Veterinary internship in a dog shelter in Sri Lanka
Veterinary internship in a dog shelter in Sri Lanka

Useful information

In Sri Lanka, participate in a project to improve the cohabitation between dogs and the local community in order to reduce the number of stray dogs. The animal care internship in this shelter will allow you to acquire real skills in the animal sector. You will assist veterinarians and take care of the dogs in the shelter.

Bac pro CGEA
Scientific license
Prépa ATS
Veterinary school
Bachelor's/Master's degree in solidarity and sustainable development
Studies in the health field




Intermediate English


Description of the program

The life of a stray dog is far from easy in Sri Lanka. Public awareness campaigns about dogs (and animals in general) are very rare. Most dogs live on the streets, and many have a terrible physical appearance. Unspayed females give birth to many litters of puppies each year, most of which are abandoned in front of temples or dog clinics.

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This project is developed in partnership with a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of stray dogs in southern Sri Lanka. The organization is composed of an experienced team of more than 40 people including recognized veterinarians, caregivers, technical staff but also assistants who ensure the training and monitoring of volunteers on a daily basis. Like all of our animal internship programs abroad, this project in Sri Lanka allows you to complete your year while contributing to the protection of animals in the region.

Highlights of the animal care course in Sri Lanka

- Participate in ongoing sterilization programs to reduce the number of stray dogs.

- Participate in mass vaccinations to reduce disease and control the risk of rabies to humans and animals.

- Treating and caring for sick and injured dogs.

- Improve the cohabitation between dogs and local communities.

- Helping local people start adoption programs.

The missions at the shelter and the volunteers' schedule

This is a much more specialized and demanding program for veterinary students who have completed at least two years of study at a veterinary university. The work is done by the day (8 hours) and lasts at least 3 weeks. Students spend time shadowing and learning from an experienced veterinarian and performing various medical/technical functions. This is a true professional internship.

They participate in various daily tasks, essential to the smooth running of the clinic:

- Provide assistance with morning and lunch.

- Socialization of dogs and devoting time to sick and injured dogs (as a priority).

- Brush dogs and check for ticks.

- Cut nails and clean ears.

- Helping to clean the dogs' stalls.

- Provide assistance with medications.

Thus the participants, through these different tasks of the animal care course, contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of dogs in Sri Lanka.

Host organization

Created by people who are passionate about Sri Lanka and its culture, our partner association is a responsible social enterprise based in Galle.
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They care for approximately 2,000 dogs in their facility, one of the largest in all of Sri Lanka. The dogs are divided into two adjacent units that house approximately 1000 dogs each. The dogs are cared for in a beautiful free-range sanctuary that provides shelter for the sick, disabled and vulnerable strays. There is also an on-site veterinary clinic with local resident veterinarians who provide vital treatment and care. They run spay/neuter and rabies vaccination programs in the area, adoption programs and animal welfare education.


Strong points

Participate in sterilization programs
Reduce the number of stray dogs
Participate in vaccinations
Treating and caring for dogs
Launching adoption programs
Working with specialists