“As I will be studying to be a vet in the coming acedemic year, I came to [this program] during my gap year to gain experience in a different country to Norway. Due to the timing of my placement, I was able to get involved with [the] annual rabies campaign which, even with the long days… I was also lucky enough to inject a couple of shelter animals and observe various surgical procedures.”
– Oda I.
“Decided to volunteer because you always say ‘One day I’ll go to this charity and help out’ but very few actually do. On my first visit, I was quickly made to feel like a member of the clinic undertaking consults and surgery for paying clients but I enjoyed the Spay Day and Farm Clinics (field work) the most! I also really enjoyed the opportunity to go with Anne-Marie on dog trainings, what a fantastic thing to be able to visit Malawian homes and to see how a typical (well, a well-off) Malawian dog’s life looks like; it’s very different to how our European dogs live! When I returned in 2017, I was able to relaunch [the] stray dog population control at Kamuzu Central Hospital which was an amazing opportunity to make a major impact on Lilongwe’s huge stray dog problem.”
“I volunteered [here] a few years ago and had an amazing experience. Dr. Ssuna and his team work tirelessly, educating the public and improving the health and lives of companion animals. One of my favorite programs is how they go out into the villages weekly to do spay/neuter clinics, reducing the number of unwanted dogs immensely. They’re an incredible organization and every donation they receive goes towards their programs like the spay/neuter clinics, caring for the homeless animals in their care and providing vaccinations. If you’re passionate about animal welfare like I am, this is a great organization to support.”
– Kate K.
“I’ve just spent 3 weeks as a veterinary volunteer… Thankyou to all the staff for being so welcoming and making my stay so enjoyable. I’ve had fantastic time, i particularly enjoyed the spay days and working wih the donkeys. I can thoroughly recommend [this program] to anyone thinking about doing volunteer work. Thanks so much everyone – keep up the good work!”
– Sophie G.
“I have just come back from a 2 week stint… We sent a vet and nurse team out to help with cover while they were short of vets. We expected to have lots of routine vaccinations and neuterings but also in reality saw a variety of weird and bizarre cases that we would never have imagined! We loved all the friendly staff… and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of working out of our comfort zone for a bit. It was great to see that their neutering days also involved vaccinating for rabies, a worming injection and a spot on for each dog! Fantastic! Tracey and I are both very sad to have left all our friends… and hope to see them again some day.”
– Kate M.