Animal Welfare Specialist Adviser

Closing Date: 21 February 2023

Category: All

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all.

VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

Our Partner Organisation

The Tonga Animal Welfare Society (TAWS) was established in 2020 by a group of residents who came together to become the voice for animal welfare in Tonga, and to help support the community with challenges they face when
it comes to animal care.

The Assignment

There has been no trained veterinarian in Tonga since 2017 and there is currently no-one trained to carry out treatment, surgery, or able to order or administer life-saving drugs for animal welfare.

A trained and experienced veterinarian, veterinary technician, or vet nurse is desperately needed to share their knowledge and skills and build capacity with the MAFF Livestock Division and TAWS staff to reduce the suffering of animals. By working alongside local staff, the VSA volunteer would assist in developing a veterinary succession plan around the training and retention of local staff.

The VSA volunteer will also train TAWS volunteers who are carrying out essential animal welfare tasks in Tonga including First Aid for animals, minor animal surgery and wound care.  

The Volunteer

Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community.  You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community.

We're looking for a volunteer with the following qualifications and experience:
  • Qualified and licensed veterinarian or veterinary technician or veterinary nurse
  • Certified to order and administer drugs
  • Experience in training and mentoring
  • Ability to provide technical advice
  • Dedication, compassion and love of animals
Apply Now!

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full-time volunteering role based in Tonga
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Use your veterinary experience to improve animal care in Tonga

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