Chișinău, Moldova

May 23-30, 2020
  • Trip Type:
  • Dogs

20190523_091335This is a small animal veterinary field project. As part of this project, World Vets team will provide free sterilization services and other needed care for unowned street dogs on a large scale. To aid in the delivery of such assistance, we have volunteer opportunities that not only facilitate quality veterinary care but also enable individuals to be a part of the work that we do around the world.

For this field project, volunteer opportunities are open to vets, techs (both licensed and non-licensed), students and for general assistants (individuals with no previous vet experience). Read more about volunteer positions below.


How much will it cost?

The project fee associated with this veterinary field service project is $1250 USD. The full amount will be due at the time of registration. Before you register, please ensure you do not have any scheduling conflicts that may impact your participation as project fees are non-refundable and/or non-transferrable to other trips and/or persons.

What’s Included:

World Vets logo scrub top*, volunteer kit, pre – trip planning and coordination per the project itinerary, accommodations for 7 nights, breakfast provided at accommodations, lunch on clinic work days, airport transfers per established meeting times on official arrival/departure days (see itinerary), ground transportation related to veterinary work, a group activity as well as all supplies and full participation on the project.

*Purchase additional World Vets logo gear for your trip, including extra scrub tops, here 

What’s NOT included:

International airfare*, optional excursions, travellers insurance, health insurance, World Vets membership fee, lunch on non-work days, dinner and snacks, required travel documentation to enter/exit Moldova (i.e. a passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from your initial date of travel, visa, if applicable), incidentals and anything not specifically outlined as included.

*Booking a direct flight to Moldova might be expensive from North America. For that reason, we suggest volunteers look into booking a round trip flight to a major hub in Europe, such as Amsterdam or Bucharest, and from that location book a separate flight to Moldova. We also recommend that volunteers search for flight options on kayak.com, and then book directly through the airline offering the best deal/itinerary.


What will I be doing?

This is a small animal veterinary field project. For this particular project, World Vets veterinary team will execute a high volume spay neuter campaign targeting unowned street dogs. We may also see health consultations, perform other types of surgeries and/or treat injuries on a case by case basis. Please note that 4 veterinary work days have been scheduled as part of this project. 

Veterinarians

As a veterinarian, you primarily will be performing sterilization surgeries for dogs. You may also be involved in the following:

  • Medical diagnosis and treatment and/or in providing health consultations
  • Performing other surgeries that may be deemed necessary on a case by case basis (based on your comfort level and/or ability)
  • Providing instruction to students and/or local volunteers or pet owners

The veterinarian volunteer category may be filled by a licensed DVM who is both competent and comfortable in performing routine spay/neuter surgery.

Veterinary Technicians (Licensed and Non-Licensed) | Veterinary Nurses

As a veterinary technician/nurse, you will lead and/or be involved in running the pre-med/induction station to induce anesthesia and prepare patients for surgery.  This includes:

  • Administering, monitoring and managing the pre-medication given to surgical patients
  • Administering, monitoring and managing the anesthesia given to surgical patients
  • Assisting with surgical prep and patient monitoring

The “Tech” (LVT/RVT) volunteer category may only be filled by a veterinary technician that is either certified, licensed and/or registered. For veterinary technicians who are not licensed, they should register under the “Tech/Student” category.

Students

As a veterinary student, pre-veterinary student and/or veterinary technician student, you may be involved in any of the following activities:

  • Pre med/Induction: Assisting with prepping patients for surgery  (i.e. animal handling/restraint, expressing bladders, assisting with catheter placement, shaving and sterilizing surgical field, positioning patient for the surgeon).
  • Surgery:  Assisting a veterinarian in surgery, cleaning up surgical area for the next patient and/or observing surgery. Note: Only veterinary students are allowed to participate in performing surgical procedures and only under the direct guidance and instruction of a veterinarian. 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.
  • Recovery:  Monitoring patients after surgery, administering appropriate post-op medications per protocol chart and grooming.

The student volunteer category may be filled by veterinary students, pre–veterinary students, and veterinary technology students. When registering select the “Tech/Student” category and further classify your position on the registration form to reflect the student type that you are filling. 

Assistants

The assistant volunteer category is open to anyone who loves animals and wants to help. Our assistant position requires no prior experience, just a willingness to learn! Assistants often help in the post operation recovery area and in a variety of miscellaneous duties (based on your skills, experience and comfort level).


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.
  • 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.
  • World Vets is able to accommodate vegetarians on this project. However, we will not able to accommodate any specialty diets such as 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 program.
  • 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. It is recommended that volunteers be vaccinated for rabies, though is not a requirement for this particular project.
  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1 (May 23): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Chisinau International Airport, located in Chisinau, Moldova. Airport code: KIV. Multiple airport transfers may be provided and will be based on the arrival times of the majority. Upon arrival, the team will check into their accommodations and have the rest of the evening to relax and/or explore.

*Please be advised that volunteers may have to start traveling on May 22nd in order to arrive in Moldova on May 23rd (depending on flight itineraries). Also, booking a direct flight to Moldova might be expensive from North America. For that reason, we suggest volunteers look into booking a round trip flight to a major hub in Europe, such as Amsterdam/Bucharest, and from that location book a separate flight to Moldova. We also recommend that volunteers search for flight options on kayak.com, and then book directly through the airline offering the best deal/itinerary.

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 info@worldvets.orgno later than April 23rd, 2020.

Day 2 (May 24) Group Activity & Clinic Set up

The morning is set aside for free time for volunteers. The field service veterinarian and a few team members will also go to the clinic site with local partners to get orientated and set up for clinic work.

In the late afternoon you will take part in a group activity to Milestii Mici –  the biggest wine cellar in the world – for a tour and tasting. At winery, the team will to go over details and plans for the following clinic days.

*Breakfast provided

 

Day 3 & 4 (May 25 & 26): Clinic Work Days

Veterinary work begins! Bring your scrub top, headlamp and comfortable shoes and be ready to pitch in and help wherever needed to make the project a success.

*Breakfast & Lunch provided

 

Day 5 (May 27): Leisure | Free Time 

Today is set aside for leisure and free time. World Vets does not have any activities planned, so volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements for optional excursions/sight seeing activities.

*Breakfast provided

 

Day 6 & 7 (May 28 & 29): Clinic Work Days

Veterinary work continues! Bring your scrub top, headlamp and comfortable shoes and be ready to pitch in and help wherever needed to make the project a success.

*Breakfast & Lunch provided

 

Day 8 (May 30): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies departure. For those departing today, up to two return airport transfers will be provided. These will be scheduled according to the departure times of the field service veterinarian and/or of the majority.

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.

Accommodations

World Vets team will stay at a hotel located a short distance outside the city center, though still close to local restaurants. The property features free WiFi and an onsite wine bar.  Rooms have A/C and will be shared. A breakfast buffet is served each morning, and volunteers will also enjoy free wine each day.

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
Toiletries:
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  •  Shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
  • Comb/brush
  • Soap
  • Band-Aids
  • Glasses/contact lenses
Extras:
  • 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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