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


For vet students only. Qualified vets and vet nurses are also welcome. For vet students needing to conduct any clinical research please submit your project requirements for review together with your application form.


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. 

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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

Please note that we will be updating our prices from 1 April 2024.

Price includes: accommodation, vegetarian meals (except Sundays), unlimited water, tea and coffee, airport transfers from Lilongwe (provided your arrival is on a Tuesday), all work-related transport, an induction to our sanctuary and wider work, a tour of Lilongwe city, a local SIM card and T-shirt.

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.