Short Term Volunteer Vets Required


The Vacancy: Ape Action Africa has an exciting opportunity for a volunteer veterinarian to work with the resident Cameroon veterinary assistant. All our volunteers live and work at our forest site, Mefou, which is home to 110 chimps, 20 gorillas and a whole variety of monkeys, taking the number of animals in our care to over 350. The accommodation is very basic, it is very hot and humid so it's not easy! However, the rewards are fantastic and our volunteers have a once in a lifetime experience with the amazing animals in our care.


The Role: The role of the vet team includes overall observation and management of primate health following established procedures. Responsibilities include dispensing of medication, immobilizing as necessary for treatment, implementation of disease prevention measures (including parasite checks and treatments) and attending to any medical emergencies. Health checks and close monitoring of newly rescued chimps may also be needed. A key requirement is maintenance of daily data records.


The Volunteer: We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who possesses a recognised university degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Ideally you will:

  • have a minimum of 3 years experience as a qualified veterinary practitioner;

  • have previous experience working with primates;

  • have travelled / lived overseas;

  • be willing to live in basic conditions;

  • enjoy working with others to develop their knowledge and skills;

  • have a good working knowledge of English;

  • be able to speak basic French.


The timescale: Three month blocks, extendable to 6 months


The Reward: An amazing experience working with gorillas and chimpanzees and living in a beautiful, developing country.


The Costs: Food and accomodation costs €300 Euros per month. This includes 3 meals a day, accomodation in the forest and transport from the forest to town and the airport. Flights, visas and vaccinations are additional costs.


To Apply: Please email your CV, covering letter and two references to Professor Sandra Corr at



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