Vets needed in Amman
Jordan is an exciting place to visit, steeped in history with striking scenery including rose-coloured deserts, mountains and gorges. This is the land of ancient faithes, Roman emperors and Lawrence of Arabia. You’ll find the landscape peppered with desert castles and old settlements. Amman, the capital, still keeps that sense of history but embraces the best of modern life too.
Oyster is involved with an ambitious project just outside the centre of Amman, which aims to improve the lives of local animals (domestic, working or stray). Its two-pronged approach offers care and treatment for suffering animals, as well as trying to influence better treatment and care of animals
At the centre of the project is a new, state of the art veterinary hospital, one of the most up to date in the Middle East . As the country becomes more aware of animal welfare a shortage of veterinary skills is becoming evident and they are very short of qualified vets (and student vets) to help them in their work, both in the hospital and in the surrounding villages.
What will I be doing?
- Veterinary work You will join a team of 2 vets and 15 lay people at the veterinary hospital. The animals and procedures will be familiar, so you will be able to apply your knowledge straight away and will quickly become a valued member of the team, but in a culture very different to that in the UK. We are confident you will gain from this experience and it will enhance your CV. You will be given responsibility for a range of routine operations, including spay and neuter and a range of injuries. You could also help with the centre’s mobile clinic, visiting villages and seeing parts of Jordan that the tourists never get to. There might also be opportunities to help at another clinic dealing with wild animals such as lions and hyenas.
Your first contact will be with the clinic and its head Margaret who will be there to assist with any queries. Margaret is very knowledgeable and as a local person will be able to help with any concerns. The veterinary clinic will be overseeing your time in Jordan and the very helpful staff will be there to answer questions.
This will either be in the comfort and warmth of a local family or the independence of local accommodation which can be arranged with you depending on your preference, timing and availability.
Both options will give you an opportunity to have a flavour of Arabic, a beautiful and fascinating language. You will also find the people both friendly and appreciative of the help you can provide.
Amman has plenty to offer in the evenings and weekends, with lively bars and restaurants, delicious street food and beautiful parks.
Cost and what is provided
A month long placement in Jordan would cost £1495 (including flights from London).
What is Provided?
- Phone or face-to-face interview and detailed briefing
- Pre-departure briefing covering medical, safety and placement advice
- Details of visa requirements
- Help and advise from our UK office before departure and whilst away
- Finding you suitable accommodation whilst in Jordan
- Flight from London with flexible return date for qualified vets only (modest fee levied by airline for date changes)
- ATOL Financial Protection
- Met at Amman airport and taken to accommodation
- Assistance and support form our representative whilst on your placement
- Trip to the Dead Sea
- Free access to InterHealth's Travel Health Advice Service
- Free myTsafe secure document storage account - worth £25!
What do I need?
- A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of your placement
- Insurance - we recommend you a policy
- Pocket money - eating out, telephone cards etc - recommend £200 max for one month.
- Warm outdoor clothing for the evenings
- All home country travel costs (to airport and to interview if face-to-face)
- Organising and paying for independent travel including return to local airport
- Independent travel costs
And one more thing...
Jordan has 8 months of guaranteed sunshine a year!