Thailand Vet Clinic
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 peoples travel bucket list and our the 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.
Help dogs and cats in need
Support a fun and enthusiastic team of animal lovers
Reduce the stray population through sterilizations
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
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 sterilizations, 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.
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)
Road traffic accidents
Leg amputations (dog, cat)
Diagnostics (blood, smear and crush samples)
Infectious diseases like parvovirus, corona virus and distemper
Diagnosing and treating internal and external parasites
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
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
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 sterilized). 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.
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 one more colleagues. 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 meter walk down the road from the house brings you to Khoa 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 meters 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.
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.
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
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)
Personal medical insurance
Rabies vaccine, proof of which is required before you attend the project
This project starts every Monday 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.
WHAT IF I CAN’T ATTEND DUE TO COVID?
Don’t fear! We have FLEXIBOOKINGS in place for all our projects. If you book a trip with us and have paid for the trip (deposit or in full), we have protocols in place to ensure you don’t miss out. Our main aim is for you to be able to attend your project in a safe and convenient manner so the FLEXIBOOKING system allows free and unlimited date changes if Covid prevents you from attending your planned trip. In the case of the following problems, you can reschedule until the end of 2023 at no cost. N.B if the project price rises between years, we will ask you to make up the difference before travel.
A) Your home country cancels flights to the project location, or your government advises against “all but essential travel” to the destination due to Covid.
B) Destination country cancels flights or closes borders to your home country due to Covid.
C) If you get Covid before travel or have a positive PCR test before your flight, wherever possible we aim to reschedule your project free of charge. In a few instances, the project may request a repayment of the non-refundable deposit, for example Safari Vet Internship project, where there are a set number of volunteers are needed to run the course.
If you choose to cancel your trip for other reasons, refund value depends on the time left until your project start date. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further.
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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".
"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"