Volunteering with Darwin Animal Doctors is a unique and unmatched experience. Our volunteers will not just gain hands-on experience, but volunteers from every field will face a unique set of challenges which will require them to develop a new kind of flexibility in thinking and manner in applying prior knowledge. All volunteers will walk away from their time volunteering with us with the real understanding that they have made a difference in the community in which they worked.
In keeping with our main goal, our clinics and our educational outreach focuses on sterilization of local dogs and cats. This not only provides the animals with healthier and happier lives, but it limits the population of dogs and cats who are preying on the local wildlife, competing for natural resources, and spreading invasive diseases and parasites. While this is our primary focus, our clinics do far more than just spay/neuter, and all our veterinary volunteers should be prepared to handle full routine care, emergency care and a variety of other surgical procedures.
As an organization, we believe that humane education is key. Our aim is not to conduct mass spay and neuter surgeries, but rather to work together with a community to develop a well-rounded understanding of animal care, with an emphasis on the importance of spay/neutering. Our clinics are used as a central hub of our educational outreach and our veterinary volunteers do not just stay inside the clinic and treat patients, but are expected to take every case as an education opportunity. Our volunteers are highly respected within the communities in which we work, and taking the time to listen to questions, offer assistance and explain what exactly is involved in a treatment and why it will be conducted, goes a long way in assisting our humane education efforts.
University of Pennsylvania
"My experience at Darwin was amazing! I saw so many interesting patients and was able to do a lot of hands-on work!"
from Glasgow, Scotland
"Make friends with the kids here! They are the best because they really care about the well-being of their animals."
from UPenn Vet School
"Volunteering here at Darwin was a great opportunity. I learned a ton - you guys will have a blast."
from The Netherlands
"I have been here for one month and I think this all is one of the most beautiful experiences of my life."
All our volunteers will face a unique set of challenges, and will learn to think creatively and be flexible with knowledge gained in school and in other practical experience. Students will learn to work around difficulties such as dealing with a language barrier, to designing treatment plans around the understanding that a client may not be able to return to the clinic for a check-up. As a non-profit organization, we work with a more limited number of medications and diagnostic tests than one may expect to see in a first world country, and so our veterinary volunteers must learn to be more flexible with their thinking in order to diagnose and treat a patient. Students and teachers in our educational programs will learn to work with the local community to help foster and grow understanding and practices that lead to healthy, happy animals and a valued and protected ecosystem.
Our volunteers are very important to our organization, from the first-year student, to the highly-experienced veterinarian, the media support or the educational ambassador. Everyone is treated with respect and each will be an equal member of the team. If this is something you are interested in, consider applying today to support the life-saving work we do around the world.