Veterinary Internship in Ecuador

Our veterinary internship program is designed to provide an in-depth learning experience and offers you a chance to apply your academic knowledge in a setting that greatly benefits from your placements.  Our local partner has developed relationships with veterinarian organizations, private vet clinics, and animal hospitals across Ecuador who needs extra helping hands to carry out their duties.  Volunteers on the Veterinary Internship project provide substantial assistance while also furthering their knowledge of practical veterinary procedures.

Pre-vets, vet students and veterinary professionals will have the chance to observe and shadow local staff. Under professional direction and supervision, tasks might include: animal examination, blood tests, monitoring animal behavior, health checks, checking for parasites, diseases and injuries, application of antibiotics, vitamin enhancement, assisting veterinary surgeon with medical procedures and treatments and general animal care among others.

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Vet checking a white dog in Ecuador


Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Ecuador covers your room and full board in a host family house.  Lunches are not included during weekends as volunteers typically use this free time to explore Ecuador and experience local restaurants.

  • Shared, single-sex room (occasionally a private room is available)
  • 3 meals per day during the week & 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner on weekends
  • WiFi is usually not available at host houses, so purchasing a local SIM card for an unlocked phone is recommended
  • Tap water in Ecuador is not drinkable, so all water is boiled prior to drinking – alternatively, bottled water or the use of a camping water filter may be used
  • In the Andes region, hot water is available in host houses due to cold weather – in the coastal and Amazonian regions, due to the heat, hot water is generally not available but fans often are
  • Mosquito nets are provided



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

4 weeks$780
Additional weeks (each)$150
Prices for projects in Ecuador are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Private/shared room in host family home • Meals (3 on weekdays, 2 on weekends & holidays) • 24/7 local support • Airport pick-up

NOT Included: Flights • Airport return • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Extra activities • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For project duration not listed, please Contact Us.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Ecuador have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons.  Click the button below for more information.

Spanish Lessons


Special Considerations | Veterinary Internship in Ecuador


For special considerations regarding all projects in Ecuador, please visit the Ecuador page.

Veterinary Background Requirement

This project is limited to veterinary professionals and veterinary/pre-vet students.


Ecuador is home to a significantly large stray dog population and volunteers on projects working with animals are highly encouraged to consider vaccination against rabies.  Rabies is found on all continents except Antarctica and is fatal if not treated quickly after a exposure.

Justin’s Advice: If you can get your rabies vaccinations outside of the United States, do so. In the US, this series of 3 injections costs about $1,000.  It’ll be a fraction of that in another country.

Placement Location

Our partner NGO in Ecuador supports a huge number of projects.  In most instances, placements will occur at the location most in need of volunteers at the time.  Occasionally, volunteers will be given the opportunity to select which location they prefer.

Language Skills

This project requires volunteers to speak English fluently and have at least an intermediate level of Spanish. For individuals interested in improving their Spanish language skills, classes are available outside of volunteering hours. Please see the Spanish Lessons page for details and pricing.