Veterinary Experience

Get some hands-on experience in veterinary work, animal care and animal management, all of which will increase your knowledge of working closely with animals. Through either volunteering in a project where you can take part in veterinary techniques or by getting involved in our veterinary internship, this is a fantastic way to broaden your CV as well as your experience.

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Romania - Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Volunteer at Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary, helping to care for the world’s most beloved animal. Watch the bears enjoying their newfound freedom as you look after their basic needs in this beautiful woodland haven. Romania is described by many of our volunteers as “Europe’s hidden gem”, and with its vast number of outdoor, historical, cultural and city pursuits, you won’t want to leave!

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South Africa - Veterinary experience in South Africa

Veterinary experience in South Africa

Gain unparalleled access to wildlife experts on a Big 5 game reserve, home to some of the most magnificent mammals on this planet. Shadow a vet on their rounds of the on-site rehabilitation centre and get stuck in to the veterinarian’s role on the wider game reserve – from darting animals to doing game captures, from health checks to autopsies.

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Thailand - Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Bears, birds, orangutans, monkeys, gibbons, deer, otters – and much more! – are being cared for by volunteers like you at this inspiring sanctuary on the outskirts of Thailand’s largest national park. Help to look after over 400 neglected animals, rescued from the cruel tourist trade, and brought to this sanctuary to recover. If that isn’t enough of a draw, there is even an on-site elephant sanctuary that you may be able to help at too.

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South Africa - Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

Become part of an elephant research team, monitoring these gentle giants in their daily lives together. The project is located in a beautiful park, where you will be working closely with orphaned elephants as they recover from previous trauma and stress. In your free time, explore the stunning Garden Route and immerse yourself fully in this wonderful corner of Africa.

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Ecuador - Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador

Volunteer with over 200 exotic Amazonian animals in a beautiful rain forest sanctuary. From monkeys to forest cats, from caimans to birds, from tortoises to rodents, this wildlife haven is home to amazing animals aplenty. Contribute to their rehabilitation and care during the week, and explore this stunning corner of Ecuador on your weekends.

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South Africa - Veterinary internship in South Africa

Veterinary internship in South Africa

Travel the Eastern Cape on this mobile veterinary internship, helping to care for sick and injured animals in game reserves, vet clinics, farms and local communities. See some beautiful sights and amazing animals in rural Africa, all whilst making a genuine contribution to the welfare of local animals, and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them.

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South Africa - Volunteer with lions in South Africa

Volunteer with lions in South Africa

Head to LIONSROCK, South Africa’s largest big cat sanctuary, to volunteer with lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards and other magnificent animals. Wake to the roar of the lions each morning, and immerse yourself in the daily life nurturing these animals, from monitoring to feeding, from enrichments to education. Witness the amazing sight of these big cats forming prides, and living a life as close to the wilderness as possible.

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Hands-on experience looking after animals

If you love animals and are thinking about a future career in veterinary work or animal care, then we have projects that are perfect for you. Oyster offers internship programmes in South Africa that are designed to give you a hands on experience in treating and working with a range of exotic animals on game reserves, farms and clinics. This is a fantastic way to make a genuine contribution to animal welfare, whilst improving your own veterinary knowledge and enhancing your C.V. In addition to this, you will get the chance to live and travel in some of the most exciting locations in Africa. You will get to know the locals, make new friends, and obtain great practical and theoretical experience to set you up for study!