Dairy Breeding Advisor

Job Title

Dairy Breeding Expert


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization


Placement Location

Mid-sized town: Mbarara

Rural town/village: Rubyerwa farm

Various: Artificial Inseminators Association


Comments: The SNV/TIDE project through its component of Improved dairy farm productivity, has set up Practical Dairy Training Farms (PDTFs), one of which is carrying out breeding for source of quality dairy cattle. The volunteer will be hosted on the farm but also reach out to other farmers through the services it offers. NARO is the research organization that will be responsible for the technical hosting of the volunteer.


1-3 months

Start Date

September 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB/VSF covers the full cost of a 5-day pre-departure training session, available once a month

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements


Academic Qualifications


A degree in Veterinary Science, Animal biology, or Animal Health


Masters or PhD in Veterinary Medicine

Experience providing capacity building in a developing country context

Professional Background/Skills


  • Strong knowledge of animal science and livestock management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience delivering veterinary services
  • Experience working with and treating goats and cows
  • 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


  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in a developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal: Improve on the livelihoods of dairy farmers within the TIDE project area


    1. Providing animal health training to farmers: this is a one-week module of practical training to farmers (held monthly, based on demand), focusing on animal health issues; this also includes follow-up visits to trained farmers.
    1. Participate in activities, such as researching herbal alternatives to acaracides, used for tick control (due to growing resistance and concerns regarding residues), in partnership with the Natural Livestock Farming network.
    1. Revising training curriculum as needed to ensure it offers innovative, affordable technologies and options to assist with animal health and disease prevention.

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

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

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

  • Travel and accommodation for the five-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 monthly living allowance (MLA) will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.


VWB/VSF asks each volunteer to raise $2,000 to contribute towards the overall project total costs.

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 at 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

In the global south, more than 90 per cent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers yet these small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services. Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock who provide important protein and/or income for poor households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.

Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal & public health. VWB/VSF-Canada provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal & public health professionals.

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

For ten years, Veterinarians without Borders 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.   Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2), a project funded through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program of Global Affairs Canada will allow VWB/VSF to substantially increase the number of Canadian volunteers it is able to send overseas. Over the next two years (2018 to 2020), over 60 Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of small scale farmers who raise livestock. 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 and other professionals that respond to the specific needs identified by our local partners.


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