An excellent opportunity for qualified vets, veterinary students and veterinary nurses alike, here’s your chance to gain hands-on experience of working with local cat and dog populations on the picture-perfect islands of Koh Lanta. Situated off the Andaman coast in south Thailand, the islands are renowned for their golden sandy beaches and sparkling waters, and are a haven for laid-back travellers looking to soak up vibrant Thai culture! On this Veterinary and Animal Welfare Project, you’ll work alongside experienced vets to treat and rehabilitate animals at a busy centre.
In many parts of Thailand (particularly the popular tourist destinations), over-population of cats and dogs is a big problem. You’ll work with an organisation that is striving to humanely control these animal populations; depending on your level of experience and also how qualified you are, you might assist with surgical procedures, give vaccinations, administer treatments, perform consultations or monitor anaesthetics. Veterinary students can expect to receive guidance and mentoring from the clinic’s expert vets, whilst more qualified vets will spend most of their time performing sterilisations and other treatments. During your time off, explore the islands’ beautiful beaches and mountains, visit quaint fishing towns, take Thai cookery classes, or simply relax and enjoy your time in paradise!
As in many parts of Thailand, the overpopulation of cats and dogs on the islands of Koh Lanta is a huge problem. The only way to achieve manageable population levels in a humane way is to ensure that fewer unwanted animals are born into a life of unnecessary suffering. Volunteers on this project work with an organisation that was set up in 2005 to control cat and dog populations in the area, through implementing an extensive sterilisation programme. Since the organisation’s inception, they’ve carried out over 8,000 sterilisations, making a massive difference both in Koh Lanta and other outlying islands.
Another vital part of the programme is education and outreach – many local methods of animal population control are incredibly cruel (poisoning, drowning or knifing, for example). The organisation runs classes in local schools to help increase knowledge and raise awareness of animal welfare issues. As awareness continues to grow within local communities, more and more animal owners are bringing their pets, or injured stray animals, in for treatment at the clinic. On top of this, the organisation also have mobile spay and neutering clinics, and run fundraising activities to ensure that their programmes can continue. By volunteering with this vital organisation, qualified/student vets and veterinary nurses can provide invaluable help to the animals of Koh Lanta.
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