Veterinary Medicine Volunteer Projects in Mexico
- Placement locations: Guadalajara
- Role: To shadow and assist a local vet
- Requirements: Volunteers need to have completed at least three years of veterinary studies at university
- Type of Placement: Veterinary clinic
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- 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 3 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Veterinary Medicine volunteers live and work in Guadalajara, our main base in Mexico. Guadalajara is a large city where many people have pets in their homes, but not everyone can afford expensive veterinary care. The city therefore has several public animal clinics, where cheaper treatments are available. The city also has a problem with abandoned pets after people realise they cannot afford the costs of pet ownership.
All volunteers joining the Veterinary Medicine project in Mexico need to have completed at least three years of veterinary studies at university. Given the experience you will already have gained during your studies, working as a veterinary volunteer will allow you to gain invaluable experience of a wide range of treatments and veterinary practices in Mexico.
Shadowing and helping local vets will give you experience of diseases that are uncommon in the UK and will also give you a better understanding of the problems that local vets face. By showing enthusiasm and displaying your knowledge, the local vets may allow you to get involved in a wide range of hands-on and practical treatments.
Volunteering on a Veterinary Placement in Mexico with Projects Abroad
Volunteers work in a large clinic in central Guadalajara. At the clinic volunteers are involved in all the treatments given to the animals. The majority of animals treated are domestic pets such as cats and dogs, but there may sometimes be other animals like birds and occasionally exotic animals are brought to the clinic for treatment. Volunteers will sit in on the general consultations with the animals and their owners, and can also observe surgeries, assist with x-rays and help with animal physiotherapy treatments.
On your first day when you arrive at work, you will be assigned a project supervisor who will be able to advise and support you during your placement, and of course our Projects Abroad staff are always on hand too.
This placement is happy to receive volunteers who speak minimal Spanish, although please be aware that the more Spanish you do speak and understand the more you will get from the project. We encourage all volunteers to try and learn as much Spanish as possible before arriving or consider taking a Spanish Language Course during your first few weeks in the country.
Please note that this project is closed for two weeks over the Easter and Christmas holidays and is also closed for the first two weeks of August. During these times you may be interested in joining the Animal Care or Conservation programmes.
For professional, qualified vets interested in gaining experience overseas, please see our Projects for Professionals Veterinary Medicine in Mexico project.
If you don’t have three years’ experience of studying Veterinary Medicine, or you prefer a more animal care role working with bird, reptiles and other non-domestic animals have a look at our Animal Care in Mexico placement
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
All volunteers taking part on any project in Mexico now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement.