We believe that interning with us would give students and graduates a huge variety of valuable skills and experiences in wildlife medicine. The diversity of wildlife and taxa housed at Lao Zoo provides a very engaging caseload. The variety of situations, whether it is treating an outpatient in our sanctuary or a critical confiscated inpatient from the illegal wildlife trade, ensures volunteers here will see and experience many unique veterinary cases. Our volunteers have to test all aspects of their knowledge here as there isn’t always access to the latest veterinary tools and diagnostics, and extrapolate their basic veterinary knowledge and skills to a large range of species.
Students in their final year or already graduated are able to complete their practical placement requirements with references from our staff. At our centre, volunteers have the opportunity to be trained in proper wildlife husbandry and care, as well as assist our resident veterinarian on a case-by-case basis. Daily duties of our vet volunteers include: caring for animals in quarantine and hospital areas; shadowing our veterinarian on a daily basis; performing daily health check rounds of over 500 animals; providing treatment to any current inpatients and outpatients; and assisting our resident veterinarian with any emergency cases and surgeries.
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