dog shelter is located in Villa Allende, 20km from Cordoba. The shelter accommodates more than 150 dogs and the dogs stay here until new homes are found for them. The shelter is run by the local government, but it receives little funding and the conditions are extremely basic.
Interns help the dogs by feeding, washing, and walking them so they are not left all day in their cages. Interns also help by recording the details of each dog, including the vaccines they need and their ages. Further help is needed as well with finding homes for the dogs and maintenance work at the shelter.
At the dog shelter there is likely to be plenty of hands-on work for all interns, including applying what you have learned while at the clinic working with the vet. You will be able to help with vaccinations and delousing the dogs.
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Speaking at least some basic Spanish is recommended. The more you speak, the more you will be able to get involved with the pets' owners and tasks like finding foster families for the dogs.
On your first day you will be introduced to the supervisors and vet you will be working with. Interns then typically work for about four hours a day.
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.