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Thai Island Domestic Veterinarians

Koh Lanta Yai

Thai Island Domestic Veterinarians
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Care for Domestic Animals

Project Information

Volunteer Type Senior Veterinarians, Graduate Veterinarians & Vet Nurses

Cost of Project From $630 AUD

Duration 4 weeks - 12 weeks

Start Dates Monday - Sunday, all year

Work Roster 6 days a week

Age Requirement 18 years of age


This project’s objective is to relieve the suffering and pain of animals on this island in Thailand through sterilisation and care. To date, over 8,000 animals have been sterilised and treated.

The project started in 2005 when it became apparent that dog and cat populations were spiralling out of control and cruelty to these animals was prevalent. One factor was that after the Tsunami during the Thai construction boom, construction workers came to the island with their dogs but left them behind when the buildings were completed. The number of tourists visiting the island and feeding these dogs increased which resulted in their high survival and reproduction rates causing over population.

The centre’s primary objectives are to control the population of stray animals on Koh Lanta Yai in a humane way through sterilization programs and to provide medical attention to sick and injured animals.

The centre also aims to promote awareness and educate the local community on the importance of animal care and respect to local dog and cat populations.  This assists in helping to reduce the local issues of abuse and over population.

BONUS: Book 4 weeks, stay a month, book 8 weeks, stay 2 months, book 12 weeks, stay 3 months.


  • Your Contribution

Due to a lack of funding and support, the centre relies heavily on donations and the work of volunteers to keep it operational.

Your primary goal is to sterilize and provide medical treatment for incoming patients. We ask that applicants notify us of their comfort level in performing under these circumstances independently.

You will make a positive difference to the lives of dogs and cats, work with a dedicated and enthusiastic team and be given the opportunity to converse with the local people on this important issue.

  • A Typical Day

Senior Veterinarians Senior Vets will be responsible for spaying/neutering dogs and cats and providing medical treatment.

Graduate Veterinarians Graduate Vets will work with Senior Vets for mentorship and training. The new graduate will be given the opportunity to perform sterilizations and basic surgical procedures independently once the Senior Vet determines he/she is competent. In the absence of a Senior Vet, we ask that new graduates be integrated into the daily schedule with other general volunteers. This includes general animal husbandry and management of shelter/clinic operations. Because they will be the only medical staff present, we will depend on them to respond to incoming patient demands and monitoring of centre residents, though they will not be allowed to perform any invasive surgical procedures.

Vet Nurses Vet nurses are flexible with their roles, providing support to both vets and general volunteers. They will assist in all sterilizations and surgical procedures, as well as administering medication and vaccinations to patients and shelter residents.

The most common cases we see at the clinic are:
*Motorbike/Car Accidents
*Bite wounds
*Skin disorders (mange, ringworm, etc)
*Cat flu
*Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

For any complicated and invasive procedures that require more sophisticated equipment, we direct the client to a mainland hospital.

  • Skills Required

Senior vets have 2 years' experience as a veterinarian and will be able to assist in all programs at the Centre.

Graduate vets have 1 year experience and will work with Senior vets and Centre staff.

Vet nurses will assist vets and resident staff.

You will need to be in good physical condition due to the nature of the work undertaken in a hot and humid environment. You should be patient, caring, willing to accept new ideas and be prepared to be challenged by alternative cultural views on the treatment of animals.

Naturally, a love for cats and dogs and a genuine need to help them is a must.

  • Challenges

It can be very emotional work treating and caring for sick and abused animals so you should try to be prepared for this. Be rest assured that you are amongst like-minded people who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions as you and will be there to support you.

  • Accommodation

Volunteers stay in male or female dorms with two bunk beds per room, some with ensuite bathrooms.

There is a communal volunteer house with a kitchen and dining room.

  • Meals

Meals are not included, however it is very cheap to eat out and the centre is located within 20 minutes walking distance of several restaurants, convenience stores and several locally run family restaurants. Volunteers are responsible for buying their own food and drinks and can easily self-cater as there is a fridge and cooking facilities. Drinking water is provided, as is tea, coffee and sugar.

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