Sacred Valley, Peru

Jan 16-23, 2020
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs

22291331_10154760705536571_4213800144594107671_oThis is a small animal veterinary field project. As part of this project, World Vets team will provide direct veterinary services and care to animals in need 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 to/from Cusco airport per established meeting times on official arrival/departure days (see project 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/domestic airfare, optional excursions, travellers insurance, health insurance, World Vets membership fee, lunch on non-specified days, dinner and snacks, required travel documentation to enter/exit Peru (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.

What will I be doing?

This is a small animal veterinary field project. For this particular project, World Vets veterinary team will execute a three – day high volume sterilization campaign targeting both owned and unowned animals. Volunteers can expect between 75 – 100+ sterilizations to be performed each day. We will also provide an additional half day “community outreach” clinic where volunteers will be involved in assisting with health consultations and administering vaccines and preventative health medicines to a variety of animal species.


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

  • Performing other surgeries that may be deemed necessary on a case by case basis (based on your comfort level and/or ability)
  • Providing surgical instruction and guidance to veterinary students and/or local veterinarians in performing sterilizations
  • Providing health consultations, diagnosis and treatments for sick, ill and/or injured animals

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

Veterinarians (Non-Surgical)

As a veterinarian filling a “non-surgical” position you will play a vital role in a variety of areas including:

  • Pre-surgical and medical consultations
  • Anesthesia monitoring
  • Providing leadership in post-operative care

The veterinarian (non-surgical) volunteer category may be filled by a licensed DVM.

Veterinary Technicians (Licensed and Non-Licensed)

As a veterinary technician, 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

You may also be involved with providing instruction and guidance to students in performing the clinical tasks mentioned above.

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.


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 (All students): 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 (Veterinary students):  Assisting a veterinarian in surgery, cleaning up surgical area for the next patient and/or observing surgery. Note: As part of this project, veterinary students can expect to perform a few sterilizations under the direct guidance and instruction of a veterinarian.
  • Recovery (All students):  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/or 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. 


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


Day 1 (Jan 16): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Aeropuerto International Alejandro Velasco Astete de Cusco, in Cusco, Peru. Airport code: CUZ. Up to two airport transfers may be available and will be based on the arrival times of the majority. Upon arrival, the team will be transferred to Urubamba (~1 hr 20 mins from Cusco) check into accommodations and have the rest of the day to relax, acclimatize and explore. It is kindly requested that everyone schedule themselves to arrive in Cusco no later than 3 pm.

*Please be advised that volunteers may have to start traveling on Jan 15 in order to arrive in Cusco on Jan 16.

Once you have booked your flight, please send your Cusco flight information (i.e. arrival/departure time, airline carrier, flight numbers) to no later than January 2nd, 2020

Day 2 (Jan 17): Group Activity & Free Time

This morning the team will take part in a group activity. You will visit the nearby sites of Maras y Moray. The afternoon is set aside for free time/leisure to explore the local market, nearby Inca ruins overlooking of the town of Pisac and more much.

*Breakfast included
**Everyone is responsible for their own lunch and dinner today


Day 3 (Jan 18): Community Outreach & Clinic set up

Following breakfast the team will provide a community outreach clinic. Volunteers will be involved in assisting with health consultations and administering vaccines and preventative health medicines to a variety of animal species. This will be a half day activity.

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.

*Breakfast included
**Everyone is responsible for their own lunch and dinner today


Day 4, 5 & 6 (Jan 19, 20 & 21): Clinic work days

Hopefully you are well rested and adjusted to the climate because for the next three days you will be operating a field condition sterilization campaign. The team is expected to be picked up around 8:00 AM to be taken to the clinic location.

Bring your scrub top, headlamp and comfortable shoes and be ready to pitch in and help wherever needed to make the project a success. (Lunches provided onsite).

*Breakfast and lunch included
**Everyone is responsible for their own dinner tonight


Day 7 (Jan 22): Free Time & Leisure

The morning and afternoon are set aside for free time. World Vets does not have anything planned today, so volunteers will be responsible for arranging their own activities.

It is perfectly fine for volunteers to leave World Vets project today should they wish to start additional travel and/or other activities that will take them a great distance (i.e. visit Machu Picchu).

*Breakfast included
**Everyone is responsible for their own lunch and dinner today


Day 8 (Jan 23): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies departure. For those departing today, up to two airport shuttles may be available, however, we expect to operate one based on the departure times of the majority.

For volunteers who wish to extend their stay and visit Machu Picchu and/or the surrounding area, 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 be based in the town of Urubamba and stay in a hotel that is centrally located. Local shops, restaurants and the main plaza are all within walking distance. The property features a sundeck and terrace, as well as WiFi and a shared lounge. Baggage storage is available as well as laundry services (at additional surcharge). A buffet breakfast will be served each morning and is included with your stay. Accommodations will be shared.


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