Siem Reap, Cambodia

Nov 14-21, 2018
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs


For the past couple of years World Vets has sent veterinary teams to Siem Reap to help facilitate much needed veterinary services for local animals. As in years past, we will operate a field condition spay/neuter and animal health campaign to assist DSC_4145local efforts control the local animal population, vaccinate against rabies and contribute to overall animal health in the area.

What is included: Volunteer kit, World Vets scrub top, pre – trip planning and coordination (as per the project itinerary), accommodations for 7 nights, breakfast included with/at DSCF0406accommodations, airport transfers on official days of arrival/departure and per established times, ground transportation related to clinic work, lunches on clinic work days, a group activity, full participation in project and all supplies.

What is not included:  Airfare, optional excursions, incidentals, travel and/or health insurance, World Vets membership fee, dinner and anything not specifically outlined as included. Volunteers are also responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documentation required for international travel as well as entry/exit to Cambodia (i.e a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure, tourist visa*), and any required vaccinations.

A few special notes:
  • Due to the high prevalence of rabies in Cambodia 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 tourist visa requirement for most foreigners entering Cambodia. This may be obtained prior to travel here and/or upon arrival at the Siem Reap and/or Phnom Penh airports.
  • 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.
  • Pre veterinary students will not perform any surgical procedures, however they will be involved in all other clinical activities in the same capacity as veterinary students. 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.
  • 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 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 (November 14): Official Arrival Day

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport  located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Airport Code: REP. Multiple airport transfers will be available and will be based on the arrival times of the majority. Upon arrival, the team will be transferred to accommodations and have the rest of the day/evening to relax and/or explore.

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 number) to info@worldvets.orgPlease send your flight information no later than October 14th, 2018.

*Please be advised that volunteers may have to start traveling one or even two days earlier in order to arrive in Siem Reap on November 14th.

Day 2 (November 15): Group Activity | Free Time

Following breakfast the team will take part in a group activity  – more information to follow! The afternoon is set aside for free time.

Day 3 (November 16): Leisure | Clinic Set up

The morning is set aside for free time. 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 to go over details and plans for the following clinic days.

Day 4, 5 & 6 (November 17, 18 & 19): Veterinary Clinic 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 will be picked up by 8:00 AM to be taken to the clinic site –  a local pagoda.

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


Day 7 (November 20): Leisure | Free Time

Today is free for volunteers. World Vets does not have any activities planned for today. Volunteers will be responsible for making their own arrangements today.

Day 8 (November 21): Official Departure Day

Today is the official end date of the project and signifies the departure of the team. There may be multiple return airport shuttle provided by World Vets depending on the departure times 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.


The team will stay at a boutique hotel that is located away from the hustle and bustle, though still near the city center, markets, and pub street areas. A few hotel facilities and amenities include two outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant and pool bar, WiFi, and spa & massage services*. Rooms have balconies and are equipped with A/C and safety deposit boxes. Accommodations will be shared. Breakfast provided at/with hotel.

*Services provided at the spa 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)

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