Closing Date: 04 November 2020

Location: Tonga

Category: Agriculture & Horticultural Sustainability

Use your veterinary skills and help encourage improved wellbeing practices for animals in Tonga.
VSA have a fantastic assignment based in Tonga working for The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry & Fisheries (MAFFF)’s Livestock Division. The Division is responsible for the care of all animals and livestock, and works closely with local animal owners to provide effective advice and veterinary services. 
In Tonga, animals and livestock are an important part of the social, cultural and economic environment. The Livestock Division is committed to improving animal wellbeing in Tonga.  With only one Veterinary clinic in the country, they are keen to have a volunteer help strengthen the capacity and knowledge of division staff.
In this assignment you will train staff to develop their knowledge in animal welfare, illness and surgery, and educate owners in the areas of medical care, well-being and housing for animals.
This is a unique opportunity for you to share your skills, knowledge and experience and help contribute in improving the livelihood of animals in Tongan communities.
Please note; if you can't commit to the full 2 years, let us know what time frame you could commit to.
We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Veterinary qualification and licence
  • Certification to order and administer drugs
  • Experience in training and mentoring
  • Ability to provide technical advice
  • Dedication, compassion and love of animals
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA's response to COVID-19

Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.