Student AVMA (SAVMA)

International Veterinary Opportunities in Asia - SAVMA IVSA

 International Opportunities for Veterinary Students

SAVMA Chapter of the International Veterinary Student Association

Asia | Africa | Australia | Europe | Central/South America | North America | Worldwide


Contact the IVSA Global regional representative: asiaativsa [dot] org (asia[at]ivsa[dot]org), if you are a student interested in exchanges in this region. For more specific contact information for a IVSA Member Organization in an area or region, please visit:

Veterinary student exchange opportunities are currently available in the following countries:

If you know of additional opportunities, please savmaieoatgmail [dot] com (contact us) to let us know the details.

Christian Veterinary Mission
Christian Veterinary Mission exists to share the love of Christ through veterinary medicine. Working in communities worldwide, CVM equips and encourages veterinary professionals and students to build relationships with others through the use of their veterinary knowledge and skills so that lives are transformed.

Externships, Apprenticeships/Preceptorships, and short term missions are available. Countries include Tanzania, Mongolia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and others.

For more information:

World Vets
World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad. Our work spans 12 countries and 5 continents and addresses not only veterinary issues, but also human health issues impacted by zoonotic diseases in developing countries. World Vets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Volunteer positions are available for veterinarians, technicians, students and assistants with no prior veterinary experience.

For more information, please visit the website.


Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Chi Institute Basic Acupuncture Program not only certifies students in veterinary acupuncture, but also offers a comprehensive foundation in the theories and principles behind Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. The Basic Acupuncture Program is open to all veterinarians and junior and senior vet school students; no other pre-requisite is required. The program takes place over five sessions: two on-line and three on-site. The program is split into courses for three kinds of veterinary practice: small animal, equine and mixed animal.

For more information visit:


The Tree of Life for Animals (T.O.L.F.A.)
Helping India's Animals in Need

The Tree of Life for Animals (T.O.L.F.A) is a grassroots organization in India set up to improve the abject suffering seen in stray animals residing on every street. By reducing numbers, through sterilization, providing rescue and veterinary care to those that are ailing and vaccination to prevent disease, the lives of these animals can be dramatically improved. By extending the hand of kindness, we hope to be able to show people, both local and visiting that animals are a vital part of our environment that should be valued, protected and cared for.

Who Can Volunteer
Volunteer help at a busy shelter is always welcome. They are in need of qualified veterinarians and veterinary technicians but they welcome veterinary students and volunteers who have experience working with animals, as well as people with a bit of time, compassion and any other skills to contribute.

Volunteer Contribution
They are a charitable organization, depending on donations to fund the running of the hospital. They ask volunteers to raise a minimum amount of money prior to coming to our shelter. This money will cover your accommodation and lunch and all profits will go straight back to the hospital and will help cover our running costs such as medicines, the running of our rescue vehicle, staff wages and fresh food for the animals.

Minimum Donations

Off Peak Season: £300 per month (minus £150 one-off deposit)
Off-peak season dates include: January - May and October - November.

Peak Season: £500 per month (minus £150 one-off deposit)
Peak season dates include: June - September and Christmas and New Year.

For more information visit: Email volunteersattolfa [dot] org [dot] uk (volunteers[at]tolfa[dot]org[dot]uk) for current availabilities.

Vets Beyond Borders
Veterinary students undertaking their final year of study can volunteer to carry out the role of veterinary technicians or veterinary nurses. If there is a fully qualified veterinary onsite, veterinary students will also be able to assist this person with surgery under their supervision.

To make an inquiry to ascertain eligibility, please contact VBB through their website:

For more information visit:


Colorado State Veterinary Summer Scholars Program
Experience veterinary medicine in a variety of environments, cultures, and locations. Opportunities abound for service learning, expanding your veterinary skillset, and more. Topics include equine medicine, herd health, public health and food safety, livestock health, shelter medicine, and emergency and critical care.

For more information, please visit the website:


Veterinary Medicine in Nepal
Gain valuable veterinary experience by volunteering at the Agriculture and Forestry University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Nepal and get involved with the National Trust for Nature Conservation at Chitwan National Park! The two entities are very closely associated, giving veterinary students the opportunity to become involved with conservation, research, biodiversity, and so much more!

For more information, visit the following websites:

Or contact, Dr. Douglas Wilson at douglaswilsonatozemail [dot] com [dot] au (douglaswilson[at]ozemail[dot]com[dot]au)

Sri Lanka

Veterinary Medicine in Sri Lanka
As an intern on the Veterinary Medicine project in Sri Lanka, you will work alongside qualified veterinarians at a clinic and accompany them on field visits to farms.

For more information, contact: infoatprojects-abroad [dot] org (info[at]projects-abroad[dot]org) or 1-888-839-3535

Visit their website at: