Especially when working with animals it is crucial that you have all the required vaccinations. Ask your doctor, which vaccines are recommended when working with
certain animals and boost your vaccines for tetanus and rabies in particular.
In most cases, you will volunteer at your own risk. Therefore, be sure that your insurance covers for all contingencies. Check with the project you’ll be working
with if there are special policies, you have to take care of.
Depending on which country you volunteer in animal care, you should gather all necessary information concerning the respective status of the animal you going to work
with. As one example, elephants are considered to be sacred in some Asian countries. Pay your respect to the animals and the culture and therefore, help to foster a
Even if you already have an inherited hypersensitivity or another predisposition that was already noticed by a doctor it’s not impossible to volunteer in animal care at
all – you just have to take a few precautions before going to the project site. Most likely, a pet hair allergy will arise. Ask your doctor for a check-up in advance.
In the beginning, you may feel a little bit insecure when working with animals for the first time. A good advice: try get rid of that insecurity as soon as possible.
As animals can sense your unease, they will get nervous and it will be even harder to work with them in a proper way.