At a glance
- Add practical veterinary medicine work experience to your CV by observing and learning directly from local vets.
- Work at a veterinary clinic in Brasov, or a dog shelter on the outskirts of the city.
- Get real insight into the day-to-day life of a vet, and how they interact with pet owners.
- Live with a Romanian host family, and seize the opportunity to explore Eastern European life.
16 or over
What will I be doing on my Veterinary Medicine placement in Romania?
You will have loads of opportunities to gain veterinary medicine work experience in Romania, by working alongside local vets. Here are some of the tasks you will help with:
- Assist local vets as they perform basic medical procedures
- Help take care of the animals under the vet’s care
- Deal with pet owners and help reassure them during an emotionally trying time
Assist local vets with medical procedures
As a Veterinary Medicine intern in Romania you will be working alongside experienced local vets. You will observe as they work, and we encourage you to ask many questions and make notes!
If you show enthusiasm and interest, you may also get an opportunity to assist. They will be able to guide you through various basic medical procedures. These may include:
- Laboratory work
- Routine treatment of pets
Help take care of the animals
Apart from assisting vets with medical procedures, you will also be able to help look after the animals in their care. If you are interning at a veterinary practice, you will assist in feeding pets that stay overnight and clean their enclosures. At the dog shelter, you’ll help local staff with feeding and cleaning.
Reassure pet owners
One of the most important parts of a vet’s role is interacting with pet owners. You can probably imagine how traumatising it must be to witness your pet feeling under the weather or injured. This is why being gentle and reassuring with the owners is also important.
During your time as a veterinary intern in Romania, you will get to interact with a range of pet owners. It will give you a lot of insight into how vets handle difficult situations with pet owners.
Where you will be working as a veterinary intern in Romania
You will be based in the ancient city of Brasov. With its terracotta-coloured roofs, gothic spires, medieval gateways, baroque buildings and pedestrian friendly streets, it’s almost like a fairy tale come to life. Although it may seem quaint and almost old-fashioned at first sight, the city is bursting with modern hustle and bustle.
Your working day will be spent at either a veterinary clinic in the city or a dog shelter on the outskirts of Brasov. The dog shelter is understaffed, and they need extra pairs of helping hands.
Evenings and weekends will normally be your free time to explore.There are always other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers around and plenty to see within Brasov and the Transylvania region in your spare time.
You will be living with a host family during your stay. They will introduce you to Romanian culture, traditions, and food. Be sure to make the most of your time with them to learn as much as possible about local life.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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 Romania will give you a unique taste of life in Eastern Europe. With a diverse range of activities, you’ll find plenty to do during your free time.
This is the ideal destination for architecture lovers, with stunning, old buildings lining the streets. The Biserica Neagră is one example of haunting gothic architecture, with its stone walls blackened by a fire that raged through the area in the 17th century.
It’s not just the buildings that are worth checking out, but the streets as well. More specifically, you can squeeze your way through one of the narrowest streets in Europe!
It’s worth taking a weekend trip to Transylvania to visit Bran Castle, the home of legendary Count Dracula. While you’re there, you can tour ASTRA Museum and delve into the magical world of Romanian folklore.
You’ll likely be amongst many other volunteers during your trip. This gives you the option to explore either on your own or in 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.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Romania
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