A dog has his medical check up at a Veterinary Medicine placement in Romania.

Veterinary Medicine Internship in Romania

Gain practical experience by working at a local clinic and learning directly from a vet

At a glance

  • Add practical veterinary medicine work experience to your CV by observing and learning directly from local vets.
  • Work at a veterinary clinic in Brasov.
  • Get real insight into the day-to-day life of a vet, and how they interact with pet owners.
  • Live with a Romanian host family, and seize the opportunity to explore Eastern European life.

Start Dates: 


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Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


16 or over

Is this Veterinary Medicine internship in Romania right for me?

Do you love working with animals? Are you planning on a career in veterinary medicine? Then this project is perfect for you! This internship will add value to your resume, and give you plenty to talk about in interviews and essays.

If you don't have previous experience, don't worry. You'll have a supervisor to guide you, and we encourage you to get involved and ask questions. If you're proactive and enthusiastic, the vets will be more than happy to help you learn as much as possible.

Our Veterinary Medicine placements in Romania run year-round, and you can join at any time. We recommend staying longer so you can learn as much as possible.

Volunteer and staff member stand outside the Veterinary Medicine placement in Romania.

What will I be doing on my Veterinary Medicine placement in Romania?

You will have loads of opportunities to gain veterinary medicine work experience in Romania, by working alongside local vets. Here are some of the tasks you will help with:

  • Assist local vets as they perform basic medical procedures
  • Help take care of the animals under the vet’s care
  • Deal with pet owners and help reassure them during an emotionally trying time

Assist local vets with medical procedures

As a Veterinary Medicine intern in Romania you will be working alongside experienced local vets. You will observe as they work, and we encourage you to ask many questions and make notes!

If you show enthusiasm and interest, you may also get an opportunity to assist. They will be able to guide you through various basic medical procedures. These may include:

  • Vaccinations
  • Operations
  • Laboratory work
  • Post-mortems
  • Inspections
  • Routine treatment of pets

Help take care of the animals

Apart from assisting vets with medical procedures, you will also be able to help look after the animals in their care. As an intern at a veterinary practice, you will assist in feeding pets that stay overnight and clean their enclosures.

Reassure pet owners

One of the most important parts of a vet’s role is interacting with pet owners. You can probably imagine how traumatizing it must be to witness your pet feeling under the weather or injured. This is why being gentle and reassuring with the owners is also important.

During your time as a veterinary intern in Romania, you will get to interact with a range of pet owners. It will give you a lot of insight into how vets handle difficult situations with pet owners. 

Where you will be working as a veterinary intern in Romania


You will be based in the ancient city of Brasov. With its terracotta-colored roofs, gothic spires, medieval gateways, baroque buildings and pedestrian-friendly streets, it’s almost like a fairy tale come to life. Although it may seem quaint and almost old-fashioned at first sight, the city is bursting with modern hustle and bustle.

Your working day will be spent at a veterinary clinic in the city of Brasov.

Evenings and weekends will normally be your free time to explore. There are always other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers around and plenty to see within Brasov and the Transylvania region in your spare time.

You will be living with a host family during your stay. They will introduce you to Romanian culture, traditions, and food. Be sure to make the most of your time with them to learn as much as possible about local life.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Romania Arrival Procedures page.

What your typical day will be like as a Veterinary Intern in Romania

Your day will start with a healthy breakfast around your Romanian host family’s table. From here, you will head to the veterinary clinic using public transport. On your first day, Projects Abroad staff will be there to show you the way. 

Your work day typically starts around 8am and finishes at around 5pm. The mornings are usually reserved for general surgery where locals bring their pets to be treated. During these times you will learn how to handle animals and reassure their owners. You’ll observe how a diagnosis takes place and how vaccinations are given.

Once you’ve finished with that, you will be able to help out with other necessary tasks. This might include cleaning, running errands, or assisting with some administration.

After a morning of hard work, you will get an hour and a half’s lunch break. If your host family lives close by, you can head home to eat and rest for a bit.

As 5pm draws closer, you may help feed animals that are staying overnight at the clinic.

Evenings and weekends are your free time to explore. Make the most of your time in this magnificent country by going on weekend excursions with fellow interns and volunteers. Also, enjoy plenty of meals with your local host family and spend time conversing with them. It’s the very best way to learn more about their life and culture.

Dogs wait patiently for their turn to be walked by Veterinary Medicine interns in Romania.

What are the aims and impacts of our veterinarian placements in Romania

The aim of this project is to offer you the opportunity to gain practical experience and learn directly from local vets.

Doing a Veterinary Medicine internship here will give you a deeper insight into veterinary practices both in Romania and in general. Local vets are eager to get you as involved as possible and will enjoy teaching you about their work.

At the same time, you will also contribute to the welfare of animals in the city of Brasov. Romania joined the European Union in early 2007, and is one of its most disadvantaged members. As an intern, you will be based at a busy practice, providing local vets with much-needed extra hands to help more animals.

Join our Veterinary Medicine internship in Romania and gain practical experience working with animals.

A dog at a shelter is taken for a walk and socialised by a Veterinary Medicine intern in Romania.

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

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.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family or in shared volunteer apartments in Brasov. Your host will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture.

We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Romania and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your program fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Leisure activities and free time

Volunteering in Romania will give you a unique taste of life in Eastern Europe. With a diverse range of activities, you’ll find plenty to do during your free time.

This is the ideal destination for architecture lovers, with stunning, old buildings lining the streets. The Biserica Neagră is one example of haunting gothic architecture, with its stone walls blackened by a fire that raged through the area in the 17th century.

It’s not just the buildings that are worth checking out, but the streets as well. More specifically, you can squeeze your way through one of the narrowest streets in Europe!

It’s worth taking a weekend trip to Transylvania to visit Bran Castle, the home of legendary Count Dracula. While you’re there, you can tour ASTRA Museum and delve into the magical world of Romanian folklore.

You’ll likely be amongst many other volunteers during your trip. This gives you the option to explore either on your own or in a group. 

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

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