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Phnom Penh Clinic & Community Outreach

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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.  Spay/Neuter surgeries and 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: $1200 USD

    Additional weeks: $300 USD/week

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Every Saturday
  • Departure Time
    Small Animal
  • Return Time
    Animal Lovers | Pre-Vet Students | Vet Students | Vet Techs & Nurses | Vets
  • Dress Code
    Training 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.
  • Included
    Airport Transfers
    Laundry Facilities
    On-Site Support
    Pre-Departure Support
  • Not Included
    Free-time Activities
    Travel Insurance
    Visa Fees (if applicable)
8am-9am: Feeding, Medicating shelter/clinic animals
9am-12pm: Health Checks/Treatments
12-2pm: Lunch
2-5pm: Health Checks/Treatments
5-6pm: Feeding, Medicating shelter/clinic animals
8-9am: Feeding, Medicating shelter/clinic animals 9am-1pm: Spay/Neuter surgeries (5-7 animals) 1-3pm: Lunch 3-5pm: Health Check-ups/Treatments, Record Keeping, Next-Day preparation
5-6pm: Feeding, Medicating shelter/clinic animals
Free time!
Activities may vary based on the needs of the community, including spay drives, emergency calls, and Khmer holidays.

Tour Location

Included accommodations are at a home-stay with a local family within a 5 minute walk to the center with a private bedroom and bath.  Kitchen and common areas are shared. There is an option to upgrade to an Airbnb/hotel for an additional $15 USD / night with a 15-20 minutes tuktuk-ride to the center. 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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Animal/Vet Activities:

We strive to provide best practice Shelter Medicine standards as outlined in the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. We are excited to offer practical High Quality, High Volume Spay/Neuter training to students of all levels. Pre-vet and less experienced veterinary students commonly support our vet team by preparing animals for surgery, observing procedures and providing care during recovery. More experienced veterinary students will join the veterinarians during spay/neuter and - at the veterinarian's discretion - may perform partial or full surgeries under close supervision of a well-trained veterinarian. Our veterinary team consists of well-trained Cambodian veterinarians and assistants, supervised by a German MSc Shelter Medicine expert and supported by a British veterinarian on a needs basis. 
Animal Care Volunteers:
  • Feeding
  • Cleaning
  • Nursing puppies/kittens
  • Providing physical therapy
  • Giving basic medication
  • Clipping nails
  • Socializing
  • General love & cuddles
Vet Interns (Pre-vet students, Vet Students, Vet Techs/Nurses):
  • 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)
Animal welfare is the most important factor to consider when allowing students to perform surgery, therefore, we cannot guarantee surgical experience in any session on any program, because welfare must be assessed in each case. The estimated number of student surgeries per week is based on past volunteer experiences, however, animal welfare conditions, student experience & confidence, weather, national holidays, and other variables may affect the availability of student surgeries.
  • Treat sick & injured animals
  • Spay/neuter operations on street animals (TNR)
  • Mentor volunteers & trainees
All (optional):
  • 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.)
Typical Weekly Experience Hours: 
  • 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
Phnom Penh is full of culture with markets and food stalls alongside western bars and restaurants. The city is centrally located, so volunteers can travel almost anywhere in the country on their days off, including Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat (a temple complex and one of the largest religious monuments in the world) or Sihahouk Vill and Kampot for the beaches.
                         Explore Cambodia - Global Vet Experience        

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