Blantyre SPCA is a non-profit organisation that rescues and rehomes dogs and cats and offers vaccinations and sterilisation to stray animals or those from low-income households.
The Blantyre SPCA offers veterinary help to the local Blantyre community and also the rural communities in the surrounding area, giving help and advice to animal owners. Some of their other activities include providing veterinary care to sick and injured animals, working with police to prevent illegal animal vending, animal welfare lobbying and education of the general public about animal care.
The BSPCA is located near the centre of Blantyre but offers outreach clinics to rural areas when vets and veterinary nurses are available, this gives volunteer the chance to see the stunning countryside and meet the locals. Volunteering with the BSPCA is not only rewarding from a veterinary perspective but you can see first-hand the results of the spay and neuter campaign with local families showing their appreciation of your work.
Volunteers will be working at the BSPCA Clinic and kennels in Blantyre as well as various different field clinics in rural areas. During April and May working alongside the Mission Rabies teams sterilising, treating dogs in need. Volunteers should be prepared to work in basic facilities as common locations for clinics include classrooms without electricity or running water.
For more of an insight into what is involved you can also read past blog entries written by our International Veterinary Manager, Dagmar Mayer.
Malawi is not well known as a tourist area, but there are amazing opportunities to visit Lake Malawi and the National Park which you can arrange for your rest days.
The itinerary will vary depending on what day you arrive - but generally rest days are Thursdays & Fridays.
The weekends and bank holidays in Malawi are when the team will set up field clinics in and around Blanytre. These days are spent at local schools utilising empty class rooms for surgeries, operating conditions are extremely basic with no water or electricity. An average day on these weekend projects will be up at 7am - breakfast 7.30am and then be in the clinic for 8.30am. You will pack the trucks with all the necessary kit/instruments and supplies needed for the day and set up for surgery on arrival. Surgeries commence all day with a short lunch break and generally the last surgery is around 4pm. At the end of the day you return to the clinic, unpack, sterilise all the kit needed for the next day, organise medicines etc for the following day out in the field, where you will continue with the same routine.
During the week days you will be up at around 7.30am and in the clinic by 8.30am preparing for sterilisations and any other surgeries required - It is very helpful having these days based in the clinic as any required surgeries apart from sterilisations can better be performed there and animals can be hospitalised at the kennels of the BSPCA as long as necessary after their surgery.
The trip is located in Malawi, near the centre of Blantyre. Malawi is not well known as a tourist area, but there are amazing opportunities to visit Lake Malawi and the National Park which you can arrange for your rest days.
Fri 17th Mar 2017,Fri 31st Mar 2017
Sat 22nd Apr 2017,Fri 5th May 2017
Sat 13th May 2017,Fri 26th May 2017
Benefits of volunteering with WVS
WVS is a registered UK charity with a dedicated team to support you before you travel and during your trip. There are many benefits to joining a WVS team and these include:
A Trip Pack giving you all the details you need before you travel
24/7 emergency support from the WVS office and Red24
10% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
Discounted travel insurance from Go Walkabout
And, you will be making a massive difference to animals and local communities