Kathmandu, Nepal

Nov 10-17, 2018
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs

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. In 2017 we had the opportunity to establish a small animal project in Nepal with a local dog shelter to help control the street dog population. World Vets will continue this project in 2018 and provide free sterilization, along with other needed care, for the street dogs of Kathmandu. Please note: There are 4 clinic days scheduled on this project and we will aim to sterilize up to 75 dogs each day. 

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 with/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:
  • Due to the prevalence of rabies in Nepal and the high risk potential for volunteers to be bit by dogs (resulting from the nature of our work) we will require that all volunteers participating on this project be vaccinated against rabies. 
  • *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 10): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. Airport Code: KTM. Multiple airport transfers will be provided, 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 10th, 2018.

Day 2 (Nov 11): AM Group Activity | PM Clinic Set Up

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

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 3 & 4 (Nov 12 & 13): 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 5 (Nov 14): 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 6 & 7 (Nov 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 8 (Nov 17): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies departure. There will be up to two return airport transfers provided (i.e. one for early morning departures 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 located within the Thamel district of Kathmandu. The property features beautiful gardens, an on-site restaurant, cafe and bar, free WiFi as well as a spa and wellness center*. Rooms are equipped with heating, A/C, and security safes. Accommodations will be shared. Breakfast provided at/included with stay.

*Services provided at the spa and wellness center are not included with accommodations. Should volunteers wish to indulge in the spa services offered, this would be at their own expense. 


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