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Save The Dogs - Senior Vet Position (Salary Included)

Save the Dogs is an animal welfare organisation based in Romania which comprises of two animal shelters located in the Constanta region. The organisation was founded in 2002 with the aim to promote a culture in Romania where people recognise the importance of animal welfare in their communities and where the inhumane killing of stray dogs stops.

We provide free sterilisation and registration services for dogs at our shelter and through our mobile clinic. Dogs housed at the shelters are treated as necessary and rehomed through our adoption services, both within and outside the country.

We also work with local primary schools on an education programme to raise awareness on responsible dog ownership and dog bite prevention.

Our efforts on the implementation of humane and sustainable dog population management efforts in Romania are supported by several international organisations or more information on what we do please visit

Your role will be to manage the daily running and coordination of the clinic which will include:

  • The sterilisation, registration and identification of owned dogs, which are carried out in collaboration with the local municipality. A good relationship with the municipality is essential for the sustainability of the project.
  • Provide assistance in the implementation of holistic and humane dog and cat population management in the region.
  • To follow and implement established high animal welfare and clinical standards in the shelter and managing local staff in maintaining these standards throughout.
  • The smooth running of the international adoption program of dogs and cats from the shelter, maintaining high clinical standards and thorough health checks throughout.
  • Out of hours duties as required


Must be a qualified veterinarian with the degree obtained after 1980

  • Minimum 10 yrs practical experience
  • Must be an EU (including Switzerland) or SEE resident
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must be passionate about animal welfare and show full commitment to individual and shelter animal welfare
  • Previous experience in shelter medicine and/or animal welfare work
  • Medical and surgical experience and proficiency , especially in neutering procedures
  • Be open minded, flexible, able to adapt to new and challenging working environments and able to work in a team
  • Management and leadership skills
  • Good interpersonal, organisational, and communication skills
  • Ability to take own initiative
  • Experience working in a developing country desired but not essential.

Start date October 2017. Accommodation will be provided.









  • Location
  • Requirements
  • Notes
Country Romania






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. Our trips usually include a small admin fee which helps cover: 

  • Pick-ups and transfers
  • UK office support
  • 24/7 emergency support on the ground through Red24
  • 10% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
  • 10% discount on travel insurance from Go Walkabout
Country Romania

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+44 (0)1725 557225

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