Veterinary Assistant - Dogs

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The Exchange

You will shadow a bilingual veterinarian (Spanish/English) as he teaches at the Veterinary university, serves the dogs at an animal shelter, and conducts surgery & care at the clinic.

What you offer

24 hours of help per week

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Animal Care: Help look after and take care of animals.

What you get

3 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Team Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.

Tent: You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.

Discounts on Accommodation: Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Free Tours: We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

Free Parties: Get free entrance for the best parties in town.

Free Events: Get free entrance for the best events in town.

Dance classes: Take free dance classes at our place.

Language lessons: Take free language classes at our place.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Fluent English or Intermediate Spanish

Over 18 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

Volunteers/interns in this position will have an incredible opportunity to experience all aspects of what it is like to run the entire operation which currently holds 30-35 dogs as well as dive into the dog care awareness campaign community-wide. Participants are invited to play an active role in all aspects of operations of animal shelter management:

You will have the opportunity to shadow a bilingual veterinarian and be in surgeries on a regular basis.

If you stay long enough, you may choose to participate in these:

• Dog population assessment & dog selection
• Dog intake & health check-up
• Dog health care management
• Dog grooming
• Dog nutrition
• Dog adoption campaigns
• Dog spay & neuter campaign
• Dog facility building & maintenance
• Dog volunteer management
• Dog shelter fundraising & event planning
• Dog life termination decision-making
• Dog veterinarian visits

Activities & Shift

• Shadow & assist dog haven manager as directed
• Tasked to compare/contrast Colombian practices vs. U.S. practices then make presentation
• Support in the creation of information materials for the public
• Support in the review of current internal operations processes & procedures for improvement
• Conduct dog health & behavior management awareness campaign
•Conduct spay & neuter campaign
•Conduct fundraising campaign
•Population survey of homeless dogs in the community
•Selection of which animals are brought into the shelter
•Take dogs to the veterinarian and observe procedures


We are NOT a free lodging program. It costs fifteen dollars per day to participate in our program. The fee covers the program as well as well as your lodging at either the dog haven house or at Minga House.