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Veterinarian Volunteer Assistant

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Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary runs a volunteer veterinarian program that seeks to provide assistance to our resident veterinarian and care staff while providing on-site practical training and real-life experience for the volunteer. The vet volunteer will assist the veterinarian in her daily activities but will also work together with the care staff to improve the husbandry for the resident chimpanzees. The amount of clinical work varies depending on the weeks/seasons, but it may not represent more than 20% of the vet volunteer work. Although the vet volunteer will be involved in most medical procedures, he must be ready to work in all aspects of the chimpanzee sanctuary. The volunteer will work closely with the resident volunteer, six days per week.

Reporting to: Resident Veterinarian
Length of Contract: 3 months


- Assist the veterinarian in preparing and administrating medicine

- Assist in clinical procedures

- Perform fecal examinations and other laboratory work

- Assist in post-mortem examinations

- Prepare relevant training sessions for the staff

- Behavioral observations of chimpanzees

- Prepare environmental enrichment

- Record keeping

- Assess and sort medicine stock

- Transfer medical data into computer

- Assist with administrative work

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary tries to reduce the contact between staff and animals to a minimum, therefore the volunteer veterinarian will not be allowed to have direct contact with the chimpanzees at any time except during medical procedures or medicine administration.

Qualifications and Competencies:

- Veterinary degree; Medical degrees will also be considered.

- Good communication skills

- Fluency in English required

- Clinical experience and experience working with wild animals is desired

- Ability to live in a remote area with basic amenities

- Ability to engage positive professional relationships with both national and international staff

- Experience in Africa is a plus


- Basic accommodation onsite

- One local meal per day (rice with sauce)

All expenses (e.g. return airfares, food, living expenses, medical expenses, insurance, etc) must be covered by the volunteer.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in the field of conservation medicine whilst gaining invaluable practical experience working with endangered West African Chimpanzees. If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please send your CV, cover letter and 2 professional references to:

Sophie Moittie - Resident Veterinarian at vet@tacugama.sl


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