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Thailand Vet Clinic

Thailand

A busy vet clinic located in Khao Tao, right by the beach and overlooking the gulf of Thailand. This beautiful and culturally rich area is top on many people's travel bucket list and the project provides an authentic way to get to know Thailand whilst giving back to animals in need. You do not need any qualifications to attend this project, although it is a popular vet and nurse student placement, as well as new graduates wanting to develop their experience. Your daily tasks will be tailored to your level of training.  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS


  • Help dogs and cats in need


  • Support a fun and enthusiastic team of animal lovers


  • Reduce the stray population through sterilisations


  • Vets, nurses and vet/nurse students will assist with medical and surgical treatment


  • Non vets will provide support to the medical team and help rehabilitate and socialise the dogs and cats


  • Educate the community about animal care and welfare


  • Discover delightful Thai culture and delicious Thai foods


  • Weekend trips to meet monks, track wild elephants and enjoy the beach

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Facilities at the clinic include 22 kennels, a clinic to perform surgeries, isolation room, and a play area for dogs. From these premises, we coordinate and conduct all sterilisations, vaccinations, parasite treatments, veterinary care and rehabilitation for abandoned, mistreated stray animals. We also venture out to surrounding villages regularly to perform fieldwork, caring for upwards of around 750 street dogs on a monthly basis, and educating Thai youth and adults on proper pet care.


A typical day for a volunteer includes carrying out treatments for sick and injured animals as well as some clinic admin work. Working hours for volunteers are Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30 with Saturday and Sundays free. Clinical cases are varied and include the following.

CLINICAL VOLUNTEERS


Those with medical experience (vets, nurses, vet students in years 3 and above, and all vet nurse students) will take a clinical role in line with your abilities, future career path, and level of training. You will be supervised throughout your stay in line with Thailand’s laws, and work underneath a locally registered veterinarian at all times.


As your skills progress, you will be given more independence to complete procedures and develop your clinical reasoning and skills. With the huge caseload coming in, you will have plenty of chances to participate in all aspects of medicine and surgery. Jobs can include:


  • Spays and castrations

  • Caesareans (dog and cow)

  • Consulting

  • Vaccinations

  • Fracture repair/splinting

  • Road traffic accidents

  • Leg amputations (dog, cat)

  • Diagnostics (blood, smear and crush samples)

  • Managing tetanus

  • Wound management

  • triaging emergencies

  • Infectious diseases like parvovirus, corona virus and distemper

  • Diagnosing and treating internal and external parasites

  • Euthanasia


NON CLINICAL VOLUNTEERS


Vet students in pre-clinical years (1 and 2) or volunteers with no medical training, who wish to join us to care for, support and rehabilitation of animals in need, will assist with the following duties:


  • Restraining animals for, and learning to give intramuscular injections

  • Educating owners about husbandry

  • Helping vets and nurses prepare for surgery

  • Watching various surgeries

  • Helping nurses with anaesthesia

  • Feeding the dogs, cats and other animal inpatients and rescues

  • Kennel cleaning

  • Sterilising surgical tools and packing surgical kits

  • Learning to bandage and changing dressings

  • Giving TLC to our strays and rescues

  • Playing with and walking the dogs

  • Socialising dogs

  • Developing confidence in dogs that are due to be rehomed


OTHER ROLES FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS


Fieldwork (or what we refer to as a ‘feeding run’) involves befriending various packs of dogs with food, administering parasite treatments & vaccinations, assessing the overall wellbeing of the packs, providing wound care to injured dogs as well as identifying & recording changes in numbers (i.e. new litters of puppies, newly dumped dogs, pregnant females, etc.) and condition (i.e. dogs to be sterilised).  At any given time we oversee as many as 800+ stray street dogs so fieldwork plays an essential role in our commitment to improving the lives of Thailand’s stray animal population.



All the members of this team are willing to dig in and get their hands dirty with all aspects of animal care and we ask our volunteers to adopt the same attitude. No one here is above grooming dirty dogs, picking up poo or cleaning kennels when it needs to be done. Whilst it will not be the focus of your stay, a can-do attitude is important when working as part of a small team for the good of the animals.


Other responsibilities include spreading awareness about the clinic, educating local communities about animal/pet care and maintaining our presence on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Extra weekend excursions are included within the volunteer program. You will participate in a guided meditation with our local monk, attend a Thai cooking class and will learn to cook traditional Thai dishes then enjoy eating it together.  Hike to Sam Rai Yot temple which is set in a stunning cave overlooking the stretching landscape below. Volunteers also visit Kui Buri National park, which is known to be one of the best places in Thailand to see wild elephants.

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ACCOMMODATION


Accommodation is in an authentic Thai house on a gorgeous ocean front street. The house has a fresh clean decor, hot showers, western style toilets, free wifi and air conditioning. Depending on the number of volunteers at the time, you may be sharing a room with a fellow volunteer. Kitchen utilities, cutlery, and appliances such as a refrigerator, microwave, kettle, toaster and stove are available. Whilst we do not provide food, the local eateries are a treat and you can comfortably buy your food and drinks for under £8 a day.


A mere 150 metre walk down the road from the house brings you to Khao Tao Beach. Those in the know consider it to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Hua Hin area; with a backdrop of a large golden Buddha at the top of the hill, one couldn’t want for a better place to start or finish the day! Then, if it couldn’t get any better, 150 metres in the other direction, you have Khao Tao lake. With a mountainous backdrop this lake is surrounded by locally owned shops and restaurants for you to enjoy some incredibly delicious, authentic, and cheap Thai food.

LOCATION


Thailand requires little introduction. World famous for amazing foods, welcoming people, inspiring religions and stunning beaches. The clinic and kennel facilities are located on the grounds of Khao Tao Temple, a Buddhist temple that borders a long stretch of beach. The temple grounds and its surroundings are conducive to healing of animals and people alike, and the beach and ocean are perfect for rehabilitation through hydrotherapy and daily walks. 


Khao Tao is an authentic Thai village about 12 kilometres south of Hua Hin, away from the hustle and bustle of a big town, but close enough to enjoy the amenities that a city offers. It is safe to go out and explore the area around the house and clinic. There is a good selection of local restaurants within walking distance of the clinic that offers both Thai and western food options. The volunteer house is a 5 minute walk around the corner from our clinic.

PROJECT COST


2 weeks: £800

3 weeks: £950

4 weeks: £1100

5 weeks: £1250

6 weeks: £1400

7 weeks: £1550

8 weeks £1700

Longer stays by request



Want to know what is included? Great news, it’s almost everything including

  • Pre-departure assistance

  • Airport collection and returns

  • Accommodation in an authentic Thai house on a gorgeous ocean front street

  • Wifi at the clinic and your accommodation

  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff

  • Subject to program duration, program additions include excursion to a cave temple, Kui Buri National park safari to track wild elephants, meditation session guided by a local monk and Thai cooking classes


OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:


  • Vaccinations - you are requested to be vaccinated for rabies 

  • Meals (you can self cater for under £8 a day)

  • Visas 

  • Personal medical insurance

  • Flights

  • Rabies vaccine, proof of which is required before you attend the project

START DATES


This project starts every Monday of the year and you depart the project on a Sunday. You will be picked up and returned to Bangkok airport with a drive of about 3.5 hours to the project. Alternative start dates can be accommodated with advance planning so please contact us if this may suit your plans. 

Volunteer feedback

Fiona tuckett

May 2022

Best part of volunteering: "I’d recommend this trip any day of the week and am forever grateful for the opportunity that I was able to have. Being part of the team and making the best friends that not only could I see every day but learn a lot from".

Zara Celeste

September 2022

"There were so many chances to help animals on this project, from the vet clinic to helping socialise the dogs. Loved it all, and desperately want to go back. Traveling there solo was fine, the team make you feel so at home you are settled in no time"

WHAT NEXT?


We want you to join us in Thaland to help animals in need. If you are ready to take on this adventure just click the "apply now" button and we will be in touch with you shortly.

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