Animal Health and Nutrition Expert

Job Title

Animal Health and Nutrition Expert


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization

Health Poverty Action (HPA)

Placement Location

The position will initially be based in Sepon Town and require travel to rural villages in Sepon District, Savannakhet Province in the southern part of Lao PDR. Travel to support HPA’s new project in Khammouane province may also be required.


4 months

Start Date

September 2019

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 2-day pre-departure training session, available once a month. Virtual training is also an option.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements



Willingness to learn basic communication in Lao language

The volunteer will work with a local counterpart, who will provide translation support when traveling and performing duties in the rural communities.

Academic Qualifications


  • University degree in veterinary medicine (DVM) or 2-3 years work experience


  • Specialisation in animal nutrition

Professional Background/Skills


  • Large animal practitioner experience
  • Knowledge of diseases and parasites affecting livestock and poultry; willingness to research/have knowledge on this topic targetted to Lao PDR
  • Expertise about animal nutrition to improve livestock health and production efficiency, and providing advice on sustainable utilization of available feed resources


  • Experience in providing formal and informal training
  • Previous international work/volunteer experience in Lao PDR or other developing country
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
  • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance and environmental sustainability

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

To improve the livelihoods and help alleviate the extreme poverty of 400 beneficiary households of the Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor (RLP) project in Sepon District, Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR.


  • Improve local knowledge and capacity on animal health and nutrition management and veterinary services in the RLP project areas to support the beneficiary households’ development of successful livestock-based microenterprises.

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

VWB covers the majority of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Travel and accommodation for the three-day pre-departure training course in Ottawa
  • Return airfare to placement country and visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A modest monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to be sufficient to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.


VWB expects each volunteer to raise $,1500 prior to departure with a goal of $2,000 towards the overall project costs. In addition, VWB/VSF offers an award for the top volunteer fundraiser of the year.

How to Apply

If interested, please send your resume and a covering letter which clearly indicate the position you are applying for, and how your qualifications meet the requirements of this posting. Resume and cover letters can be sent to: Allyson Fradella This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Veterinarians Without Borders

For about ten years, Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) has been sending Canadian Veterinarians and Vet students to poor communities around the world to help increase the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers to keep their cows, chickens, goats, pigs, guinea fowl and other livestock healthy, well-fed and housed securely.

VWB/VSF-Canada works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environment that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to improve animal health knowledge, livelihoods development and public health.

About the Project: Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2) project is a five-year program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program (VCP). For five years (from 2015 to 2020), Over 100 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in six developing countries to help create integrated animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of livestock small-scale farmers.

This program operates in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam. We work hand in hand with subsistence farmers (small-scale livestock producers) most of whom are women in developing capacity and increasing knowledge on promoting healthy relationship between animals, people and the environment. Majority of our partners are in remote and rural areas with very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services. Our volunteers work with our partners to identify and alleviate challenges around livestock farming as well as providing knowledge and education on zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. Through this program, VWB strives to promote food security, gender equality and sustainable ecosystems as well as making meaningful contributions towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries.

We will be looking to recruit professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal and human nutritionists, laboratory experts, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, gender specialists, animal & public health professionals and other technical experts to support the specific needs identified by our local partners.