Veterinary Advisor

Job Title

Veterinary Advisor


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization


Placement Location

Dakcheung District, Sekong Province


4 months

Start Date

September 2019

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB/VSF covers the full cost of a 3-day pre-departure training session, available once a month

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


  • Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary medicine or equivalent 4-5 years relevant work experience

Professional Background/Skills


  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills to plan/manage priorities to meet deadlines
  • Strong leadership, decision making, problem solving, planning, analytical and influencing skills
  • Networking and relationship building skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel)


  • 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

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

The Veterinary Advisor Volunteer is based in Dakcheung District, Sekong province and will provide training related to the implementation of livelihood activities (livestock raising and vaccination) to develop their capacity to project staff and project partners from District Agriculture and Forestry Office and Lao Women Union.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical input for activity design, implementation and monitoring;
  • Support the team in the development and implementation of strategies to improve livestock interventions (livestock raising, Village Vet Training, vaccination system and supply chain) in targeted communities;
  • Provide livestock raising, village vet and vaccination trainings to the CARE team and the project partners from District Agriculture and Forestry Office and Lao Women Union. 
  • Participate in the strategic planning sessions and contribute to the development of annual work plans 
  • Provide the CARE Project Manager with up-to-date advice on developments, challenges and recommendations for successful training and educaitonal sessions
  • Support project teams to set up sound monitoring and evaluation of livestock and village veterinary related project outcomes (including baseline and endline studies);
  • Identify training needs for staff and counterparts on veterinary topics;
  • Participate in learning and reporting workshops with the program team as required;
  • Understand the broader issues in the district and their impacts on the project based on discussions with local stakeholders.

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 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 monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account. The MLA is designed to cover 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 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.


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