Veterinary Advisor

Job Title

Veterinary Advisor


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization


Placement Location

Dakcheung District, Sekong Province


6 months

Start Date

February 2018

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB/VSF covers the full cost of a 5-day pre-departure training session, available once a month: Dec 8 – 12, 2017 / Jan 12 – 16, 2018

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


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary medicine or equivalent AND/OR a minimum 4-5 years relevant work experience, preferably in remote areas AND/OR management for an International Non-Government Organisation (INGO);

Professional Background/Skills


  • Demonstrated high level organisational, financial and time management skills, including the ability to plan and manage workflows and balance competing priorities to ensure timely processing to meet deadlines in a complex environment;
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, decision making, problem solving, planning, analytical and influencing skills;
  • Demonstrated characteristics in honesty, reliability, trustworthiness with the ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Representational skills including developing networks and relationships with key stakeholders; and
  • Fully conversant in Microsoft Office with knowledge in 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 in COUNTRY or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:

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

Main Responsibilities:


  • In cooperation with Senior Managers to promote organizational cohesion and learning organization through coordination and information sharing with and between all staff; and
  • Demonstrate a passion and commitment to CARE’s approach and values including gender equality, ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity and inspire leadership on these issues through the CARE Laos team.


Program Implementation:

  • Provide technical input for activity design, implementation and monitoring;
  • Support the team in development and implementation of strategies to improve livestock interventions (livestock raising, Village Vet Training, vaccination system and supply chain) in targeted communities;
  • Participate in the project strategic planning sessions and contribute to the development of annual work plans and budget; and
  • Provide the CARE Project Manager with accurate and up-to-date advice on developments, challenges and recommendations.


  • Request and clear all field cash advances in a timely fashion in accordance with CARE financial policies and procedures.

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

  • Support project teams to set up sound monitoring and learning systems and to evaluate livestock and village veterinary related project outcomes (including baseline and endline studies);
  • Joint implementation of all monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Provide input on how to improve the project based on lessons learned, best practices, technical advances;
  • Identify training needs for staff and counterparts;
  • Participate in regular reflection, learning and reporting workshops with the program team as required; and
  • Input into and development of high quality reports and case studies that illustrate program progress as required

Capacity Building and Coordination:

  • Regularly update with Project Manager on all activities, coordination and issues relating to the project;
  • Ensure participation and information exchange with partner agencies as required;
  • Understand the broader issues in the district and their impacts on the project;
  • Actively participate in the Program Steering Committee (PSC) meetings; and
  • 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.

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 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/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 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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