Galati, Romania

Jun 21-27, 2017
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs


World Vets is partnered with a local animal shelter in Romania and through this collaboration we have been helping to control the small animal population of Galati. Similar to previous years, we will send a veterinary team to operate a field condition spay/neuter and animal 14053991_10206709739925967_2542370721533396166_nhealth campaign to assist local efforts.

What is included: Volunteer kit, World Vets scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary), accommodations for 6 nights, R19breakfast included with accommodations, airport transfers on official days of arrival/departure per established times, ground transportation related to clinic work, lunches on clinic work days, full participation in project and all supplies.

What is not included:  Airfare, optional excursions, incidentals, travel and/or health insurance, World Vets membership fee, dinner and anything not specifically outlined as included. Volunteers are also responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required of them to enter/exit Romania (i.e a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, visa if applicable).

A few special notes:
  • The gloves provided on World Vets projects are made with latex. Volunteers who have a latex allergy will need to provide their own gloves for this project.
  • Pre veterinary students will not perform any surgical procedures, however they will be involved in all other clinical activities in the same capacity as veterinary students. Veterinary students can expect to assist with surgical procedures however they should not assume that this will be the main focus of their involvement during clinic. Read more about student volunteer tasks on veterinary field projects here
  • Caps and masks are required to be worn by all surgeons as well as those assisting within the sterile field of the surgical patient. World Vets provides disposable caps and masks on field service projects, however, volunteers have the option of using their own surgical cap.
  • Should volunteers have and/or wish to bring donated veterinary supplies for this project, please write to so that your donation can be properly recorded. Also, all supply donations must not be expired
  • World Vets is able to accommodate vegetarians on this project. However, we will not be able to accommodate any specialty diets such vegan, kosher, and/or gluten free etc. Those who have strict dietary restrictions will need to bring their own supplements and/or snacks for the week.
  • The general packing list is geared towards more tropical climates. Volunteers on the Romania project may want to consider bringing warmer clothes and/or a few items of warmer clothing.
  • World Vets is not able to provide medical advice. Volunteers are encouraged to consult with their family physician, nearest travel clinic and/or center for disease control regarding recommended immunizations and/or health precautions prior to the trip. Although not a requirement to participate on a World Vets project, it is recommended that volunteers be vaccinated for rabies.
  • We understand that sometimes unexpected things can happen to stop a volunteer being able to participate in a project. For that reason, we highly recommend that you obtain some form of insurance for your trip.  Affordable travelers insurance can be found here, which can also cover trip cancellation in some circumstances and covered reasons. You must read the policy wording to ensure the policy is a fit for your needs. World Vets project fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (to another person or to another project).  We encourage volunteers to make sure the dates of our projects do not conflict with any prior engagements before signing up.
  • Additional travel information
  • Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions


Day 1 (June 21): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Henri Coanda International Airport (located in Bucharest). Airport Code: OTP. Upon arrival, the team will travel ~  3 hr to reach Galati. With that being said, since the team will be traveling a significant distance upon arrival,  there will only be one airport transfer provided to Galati from the airport. As such we strongly advise everyone to arrive before 5:30 pm. This transfer will also correspond to the arrival of the field service veterinarian.

Once the flight for the field service veterinarian is booked, it will be shared with you via email. Once you have booked your flight, please send your flight information (i.e. arrival/departure time, airline carrier, flight numbers) to send us your flight itinerary and/or travel information no later than May 21, 2017.

*Please be advised that volunteers may have to start traveling a day earlier in order to arrive in Bucharest on the official arrival day (June 21st). Also, please note that there are two international airports located in Bucharest – you will need to fly into/out of Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) to be included on World Vets provided airport transfer to Galati.

Day 2 (June 22): Leisure/Free Time & Clinic Set up

Today is free for volunteers to explore the area, do some sightseeing and/or take part in a nearby excursion.

In the afternoon the field service veterinarian and a few team members will go to the clinic site with local partners to get orientated and set up for clinic work.

Tonight the team will meet up for a no host group dinner to go over details and plans for the following clinic days.

Day 3, 4 & 5 (June 23, 24& 25): Clinic Work days

Hopefully you are well rested because for the next three days you will be operating a field condition sterilization campaign. The team will be picked up around 8:00 AM to be taken to the clinic location. Bring your scrub top, headlamp, water bottle and comfortable shoes and be ready to pitch in and help wherever needed to make the project a success. (Lunches provided at clinic site)

Day 6 (June 26): Free Time/Leisure

Today is free for volunteers to explore the area, do some sightseeing and/or take part in a nearby excursion.

Day 7 (June 27): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies departure. Similar for arrivals, there will only be one return airport transfer provided for the team. This transfer will depart in the morning after breakfast. As such, those departing today should schedule their departure flight for the afternoon or evening.

For volunteers who wish to extend their stay, this is something that is not included in the project fee. Also, please know that if you stay past the official end date of the project, you will then be responsible for your return transportation to the airport.


The team will stay in a newly renovated hotel located on the Danube riverfront. Rooms have A/C and WiFi. Accommodations will be shared. Breakfast is included with your stay.

galati hotel 1galati hotel 2


General Packing List

*This packing list is geared towards our regular field service opportunities to tropical destinations


  • Shoes (Keen, Teva, tennis shoes, anything comfortable, preferably washable and w/ covered toes)
  • T-shirts/Short sleeved shirts
  • Shorts (shorts are ok for surgery)
  • Scrub Pants (optional)
  • World Vets scrub top
  • Swimsuit
  • Light Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Bandana/hat
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Headlamp (Highly recommended for vets and students, optional but recommended for others)
  • Camera (w/ extra batteries and memory card)
  • Daypack or tote
  • Travel Alarm
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  •  Shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
  • Comb/brush
  • Soap
  • Band-Aids
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Beach Towel
  • Ear Plugs
  • Flip Flops/Shower shoes
  • Small travel flashlight
  • Laptop (most destinations have WiFi although not very reliable)

Air Mattress (If applicable)

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