The Veterinary volunteer programme is located on the picture perfect, beach-laden islands of Koh Lanta, off the Andaman coast in south Thailand. A laid-back traveller’s haven, thousands of tourists flock here each winter to enjoy the endless golden beaches, the vibrant blend of various Thai cultures, crystal clear waters and much more. As in many parts of Thailand and in tourist areas particularly, an over-population of cats and dogs is a major problem.
The organisation you will be working with was set up with the aim to control the cat and dog population in a humane way through an extensive sterilisation programme. A big part of this programme revolves around local education and outreach, as many local methods of controlling the animal population are incredibly painful and cruel, including poisoning, drowning or knifing.
Since its inception in 2005, the organisation and the work they carry out has had a tremendous effect on the animal population of both Koh Lanta and outlying islands, with over 8,000 sterilisations carried out. As awareness continues to grow, more and more animal owners turn to the clinic to help treat their pets or bring in injured animals from around the island.
Apart from running a success sterilisation clinic, the organisation also organises mobile spay & neutering clinics and programmes on Lanta and nearby islands, run awareness classes in local schools and organise various activities to raise money to ensure the continued operation of all programmes.
If you are a qualified veterinarian or vet nurse, your help will be invaluable to help treat and rehabilitate the many animals in constant care at the centre!