Volunteer to Help Teach on our Working Equine Course in India


Help the WVS India team at the International Training Centre to train international vet students and new graduates in working equine health and welfare. Available all year round.

This volunteer position will be helping the ITC staff run our new working equine health and welfare training courses for Indian and international vet students and new graduates.

Volunteers will be helping the ITC staff run training courses and outreach clinics which teach participants about the importance of horse and donkey welfare and treating the issues and injuries that affect working equines.

WVS India team has conducted regular street clinics for working equines, especially donkeys, in Southern India and the results of this work clearly shows what a significant improvement the clinics have done for the life of the working donkeys.

The course is a great opportunity for those wishing to gain more confidence in treating working equines as well as for those who plan to work in other animal health, welfare & development programs in developing countries in the future.

The country this project is based in is listed as a high risk of Zika virus on the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website. Please follow the advice on their website when considering participating in this project.




Spaces available


£50 (WVS Admin Fee)
+ Flights




Spaces available


£50 (WVS Admin Fee)






Dates available throughout the year.

Any questions?

+44 1725 557225


Arrive in the WVS ITC in Ooty


Welcome and introduction including a health and safety briefing at the WVS ITC

Lecture: Working equine welfare


Field practical: Tetanus and deworming street clinic, treatments as needed

Lecture: Equine emergencies (rescue situations, colic, wounds)

Lecture: Gastro-intestinal parasites in horses


Lecture: Lameness diagnostics, local anesthetic blocks

Field practical: Lameness testing, local blocks

Community session to meet with horse owners for discussion about welfare, rest / water and first aid


Lecture: Field anesthesia, castration technique

Field practical: Castration if available / other treatments


Lecture/demo: Teeth and hooves

Field practical: Rasping and farriering

Transport to the IPAN animal refuge at the Hill View Farm


Rescued donkey/horse deworming/tetanus vaccination/ teeth/hooves

Grooming and handling of rescued ponies/horses

Dinner by the fireplace outside, informal talks about working equine welfare in India

Alternative activities: village rabies vaccination drive / disabled children riding/animal therapy, any farm animal emergencies in the village


Swim and lunch at Jungle hut

Taxi to Bangalore airport


Fly home

The participants will be accommodated either in the dormitories of the WVS ITC or alternatively in a separate ITC house that is within walking distance from the WVS ITC. Food will be provided either at the WVS ITC or in Ooty town during the field practicals and community sessions. During the weekend at the Hill View Farm, participants will stay in two simple guestrooms that each accommodate 4. Food will be provided at the farm or in a local restaurant. Jungle Inn is a popular resort in the next village and will provide a relaxing last morning by the pool and with good buffet lunch before participants leave to the airport.

Included as standard

Accommodation & Airport Transfers

Not included as standard

Flights, Meals, Travel Insurance, Vaccinations

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. 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.

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.


​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.