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

Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care Internships Abroad

Put your passion for animals to practical use in the developing world

Gain experience treating and caring for vulnerable animals on a Projects Abroad Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care internship.


In many places around the world, animals are not treated with the proper care they deserve. Many live in distress or pain. By joining one of these internships, you can shine a light on the mistreatment of animals. Help people treat other creatures on our planet with respect and kindness.


You can look after stray animals, help rehabilitate wildlife, or working in an animal clinic. Some of our internships are targeted towards veterinary medicine, where you can observe and work with trained veterinarians.


An internship with Projects Abroad can be a great stepping stone into a career in veterinary medicine or animal care. You’ll experience the daily practice of working in these fields, and will pick up important skills while working with professionals.


Our internships are a safe and secure, to make sure you gain as much as possible from this unique international learning experience in working with animals.

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

From $3555

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Take part in an internship with children and horses and help with patients’ rehabilitation

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Projects Abroad Equine Therapy intern in South Africa kisses a horse outside a therapy placement.
Equine Therapy Internship in South Africa

From $3755

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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 over 16 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.
Veterinary Medicine Internship in Ghana

From $2270

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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 over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
A dog has his medical check up at a Veterinary Medicine placement in Romania.
Veterinary Medicine Internship in Romania

From $2970

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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 over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteers gain Veterinary Medicine work experience in Sri Lanka while tending to a wounded dog.
Veterinary Medicine Internship in Sri Lanka

From $3155

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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 over 16 can join
  • From 4 weeks
Volunteers hold the dogs from their placement as they work with animals in Belize
Volunteer with Animals in Belize

From $2720

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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 over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteer and staff with animals in Romania as they work at a local shelter
Volunteer with Animals in Romania

From $2720

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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 over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps care for the penguins while working with animals in South Africa
Volunteer with Animals in South Africa

From $3165

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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 over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteer helps with dog training during her Animal Care work in Argentina
Work with Animals in Argentina

From $2520

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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 over 16 can join
  • From 1 week

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Is a Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care internship right for me?

If you want to learn more about the fields of veterinary medicine and animal care, an internship will give you just that opportunity. You’ll get to work with animals and gain new skills in a country different from the US.


Our interns take on the important role of caring for animals in need. You can choose from domestic pets to exotic wildlife not found back home. If you’re applying for a qualification in this area, an internship will make sure your resume and application stand out.


Projects Abroad staff and qualified professionals will provide you with the support you need throughout your internship. We’ll help you get to know the local community and its culture.


If you would like something slightly different from our Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Projects, you can consider one of our Conservation & Environment Projects. Here, you’ll conduct work that protects vital ecosystems of the planet. Read our full list of international internship programs here.

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

What are the benefits of an international Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care Internship?

Animal care work experience will give you skills to prepare you for your next stage of your education and career. Your work abroad will be improve your resume and give you a lot to talk about in future interviews.


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


  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • Work experience in veterinary medicine and animal care.
  • The chance to work with different animals and challenges you wouldn’t encounter in your home country.
  • Developing a global mindset from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone

These benefits will strengthen your future applications and see you you develop personally.

What sets Projects Abroad’s Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care internships apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Our internships 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 can observe their daily work and ask questions to learn as much as possible. The tasks you take might stretch and challenge you, but that will only strengthen you, and you’ll have our staff support at all times. Take this opportunity to learn through doing under the guidance of qualified experts.


On these projects, you’ll work alongside professionals. You can observe their daily work and ask questions to learn as much as possible. You’ll also get to work with a wider network of interns from different parts of the world. On each project there is a full-time staff member to make sure our interns receive all the support they need.


Projects that make a difference


All our projects are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to sustainably impact the communities we work in. So, you can have the full confidence knowing your work is worthwhile, and positively impacts on the lives of others.

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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