Kathmandu, Nepal

Nov 11-18, 2017
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Pilot Program

In 2015, Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake. World Vets response to this disaster focused primarily on the remote and outlying rural villages in the country. These locations proved to be the hardest hit and in need of urgent, and often times life saving, veterinary work for primarily livestock. We now have an opportunity to establish a small animal project in Nepal. As such, World Vets will operate a pilot project to Kathmandu and provide free veterinary services for small animals.

What is included: Volunteer kit, World Vets scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary),accommodations for 7 nights, breakfast provided at accommodations, airport transfers per established times on official arrival/departure days, ground transportation related to veterinary work, veterinary permits and permissions, lunches on clinic work days, a group activity, full participation in project and all supplies.

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

 A few special notes:
  • *Please note that there is a visa requirement to enter Nepal. A tourist visa can be obtained prior to travel or upon arrival at the airport. Volunteers are responsible for ensuring that they have all the required documentation to enter/exit Nepal. Learn more
  • Veterinarians filling the “Vet” position on the team roster will need to provide World Vets with a copy of their current veterinary license as well as passport photo page. This is required to obtain veterinary permissions for the team. These documents should be scanned/emailed to trips@worldvets.org or faxed to 1 877 688 8387.
  • 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.
  • 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 travellers 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.
  • Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions


Day 1 (Nov 11): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. Airport Code: KTM. Multiple airport transfers may be provided (i.e. one for afternoon arrivals and another for evening arrivals), however we request that volunteers plan to arrive no later than 9:30 pm. Upon arrival, the team will check into their accommodations and have the rest of the day/evening to relax and/or explore.

Once you have booked your flight, please send your flight information (i.e. arrival/departure time, airline carrier, flight numbers) to info@worldvets.org no later than October 11th, 2017.

Day 2 (Nov 12): Group Activity | Leisure

Today the team will take part in a group activity – more information to follow.

Day 3 (Nov 13): Free Time | Leisure | 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, along with some volunteers and local partners, will go to the field clinic site to set up. In the evening, the team will meet to go over details and plans for the following work days.

Day 4, 5 & 6 (Nov 14, 15 & 16): Veterinary Work days

The team will be picked up by 8:00 AM to be taken to the field clinic work site. Expected veterinary services include spay/neuter and other surgical procedures deemed necessary on a case by case basis, health consultations as well as preventative health treatments. (Lunch provided at the clinic site)

Day 7 (Nov 17): Free | Leisure

Today is free for volunteers to explore the area, do some sightseeing and/or take part in a nearby excursion. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today, so volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements.

Day 8 (Nov 18): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies departure. There will be two airport transfers provided (i.e. one for early morning departure and another for late morning/mid afternoon departures).

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.


World Vets team will stay at a hotel that is located within the main tourist hub of Kathmandu and within a close distance to local attractions and sights. Some highlights of accommodations include hot water, A/C, daily laundry service, WiFi, luggage storage and a roof top garden. Accommodations will be shared. Breakfast is included.

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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)

The 10 Rules of Packing