Dairy Breeding Expert

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.


6 months

Start Date

February 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:  Feb 2-6 / March 2-6

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements




Academic Qualifications

A degree related to Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science AND/OR experience working in dairy cattle breeding.


Designation/coursework in:

  • Cooperative governance and management or
  • Development and livelihood improvement

Professional Background/Skills


  • Knowledge of dairy cattle breeding
  • Knowledge of reproductive health
  • Experience working with dairy cattle OR artificial insemination
  • 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


  • 1 to 3 years’ experience with artificial insemination and breeding
  • Experience in development and livelihood improvement
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in Uganda or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

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

  1. To understand the breeding strategy of one of the leading breeding farms in southwest Uganda (history, rationale for choices, lessons learned);
  2. Collect relevant case studies on breeding in the area, particularly relating to how local farmers deal with the dilemma, that by introducing exotic genes within local cattle, risks (feeding, disease) increase;
  3. Strengthen the capacity of the trainers to teach breeding modules to local farmers.
  4. Development of a breeding bull and heifer health program (Brucella testing, Brucella vaccination, ECF vaccination, Bull Breeding Soundness evaluation form)
  5. Development of fitness characteristics for bulls, such as charts by breed for minimum scrotal circumference at different ages, parasite resistance, and milk production of daughters
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: Monique Charron 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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