In Country - Volunteering and Visiting , whats the difference ?
Dogstar volunteers are exceptional people with a relevant professional qualification donating their time and skillset to help further our work in transforming animal welfare in Sri Lanka. Volunteers work alongside our Sri Lanka team on pre arranged ( non tourist ) visas with work permits , for a minimum period of 14 days but ideally between 1 to 6 months.
Visitors ( or guests ) are compassionate individuals travelling in Sri Lanka with an interest in seeing how Dogstar’s animal welfare work is making a difference to the lives of dogs and cats and finding out how they can support us when they return home. Guests can also be current supporters who would like to see the impact of their donations first hand. Guests can visit for a few hours or multiple times during their stay.
Volunteering | Veterinary Professionals
Qualified Veterinary Surgeons
Volunteer veterinarians should have a minimum of five years post qualification experience with strong surgical skills, capable of working under pressure in a dynamic environment and be confident in handling emergency situations.
All volunteer veterinarians will be required to apply in advance to the Sri Lanka Veterinary Council to obtain a temporary registration to practice here. This is a legal requirement and Dogstars in-country team will provide full guidance and assistance. Potential volunteers should contact us a minimum of 16 weeks in advice to allow processing time for work permits and licensing with SLVC.
Registered Veterinary Nurses
Nurses must have three years experience, capable of working under pressure in a dynamic environment and be confident in handling emergency situations. Potential RVN volunteers should allow a minimum of 12 weeks to process work permits and visas.
Veterinary students and new grads
Due to the nature of our work we are unable to accept students or post grads looking to gain surgical experience. We highly recommend the Worldwide Veterinary Service ( WVS ) International training centres in Goa , Ooty and Thailand whose specialist courses provide supervised hands-on surgical experience and lectures.
Volunteering | non veterinary
People with many varied skills including photographers, marketing, PR, Videographers, fundraising, website designers with Beaver Builder experience and social media gurus can all play a huge part in our work. Contact us if you have a skill you would like to donate.
Please note we do have any hands on roles working with animals other than those listed in the veterinary professional section.Contact us to discuss
Travelling to Sri Lanka and want to meet the Dogstar team , visit the mobile spay neuter truck or see the Street Dog Skin Care program in action and find out how you can continue to help animals here when you get home ?
Visits are subject to availability. All visitors will be accompanied by an English speaking staff member . For both animal welfare and visitor safety we are limited to groups of no more than 4 visitors at a time , all visits are strictly “hands off” animals. Generally speaking a minimum of 72 hours is required to arrange a visit.Arrange a visit