Professional Volunteering Opportunities for Veterinarians in Samoa
- Placement location: Apia
- Requirements: Degree in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Nursing or a related subject
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start Dates: Flexible
Due to a lack of Samoan vets and poor local knowledge of animal welfare, clinics and shelters in the region rely on volunteers who are certified veterinarians to help them achieve their goals and deliver numerous services to the Samoan community.
As a qualified veterinarian or veterinary nurse, you will be able to support the work done by local animal welfare organisations.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can volunteer veterinarians or veterinary nurses help in Samoa?
Projects Abroad is partnered with an animal welfare organisation in Samoa working mainly with cats and dogs. The organisation was created by a group of dedicated individuals to meet the urgent need for animal healthcare of these domestic animals. Previously, there had been no structured organisation focused on animal health and welfare. The major focus of our partner organisation is on managing dog and cat populations around Samoa through sterilising animals and running educational workshops in local communities.
With your experience and skills, you will cover a number of important roles from providing consultations or treatments for sick and injured domestic animals to assisting or performing animal sterilisations. You will also help manage the daily running of the organisation.
You may also contribute to the development of their mobile veterinary clinic and the provision of free mass sterilisation services, as well as providing educational programmes to schools and community groups.
As an experienced veterinarian, you will be able to work unsupervised on certain cases, allowing local staff time to carry out other pressing tasks.
You will work weekdays – and sometimes out of hours – depending on the individual project and how you develop your role with your project supervisor. This project runs throughout the year.
What will I gain from this project?
You will be working for an established organisation, with existing and devoted local sponsors and donors, which have a well-developed community outreach programme. Consequently you will be able to grow your existing expertise by working in an environment where the government, sadly, has limited resources.
You will also have the chance to progress in skills and experience in a wide range of areas, which will prove to be invaluable to your career. These are project dependent, but may include:
- Developing a human resourse strategy for provision of fully staffed APS operations.
- Using your qualifications to train staff and other volunteers.
- Forming baseline population data studies for the Samoan community.
- Developing projects/programmes through the process of sharing ideas.
What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Samoa is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a Samoan family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
If you have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Nursing or a related subject then you will be suited for this project.
Ideally, a qualified veterinarian or veterinary nurse would also possess at least two years’ experience of practising professionally.
Specific specialisms or interests in your field will be highly desirable. Please discuss this with us on application.
You can join the Vet project in Samoa for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more.This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.