Veterinary shadowing in Ghana



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Assisting the veterinary nurse in the surgery


Veterinary shadowing in Ghana is perfect for:

  • those who love animals, and have had experience working looking after them in veterinary clinics, veterinary hospitals, kennels, catteries, animal shelters, animal conservation projects

  • those contemplating a career in veterinary science and applying for university placement and wishing to have some experience working with domestic animals in a third world country.

Standards of animal care differ in Ghana.  It is important to take into account that most families live below the poverty line and may not have the money or the knowledge on how to care properly for their pets.

Veterinary shadowing consists in shadowing vets and veterinary nurses and sharing your skills, helping in surgeries and visiting outreach projects.  Veterinary shadowing in Ghana will give you  invaluable experience of how vets operate in Africa.

At the same time, you will become part of the community and meet the warm and friendly Ghanaians who will welcome you to their country and into their hearts.


Where you will stay

Volunteers participating in veterinary shadowing stay at the Volunteer House in single sex dorm bedrooms, with bunk beds, ceiling fans and en-suite shower rooms with w.c. and basin.  The volunteer house is modern, clean and airy and is shared by other volunteers who are doing sports coaching, teaching, medical shadowing, working in a project for endangered primates, working with horses, teaching fashion, teaching barbering….

Sewing - teaching the ladies how to make fashions

The Volunteer House

Volunteers have three meals daily at the Volunteer House and you will need to get yourself to your work placements by local bus or taxi which is very cheap.  Drinking water sachets are included as is orientation on arrival and accompanying you to your placement until you are confident to get their on your own.  So take a bottle with you to fill up daily with your water.

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Red Red and friend plantain – Ghanaian food


In your spare time

Veterinary shadowing volunteers can join the other volunteers on  trips to Milly’s Beach, Cape Coast, Mole National Park or the Volta Delta Region.  The NGO you will be staying with can organise these trips for you providing there is a small group wanting to go.  If there are any local events going on,  they will let you know and take you.

Volunteering in Ghana

Beach vendors at Labadi Beach in Ghana


Visting Labadi beach is always an experience!  Expect to be overwhelmed with all the people, horses, music and life parading there!



Number of weeks Price What's included (excludes £200 additional registration fee with practice)
2 weeks £995 Pre-departure advice and support
3 weeks £1,195 Airport collection on arrival
4 weeks £1,395 Accommodation at Volunteer House
5 weeks £1,595 3 meals daily
6 weeks £1,795 orientation on arrival
7 weeks £1,995 free drinking water
8 weeks £2,195 introduction to placement
9 weeks £2,295
10 weeks £2,395
11 weeks £2,495
12 weeks £2,595
Book now! Fill in form, return to us with a deposit of £195 to secure your placement