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Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife


The LCTW Wildlife Hospital gives final year or recently graduated vet or vet nurse students the unique opportunity to volunteer on the front lines at our centre with recently rescued victims of the illegal wildlife trade! Our Vet and Vet Nurse programme allows volunteers to assist our Vet Team with caring for residents in our joint Wildlife Sanctuary and the national Lao Zoo. This hands-on experience is an exciting opportunity to be trained and gain international career experience in wildlife medicine.

Students in their final year will be 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 veterinary 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; assisting our resident veterinarian with any emergency cases and surgeries.

We believe that interning with us gives students and graduates alike a huge variety of valuable skills and experiences in wildlife medicine. The diversity of wildlife and taxa housed at Lao Zoo, mostly consisting of native South East Asian species and partly comprised of wildlife from other continents, provides a very engaging caseload for any students or graduates interested in the wildlife veterinary field. We are currently the largest rescue centre in Laos to accept all taxa. 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 see and experience many unique veterinary cases. The volunteers will 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.

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About Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife


Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife, Ban Keun, Thoulakhom District, Vientiane Province Vientiane, LA

Mission Statement

To assist the Lao government in combatting the illegal wildlife trade. We rescue, rehabilitate and release as much wildlife as possible, as well as being involved in worldwide conservation projects. We will continue to provide education to the people of Laos to encourage them to want to conserve their natural biodiversity.


The original project here was established as a rescue centre and an animal welfare project at the Lao Zoo in 2015. Due to the success, interest and need for this project, the LCTW was born as a registered non-profit foundation in Laos in 2018. We now strive forward and have become the only Laos registered foundation for not only wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release, but now also conservation and education.

We work with the Lao authorities and individuals who need our help, to rescue, rehabilitate and release as much wildlife as possible, most coming from the illegal wildlife trade. Those that are sadly unsuited for release will be cared for in our Wildlife Sanctuary with a combination of a high standard of animal welfare, the best formulated diets in South-east Asia and access to full time veterinary care from our on site Vet team. Also integrated into our Wildlife Sanctuary are residents of the Lao Zoo which we have been working with since 2015 to increase the animal welfare standards and provide 24/7 medical care.

We have many volunteer programmes that assist us in our important conservation work such as our Husbandry and Enrichment Programme, Vet and Vet Nurse Programme, and Animal-based Studies Programme. Come get your hands dirty with us!

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Laos Conservation Trust for WildlifeBan Keun, Thoulakhom District, Vientiane Province 01000Laos



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We have a minimum stay of 1 week, and no maximum
  • We can only accept final year or graduated veterinary students into our programme.

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