Combined Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Volunteer Projects in Argentina
- Placement locations: Córdoba
- Role: To work alongside a local vet treating and caring for domestic animals
- Types of Placement: Veterinary clinic and dog shelter
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
The Combined Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care project in Argentina is very much a practical placement for people who love animals! Whether you are a pre-university student considering a career in veterinary medicine, an undergraduate, graduate, or simply a passionate animal lover, you can get involved in this project in Argentina.
Combined Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care volunteers work in Cordoba, the second largest city in Argentina. Here, you will divide your time between a vet clinic, and a dog shelter. However, you can work at the dog shelter full-time, if you choose, instead of splitting your time between placements.
Unfortunately in Argentina, as in many other undeveloped countries, domestic animals are often not cared for properly and animal rights are not taken into consideration. Many visitors to Argentina are surprised by the numbers of stray dogs and people using horses as transportation. It is sadly common for cats and dogs to be abandoned and they may suffer car accidents, starvation and numerous illnesses.
Volunteering on a Combined Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care Placement in Argentina with Projects Abroad
At the clinic volunteers observe how the animals in the clinic are treated and often have the chance to assist the local vet during an operation, or when checking an animal. Volunteers also help liaise with the animal's owners. The amount of hands-on work allocated will depend on your individual level of knowledge and experience.
The dogs’ shelter is located in Villa Allende, 20km from Cordoba. The shelter accommodates more than 150 dogs. The dogs stay at the shelter until they can be re-homed. The shelter is run by the local town hall, however it receives little funding and the conditions are extremely basic.
Volunteers help by feeding the dogs, washing them and walking them, so they are not left all day in their cage. Volunteers also help by writing blogs and recording the details of each dog, including the vaccines they need and their age. Help is also appreciated with finding homes for the dogs and maintenance work at the shelter.
At the dogs shelter there is likely to be plenty of hands-on work for all volunteers, including putting to use what you have learnt at the clinic working with the vet. You will be able to help with vaccinations and delousing the dogs.
Speaking at least some basic Spanish is recommended and the more you speak the more you will be able to get involved with liaising with the pet’s owners and tasks like finding foster families for the dogs.
On your first day you will be introduced to the placement supervisors and the vet you will be working with. You will typically work for about four hours a day.
You can join the Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care project in Argentina for one, 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 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.