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Volunteering With VWB/VSF

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VWB/VSF was founded in 2005 to facilitate volunteerism in developing countries. Volunteers (national and international) continue to play an essential role in our work. 

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Do you want your personal and professional endeavors to have purpose? Do you want to use your time, energy, and talents to create a positive impact for the animals, communities, and environment we share? Become a VWB volunteer! We are always looking for passionate and purposeful people to work with us in Northern Canada and overseas.

Apply today for a volunteer placement and see where in the world your compassion will take you... 

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Are you interested in volunteering with us? Simply click on any position title below to apply directly for that role.

Questions? Feel free to drop us a line: volunteer@vwb.org 

International | VETS Program 

The Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) program aims to mobilize more than 190 volunteers in Africa and Asia over an 8-year period (2020-2028). Learn more about VETS.

Current VETS volunteer opportunities are listed below. If you don't see one that fits your skills and experience, apply using our VETS General Volunteer Application. Our partners often require skills and experience which may not be expressed in a position below so there may be an opportunity to design a custom placement based on your skill set which is in line with a partner's needs. 




Northern Canada | Northern Animal Health Initiative 

Why volunteer with VWB?

There are many reasons to become a VWB volunteer. Here are a few:

Support local organizations: Volunteers support our partner organizations to make a positive difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Give and grow: Volunteers contribute to meaningful initiatives and gain personal benefits by sharing skills in complex and interesting contexts.

Be inspired: Volunteers often return to their lives and jobs inspired and refreshed, with a renewed sense of passion for animal welfare and international cooperation.

Expand your mind: Volunteers experience new countries and cultures, learning firsthand about the interconnected world we share.

What makes an effective volunteer?

Adaptability: Flexibility and openness to new cultures, environments, and ways of living are crucial for navigating unfamiliar territories.

Empathy: Understanding and compassion towards the communities and individuals being served fosters meaningful connections and effective collaboration.

Resilience: Ability to bounce back from setbacks, navigate uncertainties, and persevere through challenges is essential for long-term success.

Cultural Sensitivity: Respect for diverse customs, traditions, and social norms helps prevent misunderstandings and fosters positive relationships within the community.

Communication Skills: Clear and respectful communication, both verbal and non-verbal, facilitates effective interaction and mutual understanding.

Teamwork: Willingness to collaborate with local partners, fellow volunteers, and community members promotes collective problem-solving and shared achievements.

Initiative: Taking proactive steps to address needs, find solutions, and contribute positively to projects demonstrates resourcefulness and commitment.

Adaptability: Being willing to learn and grow, embracing feedback, and continuously improving oneself enhances effectiveness and impact over time.

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Volunteer internationally with VETS

The Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) program aims to mobilize more than 190 volunteers in Africa and Asia over an 8-year period (2020-2028). Learn more about VETS.

VETS volunteers include veterinarians, veterinary technologists, animal and human nutritionists, professors of veterinary medicine, veterinary clinic managers, rural development specialists, communications advisors, business development advisors, monitoring and evaluation, gender specialists and others.

VETS volunteer placements range from three weeks to two years, depending on the nature of the position.

Open VETS volunteer positions are listed above, on this page.

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Avian Influenza Overview: What You Need to Know and Where to Learn More

Avian Influenza Overview: What You Need to Know and Where to Learn More

In this article, wildlife health specialist and VWB/VSF Board Member, Jolene Giancinti (BHSc, DVM, PhD) answers common questions and reviews best practices around Avian Influenza Viruses (AIVs). The goal is to provide you with a technical overview and spark your interest in learning more.

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Ask an Expert:

Ask an Expert: "How can we work with northern communities to strengthen access to animal health care?" with Dr. Trace MacKay

Holding over 21 years of veterinary experience, Dr. MacKay has volunteered her time with VWB since the formation of VWB Canada in the early 2000s.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Building Capacity for a Better Tomorrow

VETS Volunteer Voices: Building Capacity for a Better Tomorrow

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field. This blog (part 3 of 3) was contributed by Izabela Wlodarczyk, a Communications Volunteer with our VETS program in Laos (Feb-June 2024).

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  • My voluntary assignments in Ghana for the past three years have dramatically improved animal production in terms of reducing mortality and increasing the size of the herd/flock.
    - Joseph Ansong-Danquah

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