Veterinary Medicine Trainee

Use your knowledge and gain international experience in veterinary medicine. Assist with operations and procedures and support vets with their duties.

About the Program

Use your skills to gain international experience in veterinary medicine in the Caribbean.  Assist with operations and procedures, support vets with their duties and provide care and affection to animals who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.

Sadly, it is not uncommon to find abused, neglected or abandoned animals in areas affected by poverty, and there are very few organisations dedicated to rescuing these animals.  V2 Volunteers & Vacations has developed partnerships with veterinary clinics in Tobago who need helping hands to effectively carry out their duties.  You will help by feeding the animals, performing basic health checks on the animals, provide them with affection and company and carry out rescue missions to save abused animals.  

If you have been studying veterinary science, you can join us on our veterinary assistant program and receive invaluable first-hand experience of veterinary practice in the developing world.  Our partner organisation is an Associate Member of the RSPCA working to cure and rehabilitate injured and mistreated animals in Tobago.  

Webinar

Volunteers are encouraged to think about their time overseas and how they can adapt to the culture where they will be staying.  The webinar is a chance for volunteers to ask any questions and for us to address any concerns before the adventure begins.

Orientation upon Arrival

Volunteers will have a one day orientation session that will cover the following topics:

  • How to adapt to a new culture and understand cultural differences
  • Local knowledge (local amenities, language skills, and embassies & consulates)
  • Personal safety and crime awareness
  • Crisis management, including how to handle medical emergencies, security risks, and natural disasters
  • V2 policies including complaints and code of conduct
  • Specific training for volunteering role
Training and Support

Both V2 and our partner organisation will support you throughout your placement. V2 conducts Health and Safety checks to ensure that volunteers are placed in a suitable and safe working environment. Our partner organisation will provide orientation and training sessions on arrival so that you will feel comfortable carrying out your duties. Each volunteer will be assigned a Mentor/Project Supervisor to guide them through everything they need to know.

Safety 

At V2, we take safety seriously. The V2 team are very well-acquainted with the islands we operate on and the highest priority for our local staff is volunteer safety. Their job is to ensure that risk assessment and health and safety checks are conducted before volunteers are placed. We conduct three main risk assessments:

  • Accommodation
  • Placement organisation
  • Third party providers

Carrying out these assessments helps V2 identify risks and mitigate their impact. These are reviewed after all V2 Experiences and any findings that may impact the success of our operations are addressed.

By the end of one of these placements you will have:

  • hands-on experience in the field of animal care and veterinary medicine
  • a better understanding of animal care in an international environment and the different regional approaches to veterinary medicine
  • raised awareness about responsible animal care in the local community
  • helped many local, wonderful animals in need!

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

Volunteer activities for Animal Care Assistant include:

  • Basic animal training
  • Community outreach and educational programmes
  • Feeding, walking, and exercising the animals
  • Rescuing animals
  • Undertaking basic health checks on animals
Volunteer activities for Veterinary Surgeon include:
  • Carrying out health checks on animals
  • Conducting medical procedures and treatments
  • Rescuing animals
  • Promoting animal welfare
Volunteer activities for Veterinary Nurse include:
  • Assisting Veterinary Surgeon with medical procedures and treatments.
  • Carrying out health checks on animals
  • Conducting minor procedures
  • Rescuing animals

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
Veterinary Medicine, Animal Sciences at One year of university study level
Other Skills
Relevant work experience if no university study.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

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Veterinary Medicine Trainee Appreciate the stunning historical sites Learn all about the Tobagonian culture! Animal shelters carry out vital work Veterinary surgeries are often underfunded. Ready to get stuck in!

Free-time activities

V2 organises trips that showcase the best of Tobagonian culture. Volunteers trek through the island's lush tropical rainforest, explore the spectacular Buccoo Bay coral reef, and can take a relaxing dip in Nylon Pool, amongst other options. We are always on the look out for new trips and excursions and we are open to suggestions from volunteers. We can also help volunteers organise solo trips, if they wish.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Services

What's included?
Accommodation - Meals - In-country transportation - Tours - Leisure activities - 24 hour support from the V2 team on the island - Pre-departure webinars - Full orientation when you arrive - Mobile phone to use during your stay - Recommendation letter that can be used to support future job or college applications
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

We provide airport transfers. Once you have confirmed your booking with us and booked your flights, let us know when you arrive and we will make sure that one of our team are there to greet you in a bright green V2 t-shirt!

Accommodation

We house our volunteers in carefully selected guesthouses or with local families who have been fully vetted for safety and comfort. All of our accommodations have internet, so that you can keep in touch with loved ones back home.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

We provide fresh, homemade breakfast and dinner as part of the price. We do not provide lunch but there are plenty of inexpensive options in the area, and we make sure to provide you with snacks. We can cater to any dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan, and any allergies or religious requirements.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
1 week (min. stay)
$1575
2 weeks
$1946
3 weeks
$2318
4 weeks
$2689
5 weeks
$3061
6 weeks
$3432
8 weeks (max. stay)
$4175

You can volunteer at the project site in Buccoo/Trinidad and Tobago between 1 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. V2 Volunteer & Vacation will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$1048/week
Deposit (20%)
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 (80%)
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Trinidad and Tobago

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Trinidad and Tobago. Please check the visa regulations for Trinidad and Tobago.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Trinidad and Tobago.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Crown Point Airport (TAB) in Tobago. We assist you to find cheap flights to Trinidad and Tobago.
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 Trinidad and Tobago provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Trinidad and Tobago you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Trinidad and Tobago.
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Trinidad and Tobago upfront.
Buccoo Point, Buccoo, Trinidad and Tobago