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.
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.
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
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.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 ?
All visitors will be accompanied by an English speaking staff member ( Subject to availability ) . For both animal welfare and visitor safety we are limited to groups of no more than 4 visitors at a time to our field work program.
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