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Full time Vet nurse employment in Maun Botswana

MAWS is an animal charity based in Maun in Botswana. Possibly one of the most beautiful areas in the world – it is based at the bottom of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife on your doorstep, amazing sunsets and a laid back lifestyle!
The charity has been run on a purely voluntary basis for many years and has successfully spayed and neutered over 19,000 cats and dogs since 1998, and vaccinated against Rabies, Parvovirus and Distemper. This has made a significant difference to over 20,000 animals. We practice the CNVR policy (capture, neuter, vaccinate, return) in the communities surrounding the town and in outlying villages where we do outreach clinics.
We have grown considerably over the years and now have a shelter too. We need someone to be around every day to manage the clinic, the medications for the patients, be the continuity for the volunteer vets, oversee administrative duties such as ordering clinic supplies and dealing with the public who bring in animals daily with various ailments.
MAWS is looking for a dedicated, lively, flexible, pragmatic veterinary nurse with at least two years experience. You must have good clinical competence, bags of common sense and most definitely be a people person.
Accommodation, food and the use of a small vehicle will be provided. We can afford a small salary of BWP5000.00 per month on top of this (about $500 or 400 GB Pounds). As soon as we can secure regular funding it will be reviewed and increased.
We would prefer someone to commit to at least two years for continuity as permits take a bit of effort to obtain, however we are happy to treat each application on a case by case basis.
Please contact Penelope Widmer (Chairman) for further information and the job specification.
Penelope.widmer@gmail.comor penelope@info.bwor at
Also, please visit MAWS Facebook page and web site.

  • Notes

Important Notes

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: 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

By volunteering with WVS you are making a huge difference to the lives of animals and communities around the world. You will also receive the following benefits:

  • Full logistics support from our UK office
  • 24/7 emergency support in partnership with Red24
  • 10% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
  • 10% discount on travel insurance from Go Walkabout

Questions? Call us now:

+44 (0)1725 557225