Livestock Health Expert

Job Title

Livestock Health Expert


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization


Placement Location

Mid-sized town: Mbarara

Rural town/village: TBD


Comments: SNV/TIDE project works with local partners and among which is the National Research Organization (NARO) at the regional level in Mbarara. NARO will host the volunteer who will work with farmers from various districts and local governments.


1 -3 months (flexible)

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements





Academic Qualifications

Degree in Veterinary Medicine, Agribusiness or a related field



A designation/coursework in:

  • Cooperative governance and management
  • Development and livelihood improvement
  • Agribusiness

Professional Background/Skills


  • Experience in farm biosecurity measures and livestock drug use and management
  • Experience with practical farm management
  • Knowledge of tropical livestock diseases and Zoonoses
  • Knowledge of farm structures and lay out
  • 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 Uganda or other developing country
  • Experience with animal disease control
  • Knowledge of GIS
  • Experience in working with communities

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal: Improve on the livelihoods of dairy farmers within The Inclusive Dairy Enterprise (TIDE) project area.

Objectives: To develop methods to reduce tick insecticide residues in milk:

  • Conduct an investigation into possible solutions for tick control, including the possibility of creating a GIS map of tick burdens.
  • After thorough investigation, support the piloting of a mobile spray race, by
  • Working with the local manufacturer on improving the design and technical operations of the spray race;
  • Monitoring the efficacy of the spray race, including where possible (in collaboration with NARO) its effect on disease patterns;
  • Develop with local communities (including youth groups and/or cooperative societies) a business model for operating the mobile spray race;
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures for mobile spray races, based on the pilot;
  • Document relevant lessons from the pilot and advice TIDE on the effective introduction and promotion of mobile spray races.

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 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 expects each volunteer to raise $1,500 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: 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 Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, will allow VWB/VSF to substantially increase the number of Canadian volunteers it is able to send overseas.  Over the next five years (2015 to 2020), 102 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.


To increase the capacity building of FAG staffs and students to efficiently working with farmers and take care of animal health around the FAG area and give consult to national level.


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