Veterinarian or Veterinary technician Volunteer.

We are looking for an independent and pro-active Veterinarian or Veterinary technician, who is willing to commit to this position for one year. Our ideal candidate is willing and capable to live in a remote area in a tropical climate and is passionate about making a real impact in the field of wildlife health and conservation.

The role
The volunteer will report to SVW’s Animal Manager and will work alongside our veterinarians and keepers, as well as independently. The main aims of the role are: to train our staff in the latest veterinary techniques; to help develop and improve protocols for practise management and bio security; to identify gaps in knowledge and provide solutions to resolve these; to expand our network; to help fundraising efforts; to initiate and collaborate on specific research projects.

What do we offer you?
This position would be ideal for someone who wants to make a difference in front-line conservation and animal welfare in Vietnam, with species such as pangolins, binturong, Owston’s civet and leopard cat. Occasionally work will also involve moon bears, turtles and primates.

Due to the high pressures on wildlife in the country, rescuing and rehabilitating animals is of critical importance and this position offers a unique chance to help us fight the illegal wildlife trade and increase our understanding of some critically endangered species. Basic accommodation in walking distance of our center is provided, as well as a stipend of 6 million Vietnamese Dong per month.

Deadline for application: 20 February 2018

Start date: Earliest start date is April 2018

Duration of volunteer placement: One year.

Location: The majority of time will be spent in Cuc Phuong National Park, with possible short-term projects in Pu Mat National Park.

Nearby our rescue center in Cuc Phuong NP are the Endangered Primate Rescue Center and the Turtle Conservation Center. In the nearby village are some small shops and restaurants as well as a morning market. Hanoi is about 3 hours away by car.

Basic accommodation.
Monthly stipend of 6 million VND/month.
Use of cooking facilities.
Use of washing machine.
Costs of work related travel within Vietnam (excluding flights).

Not included:
Flights to Vietnam, Visa costs (although we will help you apply for a visa), personal expenses, food, personal travel, vaccinations, travel and health insurance.

Hours of work: 8 hours each day and 5 days/week. A large amount of flexibility is required for the role as rescues and release trips might require long hours and working during evenings.

Reporting to: SVW Animal Manager

Working with: Veterinary team, keeper team and Animal Manager

Essential criteria:
-Demonstrable work experience as wildlife veterinarian or veterinary technician
-Fluent in spoken as well as written English
-Sound knowledge of principles and techniques of modern animal management and welfare
-Self-motivating and independent
-Willingness to adapt to working and living in Vietnamese culture
-Ability to lift 50lbs
-Demonstrable experience in capacity building

Desirable criteria:
-Experience in developing and following protocols
-Familiar with working in a tropical climate
-Experience in designing and conducting research projects
-Willingness to learn basic Vietnamese
-Good sense of humour

We are a small organisation and unfortunately we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please send a CV and cover letter to Ms. Ut Duong, HR officer: