Whether you work as a Veterinary Medicine or an Animal Care volunteer you will be given a placement supervisor who is responsible for giving you a full and varied flavour of the kind of work done by people in this field. You will shadow local professionals and will gain hands-on experience which befits your level of experience. You will be able to ask questions and learn from your local colleagues. You may work in a surgery or in an animal centre, and your work is likely to involve going out on visits in the local community.
Work with veterinarians in private practice or in a clinic, or venture out with vets who minister to and specialize in farm animals. You will have opportunities to work hands-on and observe the reality of day-to-day care of animals. Also make regular house calls for poultry and dogs. Some of the common diseases include: ticks, worms, foot rot, and pneumonia. Attitudes to other types of animals are also often very different.
A dog might be ‘man’s best friend’, and considered another member of the family by a family in the First World, but it is hard to feel affection and empathy for such an animal when you live below the poverty line and struggle to feed your children. In many developing countries there is a much higher incident rate of animal neglect, and therefore also a great need for volunteer help. Working as a volunteer on a Veterinary Medicine or Animal Care project with VMG, you will gain some fantastic work experience which would simply not be possible in your own country.