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Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VWB/VSF) was founded in 2005 to facilitate volunteerism by Canadian veterinarians in developing countries around the world. Since that time volunteers have played an important role in VWB/VSF's work. 

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Volunteer with us! 

The Volunteers Engaged in Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) program aims to mobilize more than 190 volunteers in Africa and Asia over a seven-year period. 

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

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

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Join our team of volunteers!

Are you interested in volunteering with Veterinarians Without Borders? It's easy! Simply click on any position title below to apply directly for that role.

Don't see a position that fits your skills and experience? No problem, you can apply using our general application form. 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. 

Any questions? We would love to hear from you! Feel free to drop us a line at volunteer@vwb.org 

VETS Program | International

ANIMAL HEALTH AND FOOD SECURITY

HEALTH AND GENDER

COMMUNICATIONS, MONITORING & EVALUATION, AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Ukraine Response | Virtual 

Northern Animal Health Initiative | Northern Canada

Don't see what you're looking for? Submit your Expression of Interest for volunteer positions with us.

What makes an effective volunteer?

International volunteers often experience new and challenging circumstances. It's hard to know how we will react until we face those challenges. However, there are personal and professional qualities that help to identify people who will be effective volunteering and living in another country.

It is important to be flexible. International volunteers often need to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. At times you could experience inconvenience or discomfort. Volunteers need the self-confidence to take action on their own. The most effective volunteers also thrive as collaborative team members, overcoming cultural and language barriers to share accomplishments as part of a team.

International volunteering is an opportunity to develop and strengthen skills and abilities that will last a lifetime.

If you would like to contribute to the health of animals, people, and the planet, then a volunteer assignment may be right for you.

Why volunteer with VWB?

There are many reasons to become a Veterinarians Without Borders volunteer. Here are a few:

  • Volunteers support our partner organizations to make a positive difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
  • International volunteers contribute to meaningful initiatives and gain profound personal benefits through sharing skills and experience in complex and interesting contexts.
  • Volunteers often return to their lives and jobs inspired and refreshed, with a renewed sense of passion for animal welfare and international cooperation.
  • In stepping into another country and culture, volunteers experience tremendous personal growth while learning firsthand about the interconnected and ever-shrinking world we share.

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Stories From Around The World

"Women of VWB": Introducing Esther Mburu, VWB Country Program Manager, Kenya

To celebrate Women's Day 2024, we are releasing a week-long series featuring “Women of VWB”. The Women of VWB are effective and powerful change-makers who #InspireInclusion daily. Today, we introduce you to Esther Mburu, VWB Country Program Manager in Kenya.

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VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Dave in Kenya, January 2024

VETS Volunteer Voices: Interview with Dave in Kenya, January 2024

#VETSVolunteerVoices aims to bring you the stories of our passionate VETS program volunteers from the field! Meet Dr. Dave Douglas (DVM), a volunteer with VWB's VETS Program, who spent time in Kenya.

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Register for VWB/VSF's Webinar: Ukraine 2 Years later

Register for VWB/VSF's Webinar: Ukraine 2 Years later

Join us for a compelling webinar as we delve into the animal health landscape in Ukraine, two years after the onset of the war.

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  • I loved being placed in Ghana and believe I made a significant impact to the communities.
    - Madison Russel

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