Save the Dogs is an animal welfare organisation based in Romania which comprises of three 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 shelters 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.
We are looking to recruit an experienced, welfare focused veterinary surgeon for an initial 6-12 month contract to manage our clinic and shelter in Cernavodǎ.
Purpose of the Role
The successful applicant should be able and willing to commit to a contract of at least 6 months but a longer period is highly desirable.
Your role will be to take over the management of the clinic and shelter and to implement animal welfare focused protocols. You will also be part of community outreach projects educating adults and children on dog behaviour, basic healthcare, dog bite prevention etc.
You will have a key role in assisting in the running of sterilisation, and identification and registration efforts, which are carried out in collaboration with the local municipality. A good relationship with the municipality is essential for sustainability of the project.
For more information on what we do please visit http://www.savethedogs.eu/
Duties and Responsibilities
- Ensure high animal welfare standards are implemented throughout the shelter (e.g. neutering, treatment, catching protocols)
- Provide assistance in the implementation of holistic and humane dog population management in the region
- Management of shelter staff
- Supporting and training local veterinarians
- Day-to-day running of the shelter including treatment of animals, routine surgery, etc.
- Out of hours duties as required
Knowledge, Skills and Essential Experience Required:
- Must be a qualified veterinarian with the degree obtained after 1980
- Must be RCVS registered
- Must be a EU (including Switzerland) or SEE resident
- Passionate about animal welfare
- Experience in shelter medicine
- Management and leadership skills
- Medical and surgical proficiency – especially in neutering procedures
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Be flexible and able to adapt to new and challenging working environments and situations
- Fluent in English
- Good interpersonal, organisational, and communicational skills
- Ability to take own initiative
- Experience working in a developing country
- Experience operating within a charity
- Romanian language
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
- Bug spray
- Ear plugs and eye mask
- 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.
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.
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.
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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