Volunteer Intern Program

Thank you for all the applications! We have been overwhelmed by enthusiastic interest. Please check back next summer to apply for the 2017-2018 cohort!

Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital is a fun and forward-thinking holistic dog/cat practice in Kelowna. Our volunteer intern program provides veterinary medicine hopefuls with a chance to be involved in a busy hospital from September to March. You'll spend time learning with us, assist with veterinary procedures, attend our professional development and social events, and did we mention... Snuggle puppies?

Our first intern Molly (above) was accepted into vet school after spending several months at our clinic (She got a glowing letter of reference from us!) Way to go, Molly!

Our volunteer program

Interested in becoming a veterinarian or working in a vet hospital? Intrigued by holistic medicine? Want to get valuable work experience and a great reference letter? Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital's volunteer intern program might be perfect for you.

We will train you, provide specific volunteering opportunities in the heart of our hospital, include you on our professional development opportunities and social occasions, and write you a detailed reference letter at the end of the program.

Training

We will train you to assist our veterinary pros in our holistic vet hospital and fine pet goods store.

Our initial group training will be Saturday, September 17th, 2016, from 1-5pm. At that time, you will learn the basics on how to:

  • Hold animals for taking blood and shaving
  • Position animals during Xrays
  • Collect urine samples
  • Keep the treatment area of the hospital pristinely clean (approximately 20-40% of your time)
  • Enter stock into our system
  • Wrap surgical packs and autoclave them
  • and more!

Of course, it's during your internship that you will get to practice the skills and put them into action.

(Note that completely the initial training does not guarantee acceptance into our Sept-March program. We will select the successful applicants after the training session.)

Expectations

We expect you to

  • complete the initial group training session
  • commit to two 3hour volunteering sessions per week, from September to May (with long weekends and holidays off, of course!)
  • attend profesional development training with our staff as you can
  • complete the duties mentioned above under "training" with a positive attitude and a lust for learning  
  • be respectful, professional, attentive and friendly with our wonderful staff and fabulous clients
  • have lots of fun!

Learn more about us!

Read our manifesto (that's what we are all about!) and our integrative approach to medicine

Peek inside our hospital, then apply below!

Apply

Please apply if you

  • really are passionate about animals and animal care and want to pursue this field as a career
  • are 18 years old or older, speak and write English fluently, can assist in Xrays and can lift 50lbs
  • can make our initial group training
  • can committ to our expectations and perform all the tasks listed under "training"

We welcome diversity! People of all races, colours, ethnicities, religions, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity are encouraged to apply.

Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital

Our integrative neighbourhood vet clinic offers holistic care for your pets, such as vaccinations and titre testing, Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional consultations, Traditional Chinese acupuncture, and chiropractic care, as well as conventional medicine, ultrasound, radiology and laboratory diagnostics, spay/neuter surgeries and dentistry. Our Pounce & Hound Fine Pet Goods store stocks high quality raw and dry food, nutritional supplements, gear and toys.

We invite you to peek inside our hospital, get a sense of what we are all about, and give us a call 778-478-7088 to book a consultation for your best friend.