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Paid Vet Vacancy - Cape Town S.Africa

The starting date is negotiable, but the sooner the better.

Remuneration is commensurate with experience, but the offer is up £3000 p/m. Benefits may include return airfare, ongoing scheduled training with more experienced doctors and accommodation and private vehicle to help you settle in.

For more information please contact the Director, Ms Tamsin Nel on 0027 84 778 1215 or to apply for this exceptional opportunity please email a covering letter and up to date copy of your CV to Tamsin at: [email protected]

Mass Spay and Neuter Programme

Over a ten-year period, we have yielded excellent results with this free programme, transforming the health and welfare status for most of the cats and dogs in the area. Our focus is to maintain this transformation while continuing to develop cooperative and compassionate relationships with the Khayelitsha community.

Routine & Emergency Care

The facilities include a clinic and hospital with theatre, digital radiography and ultrasound. Most residents do not have access to private transport and either walk to our clinic or access treatment and emergency medical intervention via our animal ambulance.

Additionally, the organisation has an on-going kennel build and distribution programme and; whenever necessary and possible, they rehome surrendered or rescued cats and dogs.

Work visas for UK or Australian registered Veterinary Surgeons are obtainable because the qualification is listed as a critical skills shortage in South Africa.  Unfortunately qualifications from other countries will not be accepted as not accredited in South Africa



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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
Country South Africa

Questions? Call us now:

+44 (0)1725 557225