Did you know that according to a recent survey published in the Vet Record, the second most popular career path for veterinarians is equine practice?
While there are a number of referral hospitals, most practitioners will work in the field as first opinion vets. And although all efforts are made to assign new graduates to easier cases and less demanding clients, this cannot be guaranteed (especially out of hours). Therefore, newly graduated vets are often treated no different to a more experienced partner, in the expectations that they travel and attend cases alone.
This still remains a daunting experience causing unnecessary anxiety to vets new to the profession. Especially as (while the academic preparation is unquestioned) the hand on experience is known to be lacking amongst UK new grads.
What if we told you we could help you get comfortable with those skills required to attend your practice calls? And all the while having fun, exploring and experiencing new cultures?
WVS focuses on delivering education worldwide, and this is done in areas where the need is the greatest. In our elective summer camps, vets are exposed to the lifestyle they will face as practitioners. Over the course of five-days you will be taken through the theory and practical case scenarios and live consults, focused and aimed at covering day one competency skills (as outlined by the RCVS). This goes for all aspects of the role, from client engagement and education, to clinical examinations, surgical procedures and use of common diagnostic tools.
Alongside the professional development, WVS aims at delivering a cultural and language experience to all attendees, with an additional three-day addition to the trip to visit iconic places and interact with a variety of animals and wildlife. As part of the overall experience we also encourage and support research projects and help students to gain the necessary knowledge that will be tested not only in practice, but also in your final year exams.
Attendees will return with clinical competence and confidence as well as being enriched in their worldwide cultural experience and having created new professional and personal links. Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity!
+ Return flights+ Spending money+ Tourist visa+ Vaccinations
+ Return Flights+ Spending Money+ Tourist Visa + vaccinations
+ Return flights+ Spending money+ Tourist Visa + Vaccinations
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Outline of course:
Sunday 13th October - Fly to Dar es Salaam
Monday 14th October - travel to location, and start of course
Monday 14th- Friday 19th October - Equine skills and competency course
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October - Explore the local area and culture and visit to National park to experience the wildlife
Monday 22nd October - Travel to Dar es Salaam; local snorkelling experience
Tuesday 23rd October - Fly home
Students will be provided with shared accommodation (2 people per room) and 3 meals provided during their stay. Please note that the type and availability of food is limited to local cuisine and although vegetarian options are available, they are likely restricted to food such as beans, tomato relish, spinach and eggs. There are very limited vegan food options available. The availability of hot water may also be restricted. Snacks are readily available to purchase in the local shops and participants are encouraged to bring their own if required. Bottled water will be provided.
Open to fourth and final year veterinary students, and newly-qualified vet students.
You will be required to arrange a tourist visa and travel insurance that covers you for veterinary work. However, this is included in WVS membership. To become a member and take advantage of this offer, click here
Accommodation & Airport Transfers
Flights, Meals, Travel Insurance, Vaccinations
Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in e.g (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top please contact the office or visit our online shop.
The project may be extremely short on certain supplies and would likely be very grateful for donations. Please get in touch with us to find out if there is anything in particular that would be helpful to bring with you. If you have any spare room in your bag on the outbound flight, it would be highly appreciated if you are able to bring some spare supplies to use during your trip. This is at your discretion and entirely optional.
It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work. We recommend Go Walkabout who offer tailor made travel insurance policies for WVS volunteers. Please note that fully paid members of WVS also receive a 10% discount on Go Walkabout policies.
This information should be used as a guide only. For up to date information on immunisations please consult your doctor. You will need to allow plenty of time before travelling for your immunisations to be effective. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. As you will be working with animals the Rabies and Tetanus vaccines are essential. We have provided links below to websites with useful information on immunisations and travel advice which we highly recommend that you visit.
UK passport holders are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for further details: www.fco.gov.uk. All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.