An intern works with a horse on one of our Animal Care internships abroad.

Veterinary Experience Opportunities

Work with animals and learn from experienced vets in the developing world

A Veterinary Internship with Projects Abroad gives you the skills and clinical experience you need to turn your passion for animals into a career. We offer safe, hassle-free programs for every level, including students looking for pre-vet volunteer opportunities and large animal pre-vet internships. 

This is what you can expect from our veterinary internships abroad: 

  • Learn directly from qualified vets with a diverse range of experience
  • Work with a variety of animals, including domestic, farm, and wild animals
  • Experience what day-to-day life is like at a veterinary clinic, shelter, or rehabilitation center
  • Get a deeper insight into the challenges animals face around the world

Our programs are ideal for anyone asking themselves “How do I get veterinary experience?” If you’re interested in pre-veterinary internships for undergraduates, you’ll get an idea of what it’s like to work as a vet. This can help you decide if a career in veterinary medicine is really for you.

We also go a step further at our animal volunteer abroad programs. Around the world, animals can find themselves in distress or pain, without people to care for them. With us, you’ll be able to raise awareness on the need for ethical treatment of animals. You’ll do things like educate pet owners or farmers on how to better care for their animals.

Choose a Veterinary Medicine Internship

1-9 of 9 Projects

Projects Abroad interns doing an Equine Therapy placement in Argentina help a child ride a horse during a therapy session.

From $2,865 USD

Equine Therapy Internship in Argentina
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Take part in an internship with children and horses and help with patients’ rehabilitation

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Equine Therapy intern in South Africa kisses a horse outside a therapy placement.

From $3,755 USD

Equine Therapy Internship in South Africa
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Help children with special needs enjoy the benefits of horse riding on this unique therapy placement

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
A volunteer helps out with a dogs examination in a veterinary clinic during his Veterinary Medicine work experience in Ghana.

From $2,270 USD

Veterinary Medicine Internship in Ghana
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Gain veterinary medicine work experience while treating farm or domestic animals alongside qualified vets in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A dog has his medical check up at a Veterinary Medicine placement in Romania.

From $2,970 USD

Veterinary Medicine Internship in Romania
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Gain practical experience by working at a local clinic or shelter and learning directly from a vet

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteers gain Veterinary Medicine work experience in Sri Lanka while tending to a wounded dog.

From $3,155 USD

Veterinary Medicine Internship in Sri Lanka
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Gain veterinary medicine work experience to boost your CV and pursue your passion for animal care

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
Volunteers hold the dogs from their placement as they work with animals in Belize

From $2,720 USD

Volunteer with Animals in Belize
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Work at a shelter and help local staff care for stray animals and prepare them for adoption

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteer and staff with animals in Romania as they work at a local shelter

From $2,720 USD

Volunteer with Animals in Romania
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Travel to Eastern Europe and help take care of rescue animals at a dog shelter outside Brasov

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps care for the penguins while working with animals in South Africa

From $3,165 USD

Volunteer with Animals in South Africa
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Gain practical experience with animals and support staff at a shelter or help rehabilitate seabirds at a rescue centre

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteer helps with dog training during her Animal Care work in Argentina

From $2,520 USD

Work with Animals in Argentina
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Gain work experience by caring for animals at a dog shelter and shadowing a vet at a local clinic

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is a veterinary internship abroad right for me?

If you want to gain experience in the field, especially pre-vet experience, our programs are for you! They perfectly answer the question “how do you get pre-vet experience?”  

We don’t require you to have previous experience to do a veterinary internship abroad. You can join from the age of 16. You’ll work under supervision alongside professionals, and we’ll teach you everything you need to know.   

In every country we work in, our interns take on an important role for caring for animals in need. You’ll find yourself working with domestic pets, farm animals, and wildlife; some of which you may never encounter in your home country! This kind of diverse experience is invaluable, and helps build a strong foundation for a career in veterinary medicine. You can talk about your project in university applications, admissions essays, and during interviews.  

Interested in going beyond traditional veterinary medicine? You may be interested in these options: 

See a full list of our internships abroad.

An intern bonds with a dog on a Projects Abroad Animal Care internship abroad.

Pre-Veterinary Summer Internships

We organize pre-vet summer internships for as short as one week during the summer (in fact, all year round!). Our flexible programs can be adjusted to fit the busiest schedules, so you can choose when you want to travel in June, July, or August. 

Whether you want a pre-vet internship abroad, or the chance to volunteer abroad with animals, we have something for you. For example, you can help prepare dogs for adoption at a shelter in Belize, or learn how to administer vaccinations for farm animals in Sri Lanka.

What are the benefits of a veterinary internship abroad?

A veterinary internship abroad gives you skills that prepare you for your next stage of education and career. This is especially important for pre-vet students looking for internships to support their post-graduate applications. 

Here are just some of the benefits that our previous interns talk about: 

  • Global competencies like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • Clinical experience in veterinary medicine and animal care
  • The chance to work with different animals and challenges you wouldn’t encounter in your home country
  • The ability to work and empathize with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone

 All of the above enhances your your personal development and resume.

How are our veterinary internships abroad different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the animals we work with. You can be assured that our vet internships for undergraduates are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:

Dedicated staff support

Throughout your internship, you’ll work with professionals. You’ll observe them in their everyday work, ask questions, and hear more about their experiences. The tasks you take might stretch and challenge you, but that will only strengthen you.

You’ll have our staff support at all times. Take this opportunity to learn through doing under the guidance of qualified experts!

Projects that make a difference

All our programs are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term. You’ll be able to see the difference your time can have on individuals and a community.

An intern gains work experience in animal care by working closely with a qualified vet.

Our Animal Protection Policy

We take protecting the animals and wildlife we work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive Animal Protection Policy.

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