Join our Veterinary Medicine internship in Ghana and learn by shadowing and learning directly from experienced vets. This is a great way to add work experience to your CV, and get a deeper insight into working with animals in a developing country.
In Ghana, you can work with domestic and farm animals at a veterinary hospital, or shadow a vet treating livestock on a farm. You’ll help with wound care, vaccinations, or checking vital signs. You’ll also help set up equipment for surgical procedures. It may also be possible for you to observe post-mortems.
While in Ghana, you’ll live with a local host family in Accra or Akuapem Hills. When you aren’t eating your fill of foods like jollof rice and banku, you can explore the beautiful countryside and bustling towns.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I be doing at my Veterinary Medicine placement in Ghana?
As a Veterinary Medicine intern, you’ll either work with livestock on a farm or with domestic and farm animals at a local veterinary hospital. Here are some of the tasks you’ll be involved in:
- Observe and assist local veterinarians as they assess the animals during routine consults and treatments
- Assist with operations and observe post-mortems on farm or domestic animals
- Educate the public and farm owners on the correct animal care procedures
At your Veterinary Medicine placement in Ghana, your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe and assist during routine consults and treatments
You’ll work alongside vets during farm visits or at a veterinary hospital. You’ll shadow them during the day and watch how they conduct consultations, work with the animals, and assess them for treatment. Under the supervision of the vet, you can also assist. If permitted, you can help with tasks like:
- General care of the animals
- Administer vaccines and medication
- Dress wounds
- Disease testing
- Setting IVs
Lend a hand during operations and observe post-mortems
Depending on your level of experience, you may get to assist with more hands-on work. You can assist the vet by preparing surgical areas and equipment, and lending a hand during operations such as sterilisations. On the odd occasion, you’ll be able to observe post-mortem surgeries. Here, you’ll be able to find out if an animal died from injury, disease, or other complications.
Educate the public and farm owners on the correct animal care procedures
In Ghana, there is often a lack of knowledge about animal care. Many animal and farm owners do not take their livestock or pets to the vet as they are unable to afford the fees. They often don’t have the means to travel for veterinary care either.
Because of this, they either do not report cases of sick animals or leave it too late. If the animals do not recover by themselves, they can die from their conditions. By teaching the public about correct animal care, you’ll see lower mortality rates and help prevent the spread of disease.
Where you will be working as a Veterinary Medicine intern in Ghana?
On this project, you can choose to work in the capital city of Accra or the more rural Akuapem Hills.
Ghana’s capital city is situated on the Atlantic coast. With over two million people living there, it’s one of the largest and most urban cities in the country. As you pass through the main streets, you’ll be greeted by many curious locals. You’ll also walk past a bevy of Ghanaian restaurants serving delicious cuisine
You’ll work with farm and domestic animals at a local veterinary hospital. This private veterinary institution provides efficient, affordable, and quality veterinary health care to farmers and pet owners in Ghana.
Known as one of the quieter regions in Ghana, Akuapem Hills is a beautiful area of lush vegetation, hilly mountainside and rich red earth. Scattered along the mountainside are small villages where you’ll experience a more traditional side of the Ghanaian culture. You’ll get to know the locals better and can enjoy dried fish and yams from a food market.
You’ll be working on farms throughout the day, visiting and treating farm animals that require assistance.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
"Having observed a lot back home, I was able to actively get hands on in some situations, such as drawing up injections, taking temperatures and giving injections. All the vets were so helpful and were really keen for you to learn."
Veterinary Medicine Internship in Ghana
Meet the team in Ghana
Not quite what you’re looking for?
Take a look at the following pages where you'll find collections of similar projects: