Ghana Vet Clinic
Join this project at a friendly vet clinic in the historical town of Accra, Ghana, just minutes from the beach. As a volunteer you will assist the vet clinic with a range of work including learning about veterinary care, animal rescue, treatment, surgery, diagnostics and preventative medicine.
Work alongside a friendly and encouraging team of vets and nurses
Help with Interesting and varied veterinary work
Work with a range of species including cats, dogs, cows, goats and chickens
Make a huge difference to animals and owners
Develop medicine and surgery skills
Spend time in a developing country, exploring a unique and welcoming culture
Make friends for life as you live and work alongside like minded people
In your free time go jungle trekking, monkey watching, beach walking, or explore the historical city
As a volunteer you will assist Dr Jonathan Anim (A USA trained veterinarian), and his team of experienced vets and nurses. The team cover all species, from pets to farm animals. This projects is open to everyone, including volunteers with out any prior experience. It is well set up for vet and nurse students to participate in veterinary training, and for pre vet students to increase their hours of work experience. Those in clinical years of vet school will assist with surgery however but this is not a surgery training course, so you should not expect your days to be solely based around surgery. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the project, including medicine, animal rescue and inpatient care. As with all placements, the more you put in to your time with us, the more you will get out of it.
Few people get such an opportunity to really get under the skin of Africa as you do on this project. As a volunteer, you are no longer a tourist, but a colleague and team member, and as such you will see a very special side to this welcoming county as you move around beautiful remote farms and countryside, treating animals.
Out on the road, the vets assist the government by managing notifiable and infectious diseases, as well as serving private commercial and subsistence farmers, providing treatment for cows, sheep, goats and chickens. The small animal clinic has a regular stream of dogs, cats and a few exotics come through the doors for routine and emergency treatment.
KEY VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Those who come with no prior medical qualifications-
You will be busy assisting with a wide range of the clinic’s workload. You will carry out with the following:
• Restraining animals for, and learning to give injections
• Educating owners about husbandry
• Helping vets with surgery
• Helping nurses with anaesthesia
• Feeding and grooming inpatients
• Learning to sterilising surgical tools and packing surgical kits
• Bandaging and changing dressings on dogs, cats, cows, birds and horses
• Joining the vet when consulting in the clinic and at farms for cows, goats and chickens
Those with medical experience (vets, nurses, techs, vet students, nurse students)-
Under supervision you will be able to advance your skills and provide support to the vets and nursing team. We aim to encourage you to highlight to us what areas you want to improve on so we can help you excel your knowledge and skills relevant to your studies and career. As well as the procedures above you will help with:
• Dog and cat sterilisation surgery
• Caesareans (dog and cow)
• Fracture repair/splinting (bird, dogs, cows)
• Leg amputations (dog, cat)
• Diagnostics (blood, smear and crush samples)
• Treating tetanus (farm animals)
• Wound management (farm and small animals)
The volunteer house (right) is based in Labadi – a quiet and safe suburb of the capital city Accra.
You will be close to the beach, city center and amenities like ATMS, pharmacies and convenience stores.
Volunteers share single sex rooms, each room is en-suite. the project coordinator is on site 24 hours a day. There is a large communal living room and kitchen and wifi. You will be sharing with other volunteers doing a wide range of projects, including volunteering with children and community development.
The clinic is based in Accra, a historical town on the south coast of Ghana.
Ghana's reputation as one of the friendliest and most welcoming countries in Africa precedes it, and makes for a life changing volunteer experience. Outside of your normal working hours you will get really involved with the local way of life, as the volunteer coordinators make a great efforts to show you the city and culture in your free time.
The coordinators organise regular social activities and events for you which will be listed on the weekly schedule in the volunteer house. Activities include visiting markets, museums, t shirt making, dance or language lessons, sports, beaches, pool and nights out.
What is included: Want to know what is included in the fee? Good news, it is just about everything including:
Pre-departure assistance from our destination specialist
Your transfers to the project on arrival
3 meals a day
Transport relating to the project
Use of laundry facility
Not included in your fee:
Your transfer to the airport when departing (we will arrange this)
Bus to vet practice each day (£1 per day)
2 weeks £ 900
3 weeks £ 1,150
4 weeks £ 1,400
5 weeks £ 1,650
6 weeks £ 1,900
7 weeks £ 2,150
8 weeks £ 2,400
9 weeks £2,650
10 weeks £2,900
11 weeks £3,150
12 weeks £3,400
This project runs Saturday to Saturday every week of the year. Volunteers fly in to and out of Kotoka International Airport, in the country of Ghana.
We want you to join us in Ghana, to help the animals and have the adventure of a lifetime. Sound good?
To get the ball rolling, email us, follow the 'book now' button or the 'contact us' page and we will be in touch to discuss your project further. Don't forget to check out the project leaflet at the top of the page to find out more.