Veterinary Student Internship

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Our Vet Student Internship mixes animal shelter tasks with practical, hands-on experience in veterinary care. Assist our vets with procedures (depending on experience), administer wound care, and perform health checks for the animals in our care. Our challenging but enriching internship will offer vet students the skills, experience, and knowledge they need to thrive in a career in animal welfare, and will test their understanding through regular assignments and practicals that prepare them for the world of veterinary care.

Our resident vets are always happy to teach veterinary students who want to gain more knowledge and hands-on experience working with animals. Working with Dr. Aey, Dr. Peace, and our veterinary assistant, Ghet, interns will gain invaluable skills including check-up examinations, reporting, and treatment assistance. We are always excited to help students forge a career in animal welfare by offering advice and guidance, and upon request, a reference.

If you are looking for a veterinary internship, look no further than Rescue P.A.W.S.! Not only will you learn immensely but you will get to enjoy a work abroad experience with animals unlike any other, make new friends from around the world, and live in a beautiful and authentic Thai setting.

What are the program requirements?

Our first requirement is that individuals come prepared to learn and to work!
Interns MUST have rabies vaccinations due to the nature of the work. Your safety and enjoyment is of the utmost importance to us, so we will require volunteers to follow our rules of conduct at all times.

We offer an inclusive program that welcomes intern applications from all nationalities. We require that vet interns must be either currently studying, or have graduated in, a veterinary studies program. We also require that vet interns must be able to speak English or Thai to allow for easy communication.

Please make your interest in gaining veterinary experience known and we will arrange for you to be given allotted times to work alongside our senior vets and veterinary assistant.

As a Vet Student Intern, what will I be doing?

Veterinary Student Interns will participate in many of the same tasks as our volunteers, however, there will be significantly more guidance and learning opportunities from our resident vets. As a Vet Student Intern, you will partake in tasks including (but not limited to):

Fieldwork – Consists of feeding runs in the local area to packs that we have befriended over time. During this time, you will be given the opportunity to learn more about stray animal behaviour, help us to maintain their health with necessary treatment supervised by one of our resident vets, and continue to help us on our mission to sterilize as many dogs as possible in the area. You will be able to assist during sterilizations and get valuable, hands-on experience with surgeries and wound care.

Daily Dog Care – Caring for animals includes many daily tasks such as cleaning, feeding, and beach or lake walks for all the animals. We encourage our staff to engage our dogs in play and build relationships with them for a healthy well-being. All volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of cleaning and animal welfare. Afternoon activities change daily depending on the needs of the animals and can include feeding runs, parasite treatments for local packs, releasing dogs back to their packs, and dog training.

Health Checks and Procedures – Sit in on veterinary procedures and help the vets with wound care. Perform weekly bathing and de-ticking sessions to maintain the health of the animals.

Media – Help us promote our organization by taking photos and footage of your days as a Rescue P.A.W.S. intern. You will be provided with help and advice to create visually appealing content that will be utilised on our website and social media channels. We also encourage our interns to submit blog entries to our blog.

What is included in my internship placement?

Accommodation and associated utilities are included in the program price. The volunteer/intern house comes equipped with Wi-Fi, kitchen, and washing machine.

Interns also benefit from cultural activities including visits to Pran Buri Forest Park, Thai cooking classes, and temple meditation.

How should I prepare for my internship abroad?

If you want to be a veterinary intern at Rescue P.A.W.S, you will need to prepare for your trip! Firstly, all interns must have up-to-date rabies vaccinations.

Interns must bring enough appropriate clothing for their placement length. Rescue P.A.W.S. is based on temple grounds, and as such, everyone at Rescue P.A.W.S. is expected to respect the necessary dress code. This means all volunteers must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees, and must not be revealing or too tight.

Thailand temperatures can reach highs of 45 celsius/104 fahrenheit so ensuring your clothes are light and breathable will help when working outside, which should also be considered when bringing clothes to wear on your days off. Most interns and volunteers choose to wear leggings or lightweight pants with loose, baggy shirts that cover their shoulders, chest, and hips. Keep in mind that whatever you choose to wear during your time at Rescue P.A.W.S. will definitely be getting dirty!

We recommend bringing sun protection as it can be hard to find sunscreen in Thailand that does not contain whitening agents.

We send every intern introduction packs with more comprehensive, useful information and are always on hand to offer assistance with visa applications. Should you need any additional help, please contact coordinator@rescue-paws.org.

What can I do outside of work and on weekends?

Some must-do activities while in the area include:

– Cicada Market
– Temple visits
– Visiting local beaches (Sai Noi beach is just a minute’s walk away from the volunteer accommodation)
– Spend time at Sanae Beach Club (also a minute’s walk from the volunteer accomodation)
– Walk along Khao Tao lake
– Meditation workshops
– Muay Thai classes
– Hua Hin Artist Village
– Kitesurfing
– Shopping
– Exploring the local fishing village of Khao Tao
– Visiting the Khao Tao Temple lookout and seeing the Golden Buddha
– Khao Takiab
– Organize a workshop or fun activity day with a nearby orphanage
– Mangrove Forest
– National Parks
– Visiting the water park
– Visit Pala-U Waterfall

If you want to become an Vet Student Intern at Rescue P.A.W.S., contact us below… 

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