India Vet Clinic
India Vet Clinic

India

The  India Vet Clinic is a charitable foundation that accepts vet/nurse  students and qualified vets and nurses. People join us from around the  world to use their abilities for the good of animals in need, and to  gain medical and surgical experience. The clinic works closely with the  local vet school and are busy from the start to the end of the day  helping animals whose owners live in poverty. They employ 7 vets, 40  staff and one vet solely to host volunteers, allowing ample one-on-one  training and chances 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.

The  clinic has four key goals that they work hard to achieve. Firstly, they  offer free vet treatment to stray animals and those whose owners who are  living in poverty. Secondly, they strive to maintain a high quality of  vet care to all species. They aim to safeguard animal welfare and  lastly, safeguard public health.


In recent years, the clinic has opened  its doors to volunteers who want to use their knowledge and skills to  give back to those less fortunate, as well as those who want to gain  experience from their busy practice. It is a fantastic placement for  anyone wanting to develop clinical confidence and learn from the huge  caseload (around 4,000 patients per month).


The ability of the vet mentors to teach  in a positive and reassuring manner is second to none and with both  private and charity clients walking in through the door all the time,  they can offer an amazing experience to volunteers.


CLINICAL CASES SEEN


  • Routine sterilisation (spay and castrate)

  • Vomiting and diarrhoea (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.



SURGERY


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 will ensure each volunteer carries out one surgery a  day with full supervision and guidance. This is key for developing  surgical skills and confidence in a low stress and encouraging  environment. Volunteers who have done little or no 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.



WELFARE EDUCATION


Volunteers are encouraged to help with  educating school groups when they visit. Teaching local children how to  better care for and respect animals is vital to improving the life of  animals across the country and leaves a longstanding legacy that will  continue long after your stay in India comes to an end. Roles include  helping give short tours of the clinic, animal handling sessions with  primary school children, and discussing the 5 freedoms in a fun and  interactive manner.

ACCOMMODATION

 

The clinic and the accommodations are  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 nearby hotel. If you are in  the hotel, the team will collect you and drop you off each day.


Rooms are shared and single sex (unless  you are coming as a married couple). Both accommodations are basic and  clean, with single beds and en suite bathrooms. Bedding is provided,  though you are asked to bring your own towel. Don’t forget to bring a  toilet roll to get you going, it is not commonly used in India! Don’t  panic though, you can be easily buy some from the local shop round the  corner. There are hot showers and traditional Indian ‘squat’ toilets.  Please note, the tap water often gives people stomach upsets, so you  will need to provide your own bottled water.


You will be provided with 3 meals good a  day included in your volunteer fee. Breakfast and lunch are served at  the clinic. Dinner will be brought to you at your accommodation. The  food consists of a range of Indian dishes, which are most often curry  based and will be selected for you (in line with dietary requirements). Please  remember 99% of Hindus are vegetarian so you are unlikely to be served  meat during your stay. If this is not to your liking you are welcome to  buy and cook your own meals, but it will not be covered in your project  fee. If you have any dietary requirements, please make us aware of them  when booking and if you wish, the team will try and get you out for at  least one ‘western’ style meal each week.


There is free WIFI available in your  accommodation. Outside of the house, your options are to utilise an  internet café in town, or to unlock your SIM card for international use  and then buy a local sim card and data package on arrival.

LOCATION


'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.

PROJECT COST


Want to know what’s included? Great news, it is pretty much everything! Including your:


  • Pre-departure assistance

  • All airport collection and returns 

  • All accommodation 

  • 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



START DATES


This project starts every Monday of the year, with volunteers arriving at Ahmedabad airport on Sunday or Monday. 

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Worldwide Vets LTD

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