India Vet Clinic
The India Vet Clinic is based on site at the local veterinary school, at the university of Ahmedabad, north east India. The busy and vibrant veterinary practice accepts vet students and new graduates from around the world to practice with them, and gain medical and surgical skills. They employ one vet solely to train and host volunteers, allowing ample chance to develop your abilities.
Gain valuable experience in veterinary care and animal welfare
Learn about animal rescue, care and treatment in a developing country
Your mentor will ensure you one training surgery every working day
Work alongside a friendly and encouraging team of vets and para-professionals
Make a huge difference to animals and owners living in poverty
Feel the warm hospitality of India as you try delightful foods and learn about the culture
Enjoy weekend trips to temples, national parks and yoga retreats
This project is for clinical year veterinary students and qualified vets. Volunteers assist and learn from the vets as they provide free and vital medical care to animals in need. You will help the team rescue abandoned and injured animals, operate, treat and nurture patients back to health.
The animals that come to the clinic are a mixture of stray dogs and cats, pets, rabbits, birds (especially during the kite flying festival, when they come in injured in their hundreds) and the occasional wildlife species such as snakes and monkeys.
Despite a great commitment from the team at the clinic, there is never a day when we reach every animal that needs our help. The clinic runs Monday to Friday at the hospital, and a separate team treat animals out on the road with 3 mobile clinic vans. The mobile team bring back emergency cases for hospital treatment. Volunteers often see a wide range of cases when in India, many of which are not seen in more developed countries.
CLINICAL CASES SEEN
Routine sterilisation (spay and castrate)
Vomiting and diarrhea (poisoning, infectious diseases or foreign bodies from eating at rubbish dumps)
Potential rabies cases
Birds brought in after injury during the kite flying festival
Broken legs (often road traffic accidents)
Infectious diseases like parvovirus, corona virus and distemper
Malnourished or dehydrated animals
Skin parasites (ticks, lice and mites)
Wounds from wire collars, snares, fights. Many are infected.
In order to provide optimal learning experiences for vet students and vets wanting to gain experience, there is one vet employed solely for the teaching of volunteers. Your volunteer supervisor vet will ensure each volunteer carries out one surgery every working day, with full supervision and guidance. This is key for developing surgical skills and confidence in a low stress, and positively supervised environment.
Volunteers who have done little surgery will scrub in with the vet, learning tissue handling skills and anatomy. Volunteers with more experience will be encouraged to carry out the surgery with less assistance. The vet will always be on standby to help when needed
The clinic is situated conveniently close to a variety of shops and restaurants. It is safe to wander the streets, discovering Indian culture and day to day life outside of working hours.
Your accommodation will be either on site at the clinic in the practice 'flat', or in a near by hotel. If you are in the hotel, the team will collect you and drop you off each day.
Rooms are shared (single sex, unless you are coming as a couple). Both accommodations are basic but clean, with single beds and en suite bathrooms. There are hot showers and traditional Indian ‘squat’ toilets.
'Incredible India' has long been renowned as one of the best travel destinations in the world. The city of Ahmedabad is the sixth largest city in India, sitting in the north west of the country.
Founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century, the ancient walled city of Ahmadabad has just been marked as a UNESCO world heritage spot (in 2017), and it is no wonder why.
The city, and surrounding state, is stuffed with breath-taking monuments and historical relics. Hriday Kunj, the very place Mahatma Gandhi resided and initiated the non-violent freedom struggle for India being just one. Volunteers often stay on to travel to other states and see world renowned Ganges river, Taj Mahal, Amer Fort or attend a yoga retreat.
The clinic forms an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of the city. It is built around a large shaded court yard, where a large pond provides cool refuge to the recovering birds. This is a place where animals come to heal.
Want to know what’s included? Great news, it is pretty much everything! Including your:
All airport collection and returns
3 authentic Indian meals a day
24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:
Visas (free to most nationalities)
Personal medical insurance
Flights to Ahmedabad in India
2 weeks £ 920
3 weeks £1,380
4 weeks £ 1,840
6 weeks On request
8 weeks On request
This project starts every Monday of the year, with volunteers arriving at Ahmedabad airport on Sunday or Monday.
Does a trip to India to work with our team sound right up your street? We look forward to welcoming you to India. To get started with a booking, just 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.