Veterinary Medicine Volunteer Projects in Ghana
- Placement locations: Accra and Akuapem Hills
- Role: To shadow and assist local vets with day-to-day tasks
- Type of Placement: Veterinary clinics and farm visitations
- Accommodation: Host families
- 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 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
Ghana, in Western Africa, is a wide expanse of mostly low plains. Its climate is hot and tropical, with pockets of dry or humid areas in certain parts of the country. A portion of the land is used for farming and the welfare of domestic animals is seen as an essential part of the rural development.
Whether you are a pre-university student considering a career in veterinary medicine, an undergraduate or a graduate, working as a veterinary volunteer will allow you to gain invaluable experience of vaccinations, operations, laboratory work, post-mortems and the routine treatment of domestic farm animals and pets.
Shadowing local vets will give you experience in diseases that have been eradicated in the West, and will also give you a better understanding of the problems that vets and farmers face. By showing initiative and a willingness to get involved, you will benefit from this truly rewarding experience.
Volunteering on a Veterinary Placement in Ghana with Projects Abroad
As a volunteer in Ghana 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 our Projects Abroad staff are always on hand too.
Veterinary Placement volunteers live and work in the Akuapem Hills, where the work is structured around daily site visitations to local farms. For volunteers who would prefer to work in a veterinary surgery, dealing mostly with domestic pets, we can arrange a placement in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.
In the Akuapem Hills, Projects Abroad volunteers work alongside a small team of local vets to go out into the field to visit farms that have livestock. You may be involved in administering vaccinations, observing and assisting in operations, post mortems and routine treatments. You will be dealing predominantly with livestock such as chickens and pigs. For those who prefer to work in a city clinic in Accra, the work is mostly with domestic pets such as dogs and cats.
Whichever project you choose you will learn how to handle different animals and will see examples of diseases and conditions that have now been eradicated in most developed countries.
You can join the Veterinary Medicine project in Ghana for one, 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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Experiences on Voluntary Veterinary Placements in Ghana
"The people I worked with at my placement were lovely and appreciated that I was not only a volunteer but also there to gain experience in my chosen career. They allowed me to be involved in many of the cases, the most memorable being the chance to assist in the birth of a baby goat... It was the most amazing experience."
Veterinary Medicine volunteer in Ghana
"Although I had little experience, I was lucky and surprised at what I was able to assist with.I helped to castrate pigs and vaccinate dogs!"
Veterinary Medicine volunteer in Ghana