Veterinary Internship at a Zoo

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High­lights

Observe side-by-side Veterinarians
Ideal for pre-vet and veterinary students/graduates
Participate in the daily routine providing medical care to land/marine mammals, reptiles & birds from all over the world
Participate in environmental conservation & educational projects
Participating in actions (education and awareness events)
Shadow veterinarians in Greece for up to 40 hours per week at the Athens Zoo. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

This is an in-country hands-on internship program with provided shared housing and local team support.

Interns will have the opportunity to observe side-by-side Veterinarians in the Attica Zoological via its Park Service Learning Program and participate in the daily routine providing medical care to land/marine mammals, reptiles & birds from all over the world. Our team consists of professional zoo keepers, animal curators, educators and veterinarians actively involved in wildlife conservation efforts “in situ” and “ex situ”. The Attica Zoological Park is a proud member of EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) and of EAMM (European Association of Marine Mammals) and, as such, conforms to strict guidelines regarding animal husbandry, conservation, education and security. All veterinary staff are bilingual and some of which have completed their veterinary training abroad, eliminating any language barriers and offering international expertise.

Internships start on Mondays (with arrival on a Sunday) and interns have a choice to participate to a program between a minimum of 4 weeks or up to a maximum of 24 weeks .

For this program the participants need to be physically fit and able to undertake manual labor, enjoy practical activities, feeding & caring wild animals, work quickly and reliably both as part of a team and independently, have good oral and written communication skills, be safety aware.

As for Greece, perhaps there is no need for an introduction. It is one of the most popular and safest destinations in the world. Situated in southeast Europe it is blessed with sun, friendly people, rich cuisine and a truly unique landscape that spans from green forests to the deep blue sea. With its 2,500 years of history and its 1,400 islands there is plenty to discover in Greece and it will satisfy the most demanding visitor. Greece is one of the warmest countries in Europe with long, hot & dry summers and mild winters. The popular time to visit Greece is between May to September end. Occasionally heatwaves may occur with temperatures peaking (1-2 days) around 105°F / 41°C.

Typical day

A typical working week runs from Monday to Friday, with each day beginning at 8am and ending around 4pm/5pm. During this time, you will take part in the daily routine providing medical care to land/marine mammals, reptiles & birds from all over the world

Free-time activities

The placement takes place inside the vibrant city of Athens where many cultural events and activities take place. You have the chance to explore the historical sites of Athens or swim in the beaches around it. During your weekends you can travel to near by cities, towns or take the ferry to one of the hundreds of picturesque islands.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Passport copy, Profile Photo and Vaccination Certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Participants need to be physically fit and able to undertake manual labor, enjoy practical activities, feeding & caring wild animals (birds, primates, felids etc), work quickly and reliably both as part of a team and independently, have good oral and written communication skills, be safety aware.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Cerca Abroad
To apply for this internship, its quick, easy and free!
– Program Fees Include:
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Customized internship plan
  • Fully furnished shared Accommodation
  • Local English speaking coordinator
  • International reference letter
  • Internship placement
  • Program & host city orientation
– Program Fees do not include:
  • Local activities & meals
  • International/local travel costs
  • Travel document assistance & Insurance
  • Any other service not mentioned

We will review your application and if we accept you on this internship we will ask you to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The remaining of your internship fees (less your initial deposit payment) will be due no less than 30 days before your internship start date.

Airport Pickup at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
The program fee includes a free airport pickup on the Sunday before the Monday start date. To qualify for the free pickup interns are required to arrive between 9am-6pm. At the airport interns will be welcomed and transferred to their housing. For interns arriving at an earlier date, a pickup maybe provided if requested and subject to availability.


Accommodation

The accommodation is fully furnished (single or double beds), with WiFi, shared with 1-5 other mixed-sex interns. The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation or private apartments can be arranged in advance, if requested and subject to availability.

Bedroom (Single)
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 Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) in Athens. We assist you to find cheap flights to Greece.
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 Greece provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The program operates throughout the year

Internships start on Mondays and interns have a choice to participate to a program between a minimum of 4 weeks or up to a maximum of 4 weeks .

The program fee includes a free airport pickup on the Sunday before the Monday start date. To qualify for the free pickup interns are required to arrive between 9am-6pm.At the airport interns will be welcomed and transferred to their housing. For interns arriving at an earlier date, a pickup maybe provided if requested and subject to availability.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,700
3 weeks
$2,300
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2,900
Average fees
$788 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Cerca Abroad 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 Cerca Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Veterinary Internship at a Zoo

Shadow veterinarians in Greece for up to 40 hours per week at the Athens Zoo.

$788/week

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