Animal Care Volunteers: feeding, cleaning, nursing puppies/kittens, providing physical therapy, giving basic medication, clipping nails, socializing, general love & cuddles
Vet Interns (Pre-vet students, Vet Students, Vet Techs/Nurses): assist vet with daily procedures, manage pre- & post-op care, monitor vitals & anesthesia during surgery, perform spay/neuter operations* (vet students only, at the vet’s discretion & under supervision), administer oral/SC/IM/IV medication, and other jobs at the vet’s discretion (e.g. vaccinations, blood draws, diagnostics)
Vets: treat sick & injured animals, spay/neuter operations on street animals (TNR), mentor volunteers & trainees
All (optional): community outreach (visit Buddhist temples and other local communities for vaccination days, on-site treatments, and animal welfare education), research projects (congenital abnormalities in Cambodian cats, TVT, FIV, etc.)
- Animal Experience (hours/week): 30-40
- Vet Experience (hours/week): 30-40
- Clinical Experience (hours/week): 20-30
- Surgical Experience* (hours/week): 5-10
*Animal welfare is the most important factor to consider when allowing students to perform surgery- we cannot guarantee surgical experience in any session on any program, because welfare must be assessed in each case. The estimated number of student surgeries per week is based on past volunteer experiences, however, animal welfare conditions, student experience & confidence, weather, national holidays, and other variables may affect the availability of student surgeries.
Free Time: volunteers have up to 2 days off to explore Phnom Penh. Local activities include Central Market, Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, Mekong River, and many local events with live music. Phnom Penh is full of culture with markets and food stalls alongside western bars and restaurants. The city is centrally located, so volunteers can travel almost anywhere in the country on their days off, including Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat (a temple complex and one of the largest religious monuments in the world) or Sihahouk Vill and Kampot for the beaches.