Phnom Penh Clinic & Community Outreach
This program aims to create sustainable animal welfare in Cambodia by tackling overpopulation (spays & neuters), teaching local communities and schools about animal welfare (education), and improving the quality of veterinary care (training). The program is operated by a local limited admission, low kill animal welfare organization with the vision that all cats and dogs in Cambodia live in accordance with the five international animal welfare needs: protection from pain, natural behavior, adequate companionship, a healthy diet and suitable environment. In 2022, this program will focus on High Quality, High Volume Spay/Neuter surgeries- training will be tailored to students’ previous experience and current comfort level to optimize learning opportunities and animal safety. Our goal is to create sustainable animal welfare for Cambodian cats and dogs. To achieve our mission, we focus on 4 key pillars:
Humane animal overpopulation control, increased animal health, care & refuge for animals in need
Inspiring human behavior-change & emergency response assistance
Improving the quality of veterinary care
Supporting the implementation of animal welfare legislation
4-week session: $1,200 USD
Additional weeks: $300 USD/week
Departure TimeSmall Animal
Return TimeAnimal Lovers | Pre-Vet Students | Vet Students | Vet Techs & Nurses | Vets
Dress CodeTraining is provided for all activities. The program fee helps to support the non-profit clinic as well as volunteer activities, transportation and accommodation. Limited to 2 volunteers per session.
IncludedAccommodationAirport TransfersLaundry FacilitiesOn-Site SupportPre-Departure SupportWi-fi
Not IncludedFlightsFree-time ActivitiesMealsTravel InsuranceVisa Fees (if applicable)
Volunteers stay in a guesthouse adjacent to the clinic- each bedroom has a double bed and private bathroom. Bedding (pillows, sheets and blankets), A/C, wi-fi, and TV are included. Laundry facilities are available at the rescue center. Food is not included in the program fee but volunteers can opt into a vegetarian/vegan lunch which is delivered to the center Monday to Friday for $30 USD per week. The staff are happy to help you find local groceries & eateries for breakfasts, dinners and weekend meals (the cost of food in this area is roughly $10 USD per day).
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- Nursing puppies/kittens
- Providing physical therapy
- Giving basic medication
- Clipping nails
- General love & cuddles
- Assist vet with daily procedures
- Manage pre & post-op care
- Monitor vitals & anesthesia during surgery
- Perform spay/neuter operations* (vet students only, at the vet’s discretion & under supervision)
- Administer oral/SC/IM/IV medication
- Other jobs at the vet’s discretion (e.g. vaccinations, blood draws, diagnostics)
- Treat sick & injured animals
- Spay/neuter operations on street animals (TNR)
- Mentor volunteers & trainees
- Community Outreach (visit Buddhist temples and other local communities for vaccination days, on-site treatments, and animal welfare education),
- Research projects (congenital abnormalities in Cambodian cats, TVT, FIV, etc.)
- Animal Experience: 30-40
- Vet Experience: 30-40
- Clinical Experience: 20-30
- Surgical Experience: 5-10
Free-Time Activities:Free Time: volunteers have up to 2 days off to explore Phnom Penh. Local activities include:
- Central Market
- Royal Palace
- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
- Silver Pagoda
- Wat Phnom
- Mekong River
- Many local events with live music
Please submit an application for this program below. Our team will contact you with more information within 72 hours- if you don’t hear from us, please check your spam folder!
I wanted to gain some experience working in an NGO with a mission that I am passionate about, and to learn about running an organisation. I have had the opportunity to help out with everything related to fundraising and communications and every day I do something different which keeps things interesting. The team have been incredibly helpful and approachable and I have really loved coming into the office, especially when you can take a break and play with friendly dogs and cute kittens! I definitely feel like I have gained an unforgettable experience and I feel that I am helping to make a difference in the lives of rescued animals.
[This program] has the right idea when it comes to animal welfare – the only thing that will make a difference to the overpopulation problem is consistent neutering schemes based in-country… the founder achieves this seamlessly by building working relationships with the Buddhist pagodas and surrounding local people in order to allow them to understand the benefits of neutering. One of the few NGOs who really understand the situation in Cambodia and are actually making a significant difference!
Being a volunteer… is an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. Every day there is something different and new. One day I might be helping a cat learn to walk again, another might be spent snuggling a litter of kittens. You never know what new or exciting project will arise during your time here. And what’s more, you are able to see the change you’ve made. You can see the difference in the faces of the animals you’ve helped and also the people who know and respect the Mission. I’m so thrilled I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the staff, the animals, and the friendly people of Cambodia.