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ORGANIZATION: Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife

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The LCTW Wildlife Hospital gives final year veterinary students, veterinarians, and veterinary nurse/technicians the unique opportunity to volunteer on the front lines at our center with recently rescued victims of the illegal wildlife trade! Our Veterinary Volunteer program allows volunteers to assist our Veterinary Team with caring for residents. This hands-on experience is an exciting opportunity to be trained and gain international career experience in wildlife medicine.

At our center, volunteers have the opportunity to be trained in proper wildlife husbandry and care, as well as assist our head 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 400 animals; providing treatment to any current inpatients and outpatients; assisting our head 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. In some cases, students in their final year will be able to complete their practical placement requirements with references from our staff.

The diversity of wildlife and taxa housed at LCTW, mostly consisting of native Southeast Asian species provides a very engaging caseload for volunteers interested in the wildlife veterinary field. We are currently the largest rescue center in Laos and 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

Location:

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

Mission Statement

We are the Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife, a Lao registered nonprofit wildlife center operating in Lao PDR, a key corridor for the illegal wildlife trade in South-east Asia, as a gateway between Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. Our mission is to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade and improve wildlife education and welfare in Laos. We rescue, rehabilitate and release as much wildlife as possible, as well as being involved in worldwide conservation projects. We are a multi-species rescue, conservation and education nonprofit; incredibly uniquely placed to address the crisis driving the rapid decline of many endangered species. We offer a 24/7 national wildlife rescue hotline and carry out rehabilitation work and advocacy efforts. With around 60 Lao staff, we are proud to be based in this beautiful and unique country.

Description

Established in 1994 by a Lao-Thai family, the Lao Zoo was a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. The zoo aimed to give people the opportunity to see and learn about Laos’ most striking species, whilst promoting their conservation and continued survival in the wild.

In 2012, the owners of the zoo started a major project to improve the existing facilities and grow the site into the country’s first ever multi-species wildlife conservation center, a shining beacon against the illegal wildlife trade in Laos. Following a period of collaboration with southeast Asian wildlife NGOs, the Lao Conservation Trust was formed, and registered as a non-profit organization in Laos.

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 unsuited for release are cared for in our Wildlife Sanctuary with full time veterinary care and dedicated local keepers.

Volunteers are critical toward achieving our mission and goals at LCTW. We have volunteer programs that assist us in our important conservation work such as our Husbandry and Enrichment Program and the Veterinary Program. Come get your hands dirty with us!

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Environment
Health & Medicine
Animals, Environment, Health & Medicine

WHEN

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WHERE

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

(18.36344,102.578)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We have a minimum stay of 1 week, and no maximum. Stays begin and end on Sundays.
  • Veterinary volunteers must be at least one of the following: veterinarian, veterinary nurse/technician, veterinary student in university. Additionally, full vaccination against COVID-19, rabies, tetanus, hepatitis A and B is required.

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