Dog Rescue in Nepal- Veterinarian Placement.


The health of domestic and feral animals is more than the health of dogs. Insuring the population of street dogs in a community is healthy (and shrinking) means the humans in the area are less likely to get sick and the wildlife in the area are more likely to survive. It has been shown the higher the population of dogs, the lower the population of wildlife. Spaying and neutering dogs means we can help more than just the dogs we treat, we can help the whole urban ecosystem. Our domestic program is in Pokhara, a vibrant mountain community with some of the most spectacular vistas you will have the pleasure of seeing. While in Pokhara you will be working with a group who is working relentlessly at helping reduce the street dog population. Spay and neuter clinics are just the beginning! You will also be able to participate in vaccine clinics. This group provides free rabies vaccines to dogs throughout local villages and in the close by Tibetan refugee camps. In Pokhara you will be working with dogs, cats sheep and buffalo directly but you will also be taking time to live in the community and talk with locals about animal welfare and humane treatment of feral, wild and domestic animals. Greater change can only happen with a greater emphasis on education and outreach programs and this Experience will have you working to influence many different people. If you are interested in knowing more about Tibetian culture, educational curriculum planning and community outreach at a grassroots level- this Experience is for you!

Includes: Airport pick up and drop off (at the Pokhara airport), Guest House Accommodation, Meals (two daily at the guest house, one daily at the centre), On-site training, Emergency Support, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), American and Canadian clients get 50% off at the online AEI IceBreaker store, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (through automatic membership to a volunteer only travel discount program), 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance. Are you thinking of fundraising for a portion, or all your fees? Many of our clients have been very successful with their fundraising efforts. To learn more about their successful fundraising projects and see how you can fund raise for your experience, please visit our fundraising page!

Excludes: Flights, Entry visa costs, International and domestic airport taxes, Immunizations and medications. The rabies vaccine is required for this any volunteer who will be coming in contact with domestic and feral dogs and cats. Volunteers should talk to their doctor about becoming rabies vaccinated, the average cost is $600- $1000 in North America

 Accommodation: You will be staying at a guest house that is within walking distance to the centre. It is operated by a local family who will be happy to show you around Pokhara and recommend the best places to trek, boat and learn more about Nepali and Tibetian people. Are you nervous about travel and your safety? It's okay, travelling and volunteering can be overwhelming, that is why we exist! To help you travel safe, volunteer smartly and get back home in one piece. To read more about how we help you stay safe, please read our Guide to Safety.

 Volunteer Activities: Medical volunteer activities include assessing, diagnosing and treating sick and injured dogs and cats, vaccinating, deworming, administering anesthesia and performing surgical procedures. Standard volunteer activities include helping to socialize the dogs and cats, washing and brushing the dogs at the shelter, cleaning enclosures, feeding the animals, helping with administrative tasks, distributing promotional materials, educating the public on stray dogs and promoting rabies awareness. There is a high level of community involved in this Experience. Volunteers visit local Tibetian refugee camps, schools and community centres to give presentations and provide free care to locally owned animals.

This is an ongoing program with operations every day of the year. There are no specific start or end dates. We work with you and your schedule so you can serve this community and help animals when you are available.

Classification of Placement: Medical: Entry, Advanced and Specialized.

This Placement partner has requested only veterinary volunteers at this time. If you have experience in: veterinary medicine, please consider applying today to save lives and help the community.

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OAVTThis is an official pre-approved OAVT Partnership. All participants are eligible for a minimum of 5 Continuing Education credits.
Trip Cost
length of stay
Price (in canadian dollars)
2 weeks $ 1365
3 weeks $ 1555
4 weeks $ 1745
8 weeks $ 2505
Groups of 5 or more: 10% off individual fees.