Veterinary Medicine Volunteer Projects in India
- Placement locations: Jaipur
- Role: To shadow and assist a local vet
- Type of Placement: Veterinary clinics
- Accommodation: Host family
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
A large amount of India's land is used for farming and crops. The welfare of domestic animals is seen as an essential part of rural development and farm animals provide the majority of work for vets in India.
Whether you are a pre-university student considering a career in veterinary medicine, an undergraduate or a graduate, working as a veterinary volunteer will get you involved in vaccinations, observing operations, castrations and the routine treatment of domestic farm animals and livestock.
The Veterinary placement is based in Jaipur, where you will engage with an experienced local vet. Farm animals will commonly be seen for vaccination, artificial insemination and birthing problems. Smaller domestic animals will also be treated.
In the evenings you can also work in a private veterinary clinic which treats pets. Volunteers can sometimes accompany vets on site visits in the afternoons, but may also wish to get involved in another placement to add extra working hours.
As a Veterinary volunteer you will attend monthly veterinary camps in a rural area near Jaipur, where you will be able to help with vaccinations of cattle, goats and cows. You will also learn various procedures, such as de-worming animals and diagnosing pregnant cattle, by assisting the local vet. During outreach programmes, volunteers have the opportunity to interact with the local community and learn about their culture.
Our voluntary Veterinary placements in India offer you access to a wide range of invaluable work experience which could ultimately increase your prospects within this highly competitive field. Show initiative and a willingness to get involved and you will have a thoroughly rewarding experience.
Volunteering on a Veterinary Placement in India with Projects Abroad
As a volunteer in India on one of our Veterinary Placements, you can provide effective and practical help working on a variety of tasks.
When you arrive at work on your first day, you will be assigned a supervisor who will be able to advise and support you during your placement, and of course the members of our Projects Abroad staff will always on hand to offer support.
Your work will predominantly involve observing and assisting the local vet, administering treatments for diseases, and giving vaccinations. You will learn how to handle a range of different animals and have the chance to witness many diseases that have been eradicated in the west.
Your input at the veterinary centres will be greatly encouraged and appreciated. The vets we work with are keen to get you as involved as possible, and will enjoy showing you Asian veterinary practice.
You can join the Veterinary Medicine project in India for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
Experiences on Voluntary Veterinary Placements in India
"It was a totally different experience from anything I'd get at home. I was lucky to get some hands-on work and saw diseases that we vaccinate against in the UK but never come across."
Veterinary Medicine in India volunteer
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