Program Details

Use your veterinary skills to improve the lives of dogs and cats on the Galapagos Islands.
San Cristobal, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Work Types:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:

Introduced animal species, including dogs and cats are causing considerable damage to the fragile environment in the Galapagos. The focus of this project is to control the feral population of these species in a humane way: through sterilisation and to educate locals around responsible pet ownership. The flow-on effects of this work improve the lives and living conditions of dogs and cats in the region and aid in long-term conservation of the islands.

Volunteers on the project work alongside a veterinarian to provide pre and post-operation medical care and to assist with operations. Volunteers may also accompany the vet on local farming visits and assist with the care of livestock.

The main language spoken in the Galapagos is Spanish, so a basic knowledge of the language would be an advantage.


Setting Description:
The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of islands located nearly 1000km off the coast of Ecuador. The Galapagos are famous for their unique wildlife, including the Galapagos Tortoise, the Marine Iguana and the Blue-footed Booby. This project is based on San Cristobal Island; the administrative capital of the Galapagos. At 558 square kilometres in size, it is the 5th largest island in the archipelago. It has a population of 5000-6000 people.
From $1113 for 4 weeks USD.

Additional Program Information

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and either a veterinary student or qualified veterinarian.

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