We are looking for volunteer Vets and Vet Nurses to lend a helping hand at the charity animal shelter on the beautiful Island of Grenada in the West Indies! Volunteers will be required to assist in general health checks and surgeries.
The Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) requires qualified veterinarians with a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience to assist at their clinic throughout the year.
Dates are therefore flexible and volunteers are invited to submit their available volunteer dates for consideration. Originally founded in 1936 as the Royal Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Grenada SPCA is one of the oldest societies in the Caribbean.
Based in St George's, the capital and port city of Grenada, the GSPCA is a non-profit, volunteer organization employing a full time veterinarian along with technical staff and admin manager.
Their programs include: low cost and free spay/neuter clinics vaccination clinics, volunteer vet scheme and community outreach programs for unwanted, abused, neglected or stray animals.
Their hospital offers: low cost spays and neuters, vaccinations, de-worming along with general care in a low cost clinic.
Working hours will be approximately 8.30am – 4.00pm Mon – Fri, with every other Wed off.
The days at the GSPCA are varied and no one day is the same so a formal itinerary is not available but you may be asked to spay and neuter cats and dogs and also help with other treatments such as broken bones or animals that have been involved in RTA's and more mundane day to day jobs such as vaccinations. The hospital facilities include a waiting room, treatment rooms, office, surgery and kennels to hold approximately 10 to 12 dogs and cats.
You will have time to visit the stunning beaches of this wonderful island and a trip to the nutmeg factory or a rum distillary are highly recommended.
The team at the GSPCA are commited to animal welfare and are dedicated to their work on the island.
Volunteers will stay in accommodation provided for by the GSPCA at their premises – a shared apartment attached to the hospital. Bedding is provided. Food is not provided, but facilities are available for volunteers to cook for themselves. The GSPCA is within walking distance of a supermarket and restaurants or volunteers can take a bus ride to the island shopping area which costs $2.50EC
Volunteers are asked to cover their own flight costs - a return flight to Grenada, Point Salines International Airport (the new airport name is Maurice Bishop International Airport), from London is expected to cost around £750 depending on the time of year as Grenada is a popular tourist destination. A member of GSPCA will meet you at the airport and take you to the accommodation provided.
Volunteers are responsible for their own transport to and from the airport in their own country of residence.
The Island of Grenada is one of the greenest and lushest of the west Indies and on your day off we recomend a trip to the concord falls and for those who like rum a visit to rum factory is strongly recommended.
Born from the seafloor in a sequence of violent volcanic eruptions, Grenada is a tropical, three-island state, 90 miles (145km) north of Venezuela. With a population of about 100,000, and a size of just 21 miles long and 12 miles wide Grenada has a great deal to offer its visitors including hiking, exploring, sailing, diving and much more. The capital city, St Georges has one of the most picturesque waterfronts in all of the Caribbean. The island is dotted with nature reserves, national parks, forests and numerous waterfalls which are perfect for hiking around and exploring.
The average temperatures range from 24C/ 75F to 30C/ 87F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. The driest season is between January and May.
Electrical current is 230 volts, 50 Hz. British three-prong plugs are used. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar, linked to the US Dollar, is the local currency. ATM machines are available at most banks and major credit cards are accepted at shops.
The main activities volunteers can expect to get involved with during the project include: - spay/neuter surgeries - general health checks on the dogs & cats brought to the hospital (worming, vaccinations, parasite treatments etc) The hospital facilities include a waiting room, treatment rooms, office, surgery and kennels to hold approximately 10 to 12 dogs and cats.
We require at least two years experiences for both vets and vet nurses.
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.
- Swim/beach wear
- Walking shoes
- Loose fitting, cotton clothing, shorts, trousers & long sleeve top for nights
- Light weight rain coat
- Insect repellent & anti-histamine cream
- Ear plugs and eye mask
- Headlamp or torch
- 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.
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.
Good medical care is available in Grenada but most doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash, regardless of travel health insurance. There is a General Hospital in St George’s.
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.
- www.fco.gov.uk - Website of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for travel advice generally and specifically by Country.
- www.lonelyplanet.com - For help travel advice
- www.nathnac.org - Useful information on immunisations required for travel
- www.mdtravelhealth.com - Helpful travel advice website, updated daily.
British citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Grenada. No visa is required for stays of up to six months for British passport holders.
Please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for further details: www.fco.gov.uk. All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.
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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