Perfect for those interested in a career working with animals either as a vet, veterinary nurse or just giving general care, animal care volunteering placements are a great way to increase your knowledge and relevant skills for your future profession.
Animal care volunteers are stationed in either surgeries, animal centres or out in the local community, and usually work alongside professional veterinary physicians allowing time to shadow them and gain knowledge from their practises. Regular tasks carried out by volunteers include preventative care, de-worming dogs and cats, emergency care and more. A mature attitude, the ability to work hard and a passion for the industry are all necessary for animal care volunteers as there may be lots of early morning starts, long days and hard labour to be done. Most programs include accommodation, often basic. Sometimes meals are also included or you can receive a discount on main meals.
If you’re interested in a career in animal care include an animal care project as part of your gap year itinerary and learn valuable skills and know-how to take home and apply to your own studies and/or work experience.
Help out at a primate rescue centre located on the edge of the Amazon rainforest
Patrol the glorious sandy beaches of Costa Rica as you wait for turtles to come to shore and lay their eggs. Help protect hundreds of baby turtles as they scramble to the sea post hatching.
Work hands on with cheetahs and be part of a pioneering project. Enjoy a trip to the Kruger National Park during your placement.
Help on an inspiring mission to regenerate the rainforests in Borneo, and see pygmy elephants, orangutans and a huge range of other animals in their natural jungle habitat.
Provide bears with a new life in the largest bear sanctuary in Eastern Europe. Explore your fascinating surroundings, with Dracula’s castle and ski-friendly mountains right on your doorstep!
Hand-rear rhino and other species in the Care for Wild Africa project.
Assist at a sanctuary which provides a home for elephants in their natural surroundings. Help with community intiatives and explore the tropical forests learning more about the community
Protect and conserve an important loggerhead turtle nesting area in the Mediterranean
Live and work with other volunteers to conserve and protect one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in Greece
Venture into the jungle to teach indigenous tribes, conserve marine life and hot foot it across to the Philippines to summit the Bulusan Volcano and help with island reforestation.