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Botswana neutering & outreach project - VETS NEEDED AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) are a small group of compassionate volunteers who came together to help the local animal population in Maun, Botswana.

The main objectives of the society are to promote kindness and prevent cruelty to animals, provide sanctuary for lost or stray animals and develop the welfare of animals in Botswana. They also aim to educate the public in general welfare of animals and run a neutering programme to help reduce the stray population. 

The majority of volunteers work will focus on the sterilisation of dogs and some cats. Volunteers may also be asked to treat other conditions depending on what arises. Dogs will be collected from various areas by MAWS volunteers. No animals are operated on without permission, most are notionally owned but free-roaming. MAWS have built a dedicated operating room and clinic. Outside of Maun, surgery may be carried out in the field under very basic conditions. You will be required to work as aseptically as possible given the conditions which may be challenging. Volunteers may find themselves operating under a baobabtree in real african heat, suffering moscito attacks or rain showers during surgery!

​Volunteers are asked to cover their own flight costs to and from Maun but your accommodation, meals and transfers to/from the airport will be provided. There is also an additional fee of £100 which is for temporary registration with the Botswana Veterinary Authorities to enable you to legally volunteer in Maun (previously this has been provided free to volunteers however the fee has just been applied and unfortunately the charity is unable to cover this cost for its volunteers). The fee is paid directly to MAWS and WVS will assist with the licence application process.

Surgery will be carried out under injectable anaesthesia - usually Domitor, Ketamine, Diazepam, Thiopentine, but may vary depending on what is available. All animals receive antibiotics and pain relief and are treated for internal and external parasites. The majority of dogs are affected by ehrlichia and as a result will bleed more than usual. Many have fly wounds, particularly on the ears, which may be infected. Cases of TVT are also seen, these are treated with Vincristine if possible.

  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Location
  • Requirements
  • Notes

Itinerary

Volunteers will be expected to work hard, days will usually be around 8 hours in length (including breaks) but may be longer / shorter depending on what cases arise. There will be days off, although some of these may be spent travelling, and there will be plenty of opportunities to see the area and enjoy the Okavango Delta. The MAWS team look after their volunteers really well and try to ensure that they have some leisure time. Previous volunteers have described this trip as a "highly recommended, unforgettable experience!"

Accommodation

Accommodation, Food and Transport fee are inclusive of a fee per person night and are outlined as below:

$25 per night for a week (7 nights) or less. 
$20 per night for 2 weeks (14 nights)
$18 per night for 3 weeks (21 nights)
$15 per night for 4 weeks and longer (28 nights plus)

Country Botswana

Requirements

Vets are required to have 2 years post-graduation experience and ideally have volunteered on a similar charity placement before.

Vet nurses are required to have similar experience too.

Important Notes

Included

  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Pick-ups and transfers
  • UK office support
  • 24/7 emergency support on the ground from Red24
  • Discount at Cotswold Outdoors
  • Discount on travel insurance from Go Walkabout

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Maun
  • Botswana Veterinary Authorities registration fee
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations

​Volunteers are asked to cover their own flight costs to and from Maun but your accommodation, meals and transfers to/from the airport will be provided. There is also an additional fee of £100 which is for temporary registration with the Botswana Veterinary Authorities to enable you to legally volunteer in Maun (previously this has been provided free to volunteers however the fee has just been applied and unfortunately the charity is unable to cover this cost for its volunteers). The fee is paid directly to MAWS and WVS will assist with the licence application process.

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.

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.

Trip dates

There are trip dates available throughout the year. Please speak to a member of the team on +44 (0)1725 557225.

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Benefits of volunteering with WVS

WVS is a registered UK charity with a dedicated team to support you before you travel and during your trip. There are many benefits to joining a WVS team and these include:

  • A Trip Pack giving you all the details you need before you travel
  • 24/7 emergency support from the WVS office and Red24
  • 10% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Discounted travel insurance from Go Walkabout
  • And, you will be making a massive difference to animals and local communities
  • Vet
  • Vet Nurse
Details 14 days
Spaces available
Cost £50 (WVS admin fee)
+ Flights + £100 Botswana Veterinary Authorities registration fee + Accommodation
Details 14 days
Spaces available
Cost £50 (WVS admin fee)
+ Flights + £100 Botswana Veterinary Authorities registration fee + Accommodation
Country Botswana
Animals

Questions? Call us now:

+44 (0)1725 557225

Download the Trip Pack for more information.

Supported Charities

MAWS (Maun Animal Welfare Society)

Botswana