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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.


Working hours for volunteers are Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30 with Saturday and Sundays free. Volunteers are split into two teams, clinical volunteers and non clinical volunteers. 

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, may assist with the following duties:


  • Dog walks (beach/lake walks)

  • Special walks (assisting handicapped dogs with wheelchairs on the beach, aqua therapy, and rehabilitation cutest dogs ever!)

  • Crate training for dogs and cats awaiting international adoption

  • Basic puppy training

  • Shy dog training (dedicated volunteers work with shy dogs to build trust and confidence) Leash training

  • Clicker training

  • Bottle feeding puppies and kittens when needed

  • Cleaning duties

  • Washing and grooming dogs

  • Feeding dogs and cats

  • Monitoring for signs of illness

  • Enrichment activities (making toys and treats, building enrichment in kennels)

  • Bottle feeding puppies and kittens when needed.

  • Cleaning duties

  • Washing and grooming dogs

  • Feeding dogs and cats

  • Monitoring for signs of illness

  • Enrichment activities (making toys and treats, building enrichment in kennels)


OUTREACH ACTIVITIES


  • Feeding runs for local stray dog packs (32 packs and growing so this is a daily activity) 

  • Monitoring stray animals health and assisting with parasite treatments

  • Witnessing and viewing catching/darting dogs (as this role can be quite  dangerous, volunteers can only spectate and learn from our  qualified team.)

  • Donating pet food to low-income families

  • Responding to reports of ill/injured dogs with our outreach team

  • Befriending packs

  • Returning dogs to their packs once sterilised and or recovered from injuries

  • Assisting the education team in teaching English and animal welfare to  children at a local orphanage (this is an option for all volunteers  every Wednesday, turned out to be a highlight of the week for a lot of  our volunteers)


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 available at an extra cost  and can be scheduled within your off days during your volunteer placement. These extra activities include participating in a guided meditation with our local monk, attending a Thai cooking class and learning to cook traditional Thai dishes then enjoying eating it together.  Hiking to Sam Rai Yot temple which is set in a stunning cave overlooking the stretching landscape below. Volunteers can 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. It is a 20 minute walk from the clinic, and we also send a free shuttle for you each day if you prefer a lift. The house has a fresh clean decor, hot showers, western style toilets, and free wifi. 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


We run both a clinical, and a hudbandry focused option for this project. We have discounted the clinical project rate to increase accessability 


2024


2 weeks: £1040

3 weeks: £1275

4 weeks: £1510

5 weeks: £1745

6 weeks: £1979

7 weeks: £2,214

8 weeks: £2,449



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 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

  • Additional excursions


PROJECT SPECIFICS


· Thailand Vet Clinic Clinical

  • AGE: 18 +, no upper limit

  • QUALIFICATIONS: 3rd year vet or 2nd year vet nurse, qualified vet/nurse welcome

  • EMS, CEMS, CPD, CE


· Thailand Vet Clinic Non-Clinical

  •  AGE: 18 +, no upper limit

  • QUALIFICATIONS: No requirements. Vet students years 1-3 only. No vets or nurses. This is NOT a clinical project

  • EMS

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. 


The clinical section of this project is now FULLY BOOKED FOR 2024. Slots for 2025 are filling fast so do hurry to book your slot for 2025.

Volunteer feedback

Sanna Korhonen

September 2023

"Cooky the veterinarian was really friendly and welcoming. I loved to learn about the differences in veterinary medicine when comparing to my home country. Every day was different and although we were situated in a bit more remote part of Thailand, Hua Hin was really close and I was never bored. Other volunteers and the staff were also one of the best parts of my experience. I gained many friendships during my volunteering."

Ella Mareschal

June 2023

"The best part of this project was the vet team getting me involved in the vet clinic and meeting the different dog packs on feeding runs"

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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