Pacific Partnership 2015

May 26 - Aug 14, 2015
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Equine
  • Hospital Ship
  • Livestock

Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to work by, with and through host and partner nations, non-government organizations and international agencies to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters. Serves: South Pacific & South East Asia

20120611_montoy_-1152World Vets is a veterinary nongovernmental organization (NGO) represented on this mission since 2009. We provide volunteer opportunities for veterinary professionals on board this mission and in turn contribute veterinary manpower and skills to accomplish the mission`s objectives.

Volunteer positions for World Vets veterinary team on board the Pacific Partnership mission will be open to:

  • Individuals licensed to practice in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK
  • World Vets members who have previously volunteered with the organization
  • Licensed veterinarians and/or licensed 1206219_wv_cmm-2105veterinary technicians with relevant experience
  • Those who can commit to at least 6-8 weeks, if not the entire mission

The ideal candidate for the mission has education, in addition to experience, relating to both large and small animals, public health, animal husbandry, zoonotic diseases, production and nutrition as well as sterilization surgery. 120628_wv_cmm-5322More specifically, swine production and disease diagnostics, rabies surveillance, in addition to equine and companion animal castrations.

Team members should also be capable of speaking/giving presentations and/or hands on instruction to host nation partners on specific veterinary related topics and/or activities. The focus of the mission is capacity building and contributing to sustainable projects.

Before expressing an interest, please read the Health & Documentation Requirements as well as the Volunteer Responsibilities for civil – military missions.

Prospective team members must have a flexible schedule as dates and details are subject to change either before and/or while the mission is underway. Many such circumstances are out of our control, however we do our best to prepare the team before their deployment.

Positions on World Vets team are very competitive and will be limited. As such preference will be given to those who are current World Vets members, those who have volunteered with World Vets on a previous occasion, those with relevant experience in relation to mission objectives as well as those that can commit for a long duration (i.e. 2 – 3 months). Please see itinerary for host nations

Please note: World Vets volunteers will not receive veterinary training and/or instruction as part of this mission – host nation partners will be the recipients of such support by our team. As such, applicants must be interested in being mentors and providing training and instruction to host nation beneficiaries. 


Host Nations

  • Philippines
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji

*Please note, specific dates and travel logistics will not be posted. Such information will only be shared with team members selected for the mission.


The veterinary team will live, sleep and travel on board a hospital ship for the duration of the mission. Team members will share sleeping quarters and bathroom facilities with military personnel as well as other NGO volunteers according to gender and status.  Privacy will be very limited. Be prepared for very early morning wake up calls, narrow hallways and stairwells and to take part in certain aspects of ship life (i.e. maintaining your bed and sleeping quarters neat and tidy at all times , participation in ceremonies, wearing a uniform and/or other ship duties such as sweeping). Meals are provided on board the ship, otherwise in the form of ration packs out in the field or a locally cooked meal.

Throughout the mission there may be opportunities for “liberty” which means volunteers are able to get off the ship for limited leisure time. With that being said volunteers should not expect to receive “liberty” in every port or that there will be ample time for sightseeing while on the mission. Nevertheless the veterinary team will be working on shore and visit remote regions each day unlike many other medical teams  Team members are more than welcome to do their own traveling (at their own expense) before or after their rotation on our team.

General Packing List

*NOTE:  This is a general packing list.
Please research your project's forecast information for weather permitting items.


  • Shoes (anything comfortable w/ covered toes for clinic days)
  • World Vets scrub top (required during clinic days)
  • Scrub pants (optional)
  • Pants
  • T-shirts (weather permitting)
  • Shorts (weather permitting - shorts are ok for surgery)
  • Bandana/hat
  • Swimsuit (weather permitting)
  • Sweatshirt (weather permitting)
  • Light jacket (weather permitting)
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle (highly recommended)
  • Headlamp (highly recommended)
  • Camera
  • Tote bag
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
  • Personal bottle of hand sanitizer (highly recommended)
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen (highly recommended)
  • Bug spray (DEET) (highly recommended)
  • Brush
  • Band-Aids
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Beach Towel (if applicable)
  • Ear Plugs
  • Flip Flops/Shower shoes/Water shoes