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Ghana: Volunteer Veterinary Medicine Work-Experience Placements

Veterinary Medicine in Ghana Ghana, in Western Africa, is a wide expanse of mostly low plains. Its climate is hot and tropical, with pockets of dry or humid areas in certain parts of the country. A portion of the land is used for farming and the welfare of domestic animals is seen as an essential part of the rural development.

Whether you are a pre-university student considering a career in veterinary medicine, an undergraduate or a graduate, working as a veterinary volunteer will allow you to gain invaluable experience of vaccinations, operations, laboratory work, post-mortems, meat inspections and the routine treatment of domestic farm animals and pets.

Shadowing local vets will give you experience of diseases that have been eradicated in the West, and will also give you a better understanding of the problems that vets and farmers face. By showing initiative and a willingness to get involved, you will benefit from this truly rewarding experience.

Veterinary Placement volunteers live and work in Accra or Kumasi.

Volunteering on a Veterinary Placement in Ghana with Projects Abroad

Veterinary Medicine in Ghana As a volunteer in Ghana on one of our Veterinary Placements, you can provide effective and practical help working on a variety of tasks. When you arrive at work on your first day, you will be assigned a supervisor who will be able to advise and support you during your placement, and of course our Projects Abroad staff are always on hand too.

In Ghana, Projects Abroad volunteers work in city clinics. In the mornings this involves dealing with pets. There are plenty of pets such as dogs and cats, but many of the patients are small back garden livestock such as goats and chickens.

In the afternoon there are sometimes opportunities to go out into the field to visit farms or even Accra Zoo. You will be involved in administering vaccinations, and observing and assisting in operations, laboratory work, post mortems and routine treatments. You'll learn how to handle different animals and will see examples of diseases and conditions that have almost been eradicated in developed countries.

Whichever voluntary placement you are working on, your input will be greatly encouraged and appreciated.

This project is available for two weeks if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

Experiences on Voluntary Veterinary Placements in Ghana

"The people I worked with at my placement were lovely and appreciated that I was not only a volunteer but also there to gain experience in my chosen career. They allowed me to be involved in many of the cases, the most memorable being the chance to assist in the birth of a baby goat... It was the most amazing experience."
Louise Ellerton - Veterinary Medicine volunteer in Ghana

"Although I had little experience, I was lucky and surprised at what I was able to assist with.I helped to castrate pigs and vaccinate dogs!"
Timothy Adams - Veterinary Medicine volunteer in Ghana

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