At a glance
- Join our Veterinary Medicine Internship in Sri Lanka. This is a great opportunity to gain experience observing and assisting local vets and to add value to your CV.
- Either you will be placed in a government run or a private clinic that provides their services free charge, which enables disadvantaged people to access treatments for their animals. The clinics work with both domestic and farm animals and you will be able to witness different procedures and conditions.
- You will be living with a host family. This will be a good opportunity to get an insight into the local culture of Sri Lanka and make new memories and meet new people.
16 or over
What will I do at my Veterinary Medicine placement in Sri Lanka?
During this internship, you’ll be able to work with both domestic and farm animals. You can get involved in:
- Observe local vets and veterinary staff as they go about their daily tasks
- Assist with minor procedures such as vaccinations or tests
- Take part in fieldwork and travel to farms
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe local vets and veterinary staff as they go about their daily tasks
You’ll observe vets and other staff going about their day. You will observe procedures, and we encourage you to ask questions and learn as much as you can from them. It’s a great way to broaden your knowledge of practical veterinary medicine.
Assist with minor procedures such as vaccinations or tests
Once you have settled in, you may have the chance to take part in more hands-on activities. This will depend on your previous experience and knowledge. You can assist with sterilising pets, giving vaccinations, testing for disease, and other minor procedures.
Take part in fieldwork and travel to farms
Sometimes, you may need to accompany vets on farm visits to treat goats, chickens, pigs, and cows. This is a great opportunity to gain field experience outside of the clinic environment. You might help vets to correct low cholesterol in the farm animals, check for infections, or administer injections.
Where in Sri Lanka will I work?
On this placement, you’ll be based at veterinary clinics in the town of Kuliyapitiya. The town is situated around 80 km north of Colombo. You can either work at a government or a private clinic, which treat both domestic and farm animals.
Kuliyapitiya is a small town, but has all the amenities you might need. These include banks, restaurants, and convenience stores. It also has bus links to many other major cities in Sri Lanka, such as Colombo, Jaffna, and Anuradhapura.
Sri Lanka has much to offer visitors, from amazing natural wonders to historic and cultural monuments. For those who enjoy the outdoors, you can visit national parks, explore cave systems, and go scuba diving. Don’t miss out on a trip to one of the many ancient temples, bustling markets, and local restaurants.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
Sri Lanka is well-known for its diverse landscapes. From beaches to tropical jungles, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant country.
The buzzing Pettah Market is a must-see. You can chat to friendly vendors, buy handmade products, and enjoy the electric atmosphere around you. For cultural enrichment, you can spend an afternoon in the National Museum of Colombo. The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is also a highlight, with its vast collection of artefacts.
The town of Galle is a sea port with a strong Dutch heritage and plenty of old colonial buildings to explore. You can also venture inland to hike in the hills, swim in the cool waterfalls, and visit traditional hill towns.
Sri Lanka's national parks include safari parks where you can spot wildlife like leopards and elephants. Or spend an early morning bird-watching in one of the wetland sanctuaries. There are also rainforest reserves crammed full of tropical biodiversity.
You’ll be sharing this unique experience with many other volunteers. This means you can travel solo or spend your free time with the friends you make during your trip.
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.
Meet the team in Sri Lanka
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