Thai Island Domestic Veterinarians

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founded in 2011
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Meet our resident, adoptable animals and see how your project fee helps animals from all over Thailand.
You’ll meet loads of great people and we know you’ll have lots of fun, but the animals come first.
Enjoy a working holiday and contribute to these animals who need us.
Visit Kitty Cafe and enjoy delicious wraps, brownies, cupcakes or a cooling iced tea. No animal products have been used in any of the food or drink sold. All proceeds go to caring for our animals.
Enjoy living on an island in Thailand eating beautiful food and meeting the locals.
This project’s objective is to relieve the suffering and pain of animals on this island in Thailand through sterilisation and care. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+

The Centre

The project started in 2005 when it became apparent that dog and cat populations were spiralling out of control and cruelty to these animals was prevalent. One factor was that after the Tsunami during the Thai construction boom, construction workers came to the island with their dogs but left them behind when the buildings were completed. The number of tourists visiting the island and feeding these dogs increased which resulted in their survival and reproduction rates causing over population.

The centre’s primary objectives are to control the population of stray animals on Koh Lanta Yai in a humane way through sterilization programs and to provide medical attention to sick and injured animals. To date, over 8,000 animals have been sterilised and treated.

The centre also aims to promote awareness and educate the local community on the importance of animal care and respect to local dog and cat populations. This assists in helping to reduce the local issues of abuse and over population.

The Location

The centre operates on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta Yai, the largest of the island group on the west coast of southern Thailand. While home to many resorts, bars and restaurants, the atmosphere remains relaxed and tranquil compared to other more developed Thailand destinations.

The island itself is comprised of several stunning beaches, a large protected national park, a historic Chinese fishing village, mangroves and caves. Eating is relatively affordable and there are options for every culinary appetite. Nightlife varies from relaxed bars on the beach to occasional dance parties and live reggae music concerts. Tour operators provide easy and affordable island-hopping and diving/snorkelling trips.

While Koh Lanta Yai is home to a large melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims and sea gypsies, this island folk live in peace and harmony with one another. With this kind of mix, Koh Lanta Yai is always celebrating an event of some kind, be it part of Thai Buddhist, Thai-Chinese or Thai-Islamic tradition.

Our Volunteers


Due to a lack of funding and support, the centre relies heavily on donations and the work of volunteers to keep it operational.

You will make a positive difference to the lives of dogs and cats, work with a dedicated and enthusiastic team and be given the opportunity to converse with the local people on this important issue.

Volunteer Types

  • Senior Veterinarians: Senior vets have 2 years' experience as a veterinarian.
  • Graduate Veterinarians: Graduate vets have 1 year experience.
  • Vet nurses

Your primary goal is to work with the general volunteers caring for the animals. Only half a day a week is spent sterilising and providing medical treatment for incoming patients. We ask that applicants notify us of their comfort level in performing under these circumstances independently.

Conditions Onsite

It can be very emotional work treating and caring for sick and abused animals so you should try to be prepared for this. Be rest assured that you are amongst like-minded people who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as you and will be there to support you.

Thailand has rich, biological diversity. However, sadly increasingly, human pressures such as overexploitation, habitat loss and habitat degradation, are pushing many of Thailand creatures to the brink of extinction. In Thailand, as in every country in the world, animals are abused and exploited for profit and human gratification. There are many examples of animal exploitation for the tourist industry, such as animals performing in degrading shows and elephant riding camps. There is also a thriving illegal trade in wild animals for pets.  O2E ask that volunteers do not engage in activities that involve animal exploitation. 

Please Note

The second instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.

Typical day

Senior Veterinarians Senior Vets may be responsible for spaying/neutering dogs and cats and providing medical treatment. 

Graduate Veterinarians Graduate Vets may work with Senior Vets for mentorship and training. The new graduate will be given the opportunity to perform sterilizations and basic surgical procedures independently once the Senior Vet determines he/she is competent. In the absence of a Senior Vet, we ask that new graduates be integrated into the daily schedule with other general volunteers. This includes general animal husbandry and management of shelter/clinic operations. Because they will be the only medical staff present, we will depend on them to respond to incoming patient demands and monitoring of centre residents, though they will not be allowed to perform any invasive surgical procedures.

Vet Nurses Vet nurses are flexible with their roles, providing support to both vets and general volunteers. They assist in sterilisations and surgical procedures, as well as administering medication and vaccinations to patients and shelter residents.

The most common cases we see at the clinic are:

  • Motorbike/Car Accidents
  • Poisoning
  • Bite wounds
  • Infections
  • Skin disorders (mange, ringworm, etc)
  • Cat flu
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

For any complicated and invasive procedures that require more sophisticated equipment, we direct the client to a mainland hospital. 

Volunteers work 6 days a week.

Free-time activities

The island of Ko Lanta Yai has 9 gorgeous white sandy beaches, splendid scenery and coastlines boasting more than 70 small islands with forests, coral reefs and underwater life.

Most people spend one day of their holiday in Koh Lanta Yai driving around the island on a rented motorbike or car. You can simply take a map and drive. Being an island, it's hard to get lost, but if you do, it will be an experience in itself. Inland, you'll find small villages that seem completely undisturbed by tourists, beaches used only by fishing boats, lush landscapes of rice paddies and plantations and great viewpoints on the way to the fascinating Old Town in the south east.

Some of the many things to do include:

  • Cave exploring
  • Diving, snorkelling and kayaking
  • Visiting beaches 
  • Visit the National Park and Klong Jak waterfall
  • Thai language classes
  • Thai cookery classes 
  • Spa treatments and massage
  • Eating out
  • Enjoying the nightlife
  • Visit the surrounding islands

Renting a scooter is an easy and convenient way to get around the quiet roads on the island. The cost is about 150 THB (US$4) a day or 2500-3000 THB (US$70-90) a month. O2E strongly supports the use of helmets and long protective clothing while riding scooters to avoid serious injury. 

Please note

Thailand offers many activities that include animals. O2E recommends that volunteers refrain from riding an elephant, having your picture taken with an animal or visiting a zoo or animal entertainment venue. These activities exploit, abuse and overwork animals and many are considered illegal by the Thai Government. 

Any tour, activity or show that involves the use of animals in Thailand falls outside the O2E Policy for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Thailand offers many opportunities to see wildlife roam free in their natural habitat.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Required Documents
Proof of travel Insurance docs and Proof of vaccinations
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You will need to be in good physical condition due to the nature of the work undertaken in a hot and humid environment. You should be patient, caring, willing to accept new ideas and be prepared to be challenged by alternative cultural views on the treatment of animals.

Naturally, a love for cats and dogs and a genuine need to help them is a must.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

What's Included

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What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Informative project orientation upon arrival including location information
  • Accommodation (if a room is available but not guaranteed)
  • All necessary training by staff or volunteers
  • All necessary placement equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Local transport to the project. O2E can arrange transfers or you can take the local bus and ferry
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas and entry permits
Airport Pickup at Krabi Airport

Airport pickup can be arranged.


Accommodation on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta, which is based in the South West of Thailand, on the Andaman Sea and is still relatively unspoilt compared to many other islands in Thailand. But Koh Lanta has plenty to offer with SCUBA diving, snorkelling, boat trips, cave exploring, cookery classes, yoga and paddleboarding. 

The project has limited free accommodation, so get in early, or your accommodation will be at a local bed and breakfast or eco-resort style lodging within walking distance to the project.  Volunteers must pay for their rooms and the room type and cost depends upon availability. 

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Krabi Airport (KBV) in Krabi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers can start this project Monday - Sunday, all year 

To get there, fly to Krabi, Thailand. O2E can arrange an airport pick up for you. Another option is an overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Trang, then a bus to Koh Lanta. Alternatively, if you fly to Phuket you can get a bus from the airport to Koh Lanta, or take a bus to the port and get a ferry (Nov-Apr only). The journey time from Phuket is around five hours.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3 - 11 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$ 690
4 weeks
$ 691
5 weeks
$ 692
6 weeks
$ 693
7 weeks
$ 694
8 weeks
$ 695
9 weeks
$ 875
10 weeks
$ 876
11 weeks (max. stay)
$ 877
Average fees
$ 155 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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Thai Island Domestic Veterinarians

This project’s objective is to relieve the suffering and pain of animals on this island in Thailand through sterilisation and care.


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