This placement will give you a real insight into sanctuary-based vet work. The specific tasks will vary according to the types of animals we are caring for at any particular time, but you can expect to get involved in a mix of clinical work and wider welfare activities, including enrichment, integrations, observations and animal husbandry.


2-12 weeks


Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Kuti Wildlife Reserve


Most suited to vet students. Please submit any course requirements with your application so we can plan your placement appropriately. Qualified vets and vet nurses are also welcome.


This programme is ideal for those looking to gain broad, real-world experience of sanctuary-based vet work that also includes other aspects of animal rehabilitation, as per the responsibilities of the sanctuary volunteer. Clinical work varies but can include diagnostics, lab work and procedures. Externs will also be expected to get stuck into the day-to-day care of our animal residents. For those people interested in research, you may also be able to also support our Clinical Projects in One Health programme. Please note, participation in the ‘One Health’ programme is dependent on time of year and availability of places.

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Vet externship£1,370£1,775£2,235£2,575£2,885£3,180£3,450£3,705£3,930£4,150£4,350

Dorm style accommodation (chalet upgrade at the centre costs: £12-£20 per person per night) and vegetarian meals (except Sundays at the centre) as well as unlimited water, tea and coffee are all included in this price. As are airport transfers from Lilongwe provided your arrival is on a Tuesday. All work-related transport, an orientation on the charity and our sanctuary and a supply tour of Lilongwe, as well as a local sim card and T-shirt are also included.

All other expenses will be your responsibility. This includes: flights, visas, vaccinations, a TB scan, and any excursions, souvenirs, nights outs, snacks and other personal expenses you might have.

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