Clinic & Community Outreach

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Clinic & Community Outreach in Cambodia
This program aims to create sustainable animal welfare in Cambodia by tackling overpopulation (spays & neuters), teaching local communities and schools about animal welfare (education), and improving the quality of veterinary care (training).

 

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$250

USD per week

Included:

  • Safe and comfortable accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre-departure support
  • Clinic support

 

Not included:

  • Meals (approx. $50 USD per week)
  • Free-time activities
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)

 

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Arrival dates every Saturday

Limited to 2 vet interns + 2 animal caretakers + 2 vets / week

Minimum duration: 4 weeks (no max) 

*Vets do not work on public holidays- although students cannot work with our vets during holidays, we encourage qualified vets to join us during those periods.  Cambodian holidays can be found here.

5 working days + 2 free days (optional) per week

Shifts: 7:30am – 5:30pm, 8am – 6pm, or 8:30am – 6:30pm

Daily routine

  • 8am: morning feeding & medications
  • 9am: vet rounds
  • 10am: operations & intensive treatments (e.g. chemotherapy)
  • 2pm: lunch
  • 4pm: afternoon feeding & medications

*Activities may vary based on the needs of the community, including regular spay drives, emergency calls, and Khmer holidays.

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. 

Volunteers stay in a guesthouse adjacent to the clinic with 5 bedrooms (each with a double bed and private bathroom), a shared kitchen, and a large roof deck. Bedding (pillows, sheets and blankets), A/C, wi-fi, and TV are included. Food is not included but the staff are happy to help you find local groceries & eateries (cost is roughly $50 USD per week). 

 Who?

Animal lovers, Pre-vet students, Vet students, Vet techs/nurses, Vets

What?

Small Animal

When?

All year (vets do not work on national holidays)

Where?

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

“Being a volunteer… is an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. Every day there is something different and new. One day I might be helping a cat learn to walk again, another might be spent snuggling a litter of kittens. You never know what new or exciting project will arise during your time here. And what’s more, you are able to see the change you’ve made. You can see the difference in the faces of the animals you’ve helped and also the people who know and respect the Mission. I’m so thrilled I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the staff, the animals, and the friendly people of Cambodia.”

– Shaldon B.

Volunteer Stories

“[This program] has the right idea when it comes to animal welfare – the only thing that will make a difference to the overpopulation problem is consistent neutering schemes based in-country… the founder achieves this seamlessly by building working relationships with the Buddhist pagodas and surrounding local people in order to allow them to understand the benefits of neutering. One of the few NGOs who really understand the situation in Cambodia and are actually making a significant difference!”

– Lauren M. 

“I wanted to gain some experience working in an NGO with a mission that I am passionate about, and to learn about running an organisation.  I have had the opportunity to help out with everything related to fundraising and communications and every day I do something different which keeps things interesting. The team have been incredibly helpful and approachable and I have really loved coming into the office, especially when you can take a break and play with friendly dogs and cute kittens! I definitely feel like I have gained an unforgettable experience and I feel that I am helping to make a difference in the lives of rescued animals.”

– Caroline F.