International Veterinary Medicine Internships
- Role: Assisting professional vets and staff at clinics with routine treatments and caring for animals at specialized centers by helping with feeding, cleaning, maintenance, and behavior observation.
- Requirements: None for Argentina, China, Fiji, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico (Animal Care), Romania, Samoa, South Africa; educational experience for Mexico (Veterinary Medicine)
If you have a passion for working with animals, either in the field of veterinary medicine or in a more general animal care oriented role, then our veterinary internships are a perfect way for you to gain some knowledge and put your skills to practice in the developing world.
Internships are suitable for anyone interested in interning abroad in veterinary medicine. This includes college students, those taking a gap year, or career breakers. No matter what your age or experience, we have an internship for you!
Intern with Animals Abroad
Attitudes toward animals in the developing world are different from those that exist in the developed world.
In poorer societies a great deal of dependence is placed on many types of animals for the completion of necessary tasks, particularly farming, where people do not benefit from the labor saving devices that are taken for granted in many developed countries. Working animals are therefore valued in terms of their strength and speed, and livelihoods depend on them being fit and healthy.
Attitudes toward other types of animals are also often very different. A dog might be "man’s best friend" and considered another member of the family in North America, but it is hard to feel affection and empathy for such an animal when you live below the poverty line and struggle to feed your children. In many developing countries there is a much higher rate of animal neglect.
Care Work in Veterinary Medicine Abroad
By working as an intern on a Veterinary Medicine or Animal Care internship with Projects Abroad, you will gain fantastic insight that would not be possible in your own country. You are likely to see many exciting types of animals like snakes, big cats, or even elephants! Interns will also get to see cases that have been virtually eliminated in the developed world, such as rabies, and you will develop a better understanding of the problems people are faced with in both urban and rural areas of the developing world.
Whether you work as a Veterinary Medicine or an Animal Care intern, you will be given an internship supervisor who is responsible for giving you a full and varied introduction to the kinds of work done by people in this field. You will shadow local professionals and, depending on your certification and educational background, may be able gain hands-on experience. You will be able to ask questions and learn from your local colleagues.
You may work in a hospital or an animal center depending on where you volunteer and your work is likely to involve going out on visits in the local community. Whether you are rehabilitating an injured falcon in Mexico or vaccinating farm animals in India, you will gain some fantastic experience and make a big difference to the lives of the animals and people you work with.
Group Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Projects for High School Students
For teen volunteers, Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care projects are available as Animal Care High School Special programs. High School Specials are designed for volunteers aged 16-19 to join a group of their peers working together under the guidance of our local staff.
Volunteering Abroad as a Professional on a Veterinary Medicine Project
If you are a professional and want to put your skills to use on a Veterinary Medicine project, Projects Abroad has a skilled and qualified arm called Projects Abroad PRO. Our main focus is to match your skills with our partner organizations' needs. Please visit the Veterinary Medicine Projects for Professionals section for more information.
Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Projects in:
Get involved in feeding monkeys, observation studies, constructing cages and caring for other animals such as llamas, dogs, donkeys and capuchin monkeys.
Work alongside a qualified vet in a clinic for two days a week, assisting with various medical procedures and animal care. Spend the remaining three days a week working at a dogs’ shelter.
Volunteer in China’s most established giant panda conservation and research center. You will help by preparing food, cleaning out enclosures and observing their behaviour.
Volunteer in a veterinary clinic in Kumasi and get involved in administering vaccinations, observing and assisting in operations, laboratory work, post mortems and routine treatments.
Work alongside a local vet, assisting with the treatment and care of domestic animals and livestock. You can accompany vets on outreach programs and farm visits.
Intern at an animal rescue shelter in Montego Bay and help provide treatment and care to dogs and cats. You will help with feeding, cleaning, and administering treatment.
Choose between interning in a special center for wild and domestic animals or working in the butterfly and bird laboratories of one of the biggest public parks in Guadalajara.
Volunteer at an animal clinic in Guadalajara and help provide treatment to domestic pets. You will work with the animals and their owners, and help with treatments like vaccinations.
Work at a dog rescue center on the outskirts of Brasov, and help with the animals’ general care as well as assist with surgical procedures at an on-site veterinary clinic.
Work alongside a local vet in Brasov, assisting with the treatment and care of domestic animals. Your role as an intern may involve assisting with tasks such as inoculations and operations.
Working alongside Samoa’s Animal Protection Society, you can take part in awareness programs, vaccinations, castration programs and the routine care and treatment of animals.
Volunteer at a domestic animal center in Cape Town and work with animals such as dogs and cats. Alternatively, you could work at a seabird rehabilitation center in Bloubergstrand.