Sterilisation and Treatment Campaign - Malawi 2020

Description

Blantyre SPCA is a non-profit organisation that offers veterinary services to the city of Blantyre and rural communities in the district, that rescues and rehomes dogs and cats and offers free vaccinations, sterilisation and other treatments to stray animals or those from low-income households. Some of their other activities include working with police to fight against illegal animal vending, animal welfare lobbying and education of the general public about animal care.

WVS are looking to recruit a vet team of 4 vets and 2 nurses to join our team in Malawi for the month of May. 2 week placements available if you are unable to volunteer for the whole month.

Over the 5 weekends in May the WVS/Mission Rabies team will work together vaccinating and running a synergistic mass sterilisation and treatment campaign, setting up field clinics in primary school classrooms in over 10 different school locations.

At the clinic we are sterilising a lot of dogs but we also treat other injuries. The clinic at the BSPCA Blantyre is well equipped with digital X-ray, ultrasound, microscopes and other equipment in order to provide necessary treatment and surgeries needed that could not be performed in the field. A lot of dogs suffer from severe open wounds, broken legs, tumours and TVTs. Outreach facilities are very basic without electricity or running water as common locations for clinics include classrooms.

Your work will be very rewarding and you can make a real difference as most of the dogs you see would otherwise never see a vet in their lifetime!

Duration

2 week minimum but availability for the whole month

Availability

Spaces available

Cost

£175 per week Project Costs / Accommodation

  • + Flights from UK to Blantyre (£700 approx)
  • + Travel Insurance & vaccinations if required
  • + Tourist Visa

Duration

2 week minimum but availability for the whole month

Availability

Spaces available

Cost

£175 per week Project Costs / Accommodation

  • + Flights from UK to Blantyre (£700 approx)
  • + Travel Insurance & vaccinations if required
  • + Tourist Visa

Country

Malawi

Animals

cat
dog

Dates

Start date
End date
01/05/2020
01/06/2020

Any questions?

+44 1725 557225

Volunteers to arrive by 30th April at the latest, ready to start work bright and early on the 1st May.

The campaign will run 7 days a week rotating with everyone having 2 days off per week (this will be during the week).

Accommodation is provided at the volunteer apartments within the grounds of the BSPCA. This consists of 2 self-catering apartments and can cater for up to 10 volunteers. Both apartments have ensuite twin bedrooms and there is also a kitchen with an oven, washing machine and tumble dryer. Please make sure you keep the apartment tidy. No smoking within the apartment.

Evening meals can be purchased locally as there is a good selection of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. There are also a variety of shops available where you can purchase items to cook your own meals.

Volunteer veterinarians should have a minimum of 5 years post qualification experience with strong surgical skills and vet nurses are required to have a minimum of 3 years' experience.

You should also be confident in handling emergency surgical situations given the field conditions that you will be working in.

Included as standard

Accommodation

Pick-ups and transfers

UK office support

Lunch on work days

Not included as standard

Flights

Visas

Travel Insurance

Vaccinations

Meals

What to pack

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.

  • Practical / comfortable clothes to work in (eg. scrubs)
  • Wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions & over-the-counter medication (eg. Imodium, Paracetemol etc)

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.

Travel Insurance

It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work. Within our Annual Membership fee of £40 we include travel insurance for volunteers on any WVS or Mission Rabies trips within the 12 month period. This can be set up easily online if you click on the Individual Membership: https://wvs.org.uk/donate

Health & Vaccinations

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.

Visas

​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.