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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.

The Veterinary 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.

Your primary goal is to sterilize and provide medical treatment for incoming patients. We ask that applicants notify us of their comfort level in performing under these circumstances independently.

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 and will be able to assist in all programs at the Centre.
  • Graduate Veterinarians: Graduate vets have 1 year experience and will work with Senior vets and Centre staff.
  • Vet nurses: will assist vets and resident staff.

Conditions on site

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.

Please note

The first installment 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“.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

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

Graduate Veterinarians Graduate Vets will 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 will assist in all sterilizations 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. 

You will work 6 days a week.

Details on Arrival

The start dates for this program are Monday - Sunday, all year 

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
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 straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Any questions? Just ask. We at Oceans 2 Earth are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

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.

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Hiking
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  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
  • O2E T-Shirt
Please note that the first installment of your program fees ($495 AUD) is due within one week after having paid the deposit on Volunteer World.
Airport Pickup at Krabi

Airport pickup can be arranged.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay in male or female dorms with two bunk beds per room, some with ensuite bathrooms. 

There is a communal volunteer house with a kitchen and dining room.

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
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Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$490.00
8 weeks
$530.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$560.00
Average fees
$85.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Koh Lanta Yai, Thailand/Thailand between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

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Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Thailand.

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Airport
The nearest airport is Krabi (KBV) in Krabi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
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