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Vet Needed - Animal Rescue Sterilisation and Treatment Clinic - Tanzania Jan 2019

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Mbwa Wa Africa (dogs of Africa) Animal Rescue is a non-profit organisation that rescues and rehomes dogs and cats and offers vaccinations and sterilisation to stray animals or those from low-income households which WVS have supported and formed a partnership with for the past 4 years. Since then the working relationship has blossomed and we are proud to be able to support this charity on another campaign in January 2019.

We are looking for a small team of experienced nurses to support the vet team on this 2 week sterilisation/treatment project working in synergy with our sister charity Mission Rabies who will also be conducting a vaccinate drive during this period.  

While the main current activity of Mbwa Wa is the rescue and re-homing of stray or neglected animals and animal welfare education (they run a full term animal welfare curriculum in primary schools) and regular vaccination campaigns are conducted.

Volunteering with Mbwa Wa is not only rewarding from a veterinary perspective but you can see first-hand the results of the spay and neuter campaign with local families showing their appreciation of your work. 

The country this project is based in is listed as a high risk of Zika virus on the Centre for Disease Control (CDC)  website. Please follow the advice on their website when considering participating in this project.

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Volunteers will be working at the Mbwa Wa Africa field clinics in rural areas. Volunteers should therefore be prepared to work in basic facilities and be adaptable to the equipment / facilities available. Common locations for clinics include classrooms without electricity or running water and tented clinics out in the field.

You will be assisting our vet team carrying out spay / neuter surgeries on mainly dogs and a few cats using injectable anaesthesia. With an average of each vet performing 10-15 surgeries a day.

For the local community there is no other affordable veterinary help in this area so you should also expect to carry out other veterinary treatments and surgery as required; eye treatments, amputations, anti parasite control, vaccinations are examples of some of the cases you may be asked to help with. In addition to this you may also be required to treat animals cared for at the shelter.

Expected working hours will vary but will generally be from 8am – 5 pm with some time off to relax in the evenings.

2 days off - 17th & 18th January where excursions can be arranged on arrival in-country.

Volunteers are asked to commit to the full volunteering period of 2 weeks.

For more of an insight into what is involved you can also read past blog entries written by our vet Andy on the project via our website:

Tanzania is a well know tourist location, with some of the most famous National Parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater close by to Arusha.

Mbwa Wa Africa has made a special agreement with local Safari Companies and volunteers can go at their own cost on safari or day trips. Various options are available, some of them need to be booked in advance, please let us know early enough if you would like to see part of our beautiful country.


Accommodation will be arranged at Ndoro Lodge which will include full board. (vegetarian based)

Country Tanzania, United Rep of

Mbwa Wa Africa is located at the border of Arusha National Park with stunning views of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, the closest bigger settlement is Usa River, about 25km east of Arusha.

Tanzania lies just South of the equator so there is little seasonal variation in temperature, but it is slightly cooler in June/ July and warmer in January/ February. There is much more variation between the coastal and low lying regions and the high plains and mountain regions. The north lies at an altitude of 1,500 to 2,1000meters (5,000 to 7,000 feet) and have a pleasant climate with warm days and cooler evenings year round.


For nurses a minimum of 3 years post graduation experience is required.

Please speak to your local GP regarding vaccination requirements.  We require you to have up to date, Tetanus, Rabies and you will require Anti Malarial Medication too plus any other in country vaccinations your GP recommends.



Important Notes


  • Transfers

Not Included

  • Return Flights
  • Accommodation/Meals Visas
  • Work Permit

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
  • Vet
  • Vet Nurse
  • Other
Details 14 days minimum
No spaces available
Cost Return UK flights approx £400
+ $50 Visa fee & $200 Volunteer Permit (TBC) + £450 Includes accommodation & full board for 2 weeks + £50 Admin Fee
5 years post graduation experience
Details 2 weeks
No spaces available
Cost Return UK flights approx £400
+ $50 Visa fee & $200 Volunteer Permit (TBC) + £450 includes accommodation & full board for 2 weeks + £50 Admin Fee
3 years experience
Details 2 weeks
No spaces available
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If you have questions about this or any of our trips, please contact us on

+44 (0)1725 557225

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