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Veterinary Support – Deadline: 20th February 2018

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:

Schools and families tied up to bring 3,200 kids to VNCP

Today, the “Valuing Nature in Childhood Program” (VNCP) run by Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has officially start the second season for school year 2017 – 2018. This year, with the expected number of kids reaching to 3,200 – 2,000 more comparing to last year – schools and parents decided to partially contribute to the program’s expense. This is an important milestone marking the commitment between schools and families in wildlife conservation and educations, bringing nature closer to kids.

The aim of VNCP is to offer children a better chance to explore nature and wildlife animals, shape a right attitude and awareness of environment protection and forest resources from young ages. With the similar agenda to last year, the kids will join a full day at Cuc Phuong Nation Park and SVW’s education center.

According to the last season report, the program design fits complexly with a five-year-old kid’s current stage of development. Children’s recognition rate of five specific wildlife species has improved significantly after joining the program, especially birurong, pangolin and leopard cat peak at 79%, 93% and 98% rate respectively. Moreover, the kids were also able to remember the striking feature of each species, and start to aware of the danger of illegal hunting and trading or using wildlife products.

 “The result from last school year project has reinforce the importance and urgency of wildlife education in connecting children and nature, animals right from the first years of their life. We always welcome any kind of support from schools and parents in Nho Quan district in this new season for VNCP. We also wish to expand the program to all Vietnamese children, giving them a golden experience of learning and exploring wildlife conservation.” shared Mr. Nguyen Van Thai, Director of SVW.

Before starting the new season, in august 2017, SVW also held a workshop summarizing the project with nearly 200 educators, teachers and parents from 28 kindergartens. 100% of the express the satisfaction with the project, wishing more similar actives for their children in the near future.

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hai, Vice president of Dong Phong kindergarten, one of 14 schools joining VNCP in 2016 – 2017 school year, told us: “I find this is an amazing and manful preprogram for our students. The kids shared a chance not only to play but also to learn about nature in a unique way, and develop their own love with the trees, the animals. I hope for more program like this for students in all ages.”

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hong, mother of a kid in Van Phuong kindergarten also shared her thought: “After the trip, my kid showed some unexpected positive changes: he is now more aware of lite creatures around him, repeatedly tell stories about pangolins and also remind us not to dump the trashes in nature or stop killing his animal friends.”

SVW is actively looking for sponsor as well as donations from schools, parents and organization in order to expand the size of VNCP, bring the program to kids all over the country.

With 116 trips for 3,200 kids to be run from now to the end of May, 2018, SVW welcome any media channels to document and spread the words about the project.

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