At your Veterinary Medicine placement in Ghana, your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe and assist during routine consults and treatments
You’ll work alongside vets during farm visits (if in the Akuapem Hills) or at a veterinary hospital (if in Accra). You’ll shadow them during the day and watch how they conduct consultations, work with the animals, and assess them for treatment. Under the supervision of the vet, you can also assist. If permitted, you can help with tasks like:
- General care of the animals
- Administer vaccines and medication
- Dress wounds
- Disease testing
- Setting IVs
Lend a hand during operations and observe post-mortems
Depending on your level of experience, you may get to assist with more hands-on work. You can assist the vet by preparing surgical areas and equipment, and lending a hand during operations such as sterilisations. On the odd occasion, you’ll be able to observe post-mortem surgeries. Here, you’ll be able to find out if an animal died from injury, disease, or other complications.
Educate the public and farm owners on the correct animal care procedures
In Ghana, there is often a lack of knowledge about animal care. Many animal and farm owners do not take their livestock or pets to the vet as they are unable to afford the fees. They often don’t have the means to travel for veterinary care either.
Because of this, they either do not report cases of sick animals or leave it too late. If the animals do not recover by themselves, they can die from their conditions. By teaching the public about correct animal care, you’ll see lower mortality rates and help prevent the spread of disease.
Where you will be working as a Veterinary Medicine intern in Ghana?
On this project, you can choose to work in the capital city of Accra or the more rural Akuapem Hills.
Ghana’s capital city is situated on the Atlantic coast. With over two million people living there, it’s one of the largest and most urban cities in the country. As you pass through the main streets, you’ll be greeted by many curious locals. You’ll also walk past a bevy of Ghanaian restaurants serving delicious cuisine
You’ll work with farm and domestic animals at a local veterinary hospital. This private veterinary institution provides efficient, affordable, and quality veterinary health care to farmers and pet owners in Ghana.
Known as one of the quieter regions in Ghana, Akuapem Hills is a beautiful area of lush vegetation, hilly mountainside and rich red earth. Scattered along the mountainside are small villages where you’ll experience a more traditional side of the Ghanaian culture. You’ll get to know the locals better and can enjoy dried fish and yams from a food market.
You’ll spend your days going from farm to farm, visiting and treating farm animals that require assistance.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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