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Panamá Spay/Neuter Center

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Panamá Spay/Neuter Center


Volunteers help to control the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Panamá by actively participating in an intensive sterilization program and community education.

Some knowledge of Spanish is recommended but is not required as most vets and staff members speak fluent English.


1-week session: $600 USD

Additional weeks: $550 USD/week

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Every Tuesday
  • 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 3 volunteers per session.
  • Included
    Airport Transfers
    Free-time Activities
    Laundry Facilities
    On-Site Support
    Pre-Departure Support
  • Not Included
    Travel Insurance
    Visa Fees (if applicable)
Six Working Days
Working days involve operations at the main clinic and mobile sterilization campaign.
One Off Day
Explore all the beauty that Panama has to offer.

Tour Location

Volunteers stay at the Spay Center in Panama City with 10 live-in rescue animals. There is 1 volunteer bedroom with 3 single sofa beds, 1 bathroom, a kitchen, and a living room. Bedding (pillows, sheets, and blankets), electricity, hot water, A/C, wifi, laundry, and all meals are included.


  • Alyssa W.

    June 12, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    This experience was unlike anything else I’ve ever done. [This] is an organization that is making a very visible difference in their community. All it takes is a short walk down the street to see the number of stray cats and dogs that have been sterilized thanks to this program. Both staff and volunteers come together every day and work very hard. As a foreign volunteer I felt very welcomed into the project and the community. As a veterinary student I was able to help with pre and post-operation procedures, as well as with surgeries as I gained experience. It was amazing to see 100+ animals get sterilized in a normal day. While there are a lot of spay/neuter programs out there, working to this level of efficiency is rare. And despite being a low cost program, the safety and well being of all the animals […] is taken very seriously. Thanks […] for a great 2 weeks!

  • Carla N.

    October 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    [This] is the only non-profit in Panama that helps people with a difficult financial situation and homeless/abandoned animals to avoid over population and suffering by providing spay/neuter and health services at a very low cost which is key to enable people to continue to keep their pets healthy. I’ve been a volunteer[…] for some years and I’ve learned a lot of valuable information to also help and guide others. [This program] is also a key support in my endless work of helping suffering cats by always being available to provide treatment with a great sense of urgency, care and true love for animals. Their drive is to educate people and help animals and their passion inspires and enables me to continue this difficult journey. We need more of this in the world and governments to support this continuous and much needed project.

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Vet/Animal Activities:

Pre-Vets, Vet Students & Vet Techs:
  • Assist the vet
  • Perform pre-op clinical exams
  • Inject antibiotics & pain relief
  • Observe surgery
  • Place ET tubes
  • Place IV catheters
  • Monitor anesthesia
  • Blood sampling
  • Inject sedation
  • Administer medication
  • Calculate drug dosages
  • Setup IV fluids
  • Calculate IV fluid rates
  • Give vaccinations
  • Provide wound care (cleaning, stabilizing, bandaging, etc.)
  • Run basic diagnostic/lab tests (snap tests, blood smears, skin scrapes, etc)
  • Other jobs at the vet’s discretion
Please Note: These are just some of the activities that volunteers have participated in during past programs. Activities are based on the needs and resources of the clinic and will therefore vary day to day. Training is provided as necessary.
Vet students: Spay and neuter surgery may be performed at the vet’s discretion.
Vets: There are currently six vets on staff who perform operations, provide basic treatments and train volunteers. We also welcome temporary vets throughout the year, including new graduates. Training is provided as necessary.
Typical Weekly Experience Hours Include:
  • Animal Experience: 40-60
  • Vet Experience: 50-70
  • Clinical Experience: 40-50
  • Surgical Experience: 20-30
Animal welfare is the most important factor to consider when allowing students to perform surgery. 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.

Free-Time Activities:

Volunteers have one day off per week with optional (free!) activities including:
  • Dinner at Miraflores
  • Panama Canal
  • Walking Tour of Panama Viejo
  • Casco Viejo
  • The Causeway
  • Tour Amador

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!