Volunteer Experiences for Veterinarians and Vet Nurses in the South Pacific
VETERINARY CARE : EDUCATION : SPAY/NEUTER : VACCINATIONS : VET TECH TRAINING : LIVESTOCK CARE : REMOTE ISLAND FIELD WORK
South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW) was founded in 2010 to provide veterinary care and desexing programmes to animals living on islands in the South Pacific. New Zealand run and managed, the organisation is often the only life-line of hope for animals who are injured, abused or sick. SPAW recruits veterinarians and veterinary nurses from New Zealand, Australia and around the world to deliver free veterinary services to the islands of Tongatapu, Vava’u, Niue, Fiji, Samoa and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
The charity is responsible for the introduction of regular veterinary clinics on several south pacific islands since 2010, including Niue where we have delivered five clinics and our main project Tonga is now in its 8th year and in 2018 we will celebrate 40 clinics to the Kingdom. SPAW also visits Vava’u and Taveuni in Fiji regularly. Often, SPAW volunteers are the only veterinary professionals an island community will see and it is our hope that by being present and fostering positive animal welfare activities that over time people will display higher levels of compassion for all animals. Our services include desexing dogs and cats, livestock care, varying surgerical procedures, and the provisioning parvovirus vaccines and parasite care to as many animals as we can reach during a field clinic.
IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PACIFIC ISLANDS ANIMALS SINCE 2010
SPAW offers quality and life- enhancing volunteer experiences for Veterinarians and Vet Nurses from all around the world. Our volunteers will experience situations that take them out of their comfort zone in challenging yet highly satisfying environments.
Dr. Cathy Holgate from Orewa Beach Veterinary Centre says “working with SPAW in Tonga enabled me to use my veterinary skills in a new and challenging way. It is wonderful to know that even the simplest of treatments often makes a huge impact on an animals’ life”.
Vet Nurse Petra Nuenz says “I loved going into the remote villages to do some nursing outside the main clinic in Tongatapu. The local kids were so interested in what we did and how we did it, great fun and a wonderful team to have this life-changing experience with.”