Join The WVS Thailand team working on the paradise island of Koh Yao Yai near Phuket
This is the perfect opportunity to combine a holiday in one of the most charming resorts in Thailand, with a volunteer project to help the cats of this beautiful island archipelago.
Over recent years, the cat population on this island has grown to gigantic proportions and it is the aim of the WVS team to help reduce the population by humane animal birth control procedure, along with treating the cats for other ailments such as mange and parasites.
You will fly to Phuket where you will be met by a member of our veterinary team and will be taken to the island via a short boat trip. This is one of the most beautiful stunning locations in Thailand, with its azure sea and vibrant green landscapes, you will immediately feel at home with the friendly WVS team.
We require vets and vet nurses to help run this short but busy clinic which is run in conjunction with local charities.
Accommodation, transfers and food are included in the cost of this trip and you will get to meet our dedicated team of Thai vets and vet nurses.
Vets will be required to perform spay and neuter procedures (unassisted) and must have a minimum requirement of 5 years post qualification in general practise.
Accommodation is basic but clean and food will be homemade and after a hard day’s work why not take a plunge into the refreshing Andaman Sea.
Once you have completed your volunteering with WVS, why not take advantage of the marvellous resorts on this enchanting island before returning home.
Future dates for Cat Island projects for 2017
- 22th Feb to 27th Feb - Island - Koh Yao Noi CLINIC FULL
- 19th April to 24th April - Island - Koh Yao Yai CLINIC FULL
- 11th October to 16th October - Island Koh Yao Noi VET Required
Your itinerary will be proved upon arrival on the Cat Island
Accommodation is guest house style and you will be accompanied by our Thai veterinary team all meals and transfers from Phuket are included in the costs
Vets with 5 years post graduation experience in general practice
Non vets need no formal training as this will be given by our staff in Thailand
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 on arrival at Phuket . 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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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: