Zanzibar veterinary clinic

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Zanzibar veterinary clinic

Countries: Tanzania
A veterinary project for everyone including school leavers, pre-vets, vet student and those who want to help care for animals

Zanzibar veterinary clinic



Sitting in the middle of a spice farm on the tropical island of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania, is the Zanzibar Veterinary Clinic. 

Whether you are an animal lover wanting to assist with caring for the inpatients, or a vet or student wanting to help and learn from the busy caseload, all are welcome.



  • Work on the stunning island of Zanzibar
  • Join a friendly and fun vet team working for animals
  • Have 1-1 teaching from both vets and nurses
  • Project tailored to your knowledge and skills, from those wanting to help care for street dogs, to vets wanting to improve their surgery skills.
  • Work for underprivileged families, making a real difference in Africa
  • Learn from medical and surgical cases with a range of domestic and farm species
  • Spend weekends on the beach
  • Dive deep in to Zanzibar's culture, mingling with local people as you help their animals

The clinic is a hub of activity for local animals requiring treatment. No animal is turned away and patients include donkeys, cows, goats, dogs, cats and birds. As an charitable, self funded non government organisation the clinic aims to:

  • Establish care, support and animal protection services
  • Tackle the stray animal population
  • To stop animal overloading, beating, mishandling and animal cruelty.
  • Provide education and awareness to local communities


                                                               above: a young donkey under intensive care at the clinic                                                                                                                                                           above: castrating a cat during a mobile clinic day


Husbandry Work

  • Riding and training the horses
  • Kennel cleaning
  • Dog walking and grooming
  • Donkey feeding and grooming
  • Milking the dairy cows
  • Building enrichment for the cattery

​Veterinary work

  • Spays and castrates
  • vaccination programs
  • Emergency call outs
  • Routine house visits
  • Treating all the animals presented to the clinic
  • Busy Saturday clinics can see over 50 animals coming in


Those without prior veterinary training will be be educated and trained in the following jobs and will then be able to asssit the clinic each day by:    

  1. changing bandages
  2. providing medication to animals on long term treatment
  3. bathing animals suffering with parasite or skin problems
  4. feeding the cows, dogs, horses and donkeys
  5. asssiting the team with cleaning kennels
  6. nursing sick animals under the vet's guidance
  7. gain a knowledge of fluid therapy and anaesthetic monitoring

Those studying veterinary nursing or medicine will work alongside our experienced vet and learn accademic and clinical skills as they do the following: 

  1. participate in supervised surgery with the vet
  2. help spay and castrate animals
  3. develop skills in wound care and management
  4. learn to splint/cast and manage broken legs
  5. scrub into soft tissue surgeries
  6. develop clinical confidence by participating in consultations
  7. understand how to diagnose, manage and treat tick and mosquito bourne diseases
  8. Learn to triage emergency cases


On Saturday afternoon and Sundays, volunteers can explore tone town or sunbathe on miles of pristine beach.

                          above: ultrasounding a pregnant goat                                                                                                   above: two young dogs come to greet volunteers on the beach                                  above: Historical stonetown, a great place to shop or try fresh local foods

The clinic is located in the middle of a spice farm just 20 minutes drive from Stone Town, an UNESCO world heritage site. It has been purpose built, with kennels, cattery and also paddocks for large animals like cows and  donkeys. At any one time there are numerous dogs, cats, cows and donkeys which are resident at the clinic. The care of these animals is just one of the jobs our volunteers assist with when they are not busy helping the vet with consults and surgery.

Volunteers live on the spice farm, close by to the clinic, in three charming round buildings near the house of the practice manager. You can choose to have your own space (if numbers permit) or share accommodation with friends or other volunteers. Food is not included in the price of the trip, but the fresh sea food, meat and vegetable markets in Stone Town, provide very cheap and delicious ways to cater for yourself, or treat yourself to some of the world’s finest restaurants as you live as a local on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.


 above: project founder Anna and one of the                                         above: Dr Flavi, the clinic's head vet                                                                          above: young boys bring the family animals for treatment at a Saturday Clinic

clinic's permanent resident horses​



This project starts every Monday of the year, with volunteers arriving at Dar-Es-Salaam or Zanzibar airport on Sunday or Monday.


Pre-departure assistance
All airport collection and returns
All accommodation
24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff

Medical and travel insurance
Flights to your chosen destination

2 weeks - £420

3 weeks- £600

4 weeks - £800

5 weeks- £1,000

6 weeks - £1,200

8 weeks - £1,400

10 weeks - £1,600

12 weeks - £1,800



We want you to join us in Zanzibar, to help the animals and have the adventure of a lifetime. Sound good? Just contact us via email and we will email you back to discuss your prefered start dates. A 200 pound depoist paid in to our UK bank account will confirm your space until the final payment is paid before you join us on Zanzibar.

You can find out more about this project by opening the project brochure on our web page.



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