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Veterinary Medicine Internships in Ghana

  • Placement locations: Accra and Akuapem Hills
  • Role: To shadow and assist local vets
  • Requirements: None
  • Type of placement: Veterinary clinics and farm visitations
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 1 week
  • Start dates: Flexible

Whether you are currently a high school student considering a career in veterinary medicine, an undergraduate, or on a career break, interning as a veterinary intern will allow you to gain invaluable experience of vaccinations, operations, post-mortems, and the routine treatment of domestic farm animals and pets.

Ghana, in Western Africa, is a wide expanse of mostly low plains. Its climate is hot and tropical with pockets of dry or humid areas in certain parts of the country. A portion of the land is used for farming and the welfare of domestic animals is an essential for rural development.

Shadowing local vets will give you the opportunity to observe diseases that have been eradicated in North America and Europe and will also give you a better understanding about the problems that vets and farmers face. By showing initiative and a willingness to get involved, you will benefit from this truly rewarding experience.

Intern with Animals in Ghana

Veterinary interns in Ghana

As an intern in Ghana on one of our veterinary internships, you can provide effective and practical help working on a variety of tasks. When you arrive at work on your first day, you will be assigned a supervisor who will advise and support you throughout your internship; of course our Projects Abroad staff is always on hand too.

Veterinary Medicine interns live and work in the Akuapem Hills, where the work is structured around daily site visitations to local farms. For interns who would prefer to work in a veterinary surgery dealing with mostly domestic pets, we can arrange a placement in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

In Akuapem Hills, Projects Abroad interns work alongside a small team of local vets to out into the field to visit farms that have livestock. You may be involved in administering vaccinations, observing and assisting with operations, post mortems, and routine treatments. For those who prefer to work in a city clinic in Accra, the work is mostly with domestic pets such as dogs and cats.

You can join the Veterinary Medicine project in Ghana for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

"The people I worked with at my placement were lovely and appreciated that I was not only a volunteer but also there to gain experience in my chosen career. They allowed me to be involved in many of the cases, the most memorable being the chance to assist in the birth of a baby goat… It was the most amazing experience."

Louise Ellerton
Veterinary Medicine intern in Ghana
"Although I had little experience, I was lucky and surprised at what I was able to assist with…I helped to castrate pigs and vaccinate dogs!"

Timothy Adams
Veterinary Medicine intern in Ghana

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