Please take your time to read through our FAQs. If you any have further unanswered questions we’ll happily answer them for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Are there any specific prerequisites or qualifications required for applicants to be eligible for the boot camp training program?2024-05-07T19:18:36+00:00

Yes, to participate in the surgical training portion, applicants must be enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary program or be ECFVG candidates. Unfortunately, temporary licensing isn’t available in Puerto Rican for licensed veterinarians due regulations, thus excluding them from this learning opportunity. Non-surgical training is available for all other applicants, including veterinary technicians and pre vet students.

Is the program limited to a certain number of participants, and if so, what is the maximum capacity?2024-05-07T19:21:07+00:00

Yes, the program has a maximum capacity to ensure quality instruction. Currently, it allows for three surgical placements and one non-surgical placement per program, though this is subject to change.

How many surgical procedures can I expect to perform?2024-05-07T19:23:14+00:00

Participants have the opportunity to perform up to 25 surgeries under supervision, depending on individual skill level and other factors.

What measures are in place to ensure my safety and wellbeing?2024-05-07T19:43:52+00:00

Safety protocols are strictly followed, with experienced staff closely supervising all procedures. Our facilities are equipped with modern equipment to ensure a safe learning environment.

How is my program fee used?2019-06-04T20:27:16+00:00

Your program fee supports the operational costs for your chosen project. This includes the all veterinary costs associated with the care and treatment of our patients including medicines and supplies, participant costs including food, transport, lodging and activities, and costs associated with our local and international staff who support us during the project.

What can I expect out of the program?2019-06-04T20:29:52+00:00

While no two field projects are the same, Pawesome does its best to ensure consistency wherever possible. Here are a few things we like to keep consistent:
•Pawesome participants will always work under the leadership of the Team Leader and will receive training and guidance.
•A typical work day starts between 7am – 9am and finishes at between 3pm and sunset, with a break for lunch.
•Shared accommodation (usually 2 per room) and 3 plant based meals per day will be provided, along with safe drinking water.

What is expected of me from the program?2019-06-04T20:30:49+00:00

Please read the Ten Volunteer Commandments and make sure you agree to them. Other duties of each participant vary depending on your skills and comfort level and of the individual goals set out for each project. On projects where spay/neuter will be performed qualifying vets/nurses are invited to part-take. Students, and those interested in surgery, will have opportunities to observe/further develop their skills.

Is it safe in the countries where you run your programs?2019-06-04T20:35:17+00:00

Safety is the number one priority for our teams. We do not plan projects in areas that are at war or have a high threat of terrorist activity. Nevertheless, there is usually more risk involved in traveling abroad then staying at home and watching the travel channel in your living room. We make every effort to make our projects safe, but ultimately you are responsible for your own actions. If the Australian Government issues a significant travel warning for an area where a project is planned, we may cancel or postpone the trip.

Do I need to get special vaccines/medications to participate?2019-06-04T20:36:43+00:00

It is not usually a requirement for you to be vaccinated or carry medications in order for you to participate on a Pawesome project; however, no matter what precautions we take to ensure the safety of you, our team and everyone around us it is ultimately your responsibility to get the appropriate vaccines/medications. Please check with your primary doctor or local health department for recommendations for each particular location. You may need to get your vaccines several weeks prior to travel so please plan ahead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is another great source for traveler’s health recommendations.

Do I need a passport or visa?2019-06-04T20:37:58+00:00

Yes, you will definitely need a passport. Make sure your passport has a validity date of more than six months prior to your departure. Only some countries require a visa. It is your responsibility to make sure you have the appropriate travel documents. Pawesome staff will offer support and guidance if/when a visa is required.

Do you require proof of travel insurance to participate?2019-06-04T20:39:58+00:00

Yes. Travel insurance is required to participate in any of our volunteer programs. We suggest you visit World Nomads for basic affordable insurance.

Can I bring a spouse, friend or children?2019-06-04T20:40:48+00:00

Yes, we welcome spouses and/or friends, apply together to secure a place on the same session date/project. Please also notify us at time of your application. The program fee is the same for each person. We require that all participants help with the project. Children must be at least 18 years or older to participate.

Can I stay somewhere other than the planned accommodations for the team?2019-06-04T20:41:17+00:00

Yes, but we don’t recommend it. The program fee is the same even if you get your own accommodations. If you are staying away from the team you will also be responsible for your own food and transportation.

How many placements are available for each program?2019-06-04T20:42:55+00:00

The number of placements is usually limited to a maximum of ten persons per session. Several session dates may be available within a program or project. You will always find this information listed on the project page. This limitation is due in part to the restrictions of the accommodation/size of the living space but it is also to ensure that each participate receives a unique and special experience, so you get to be really hands on and feel connected to the project. If you are a group larger than ten persons please contact us to make special arrangements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Can I pre-reserve a spot on one of your Veterinary Field Projects?2019-06-04T20:44:16+00:00

Positions on our projects are offered as first come first served basis because we fund our projects primarily through your program fees. One option to improve your chances of getting a placement is to subscribe to our newsletter and be one of the first notified when new veterinary placements become available.

I have to cancel my participation on a Pawesome project. Can I get a refund?2019-06-04T20:47:09+00:00

We understand that sometimes unexpected things can happen to stop you being able to participate in a project. For that reason, we highly recommend that when you obtain travel insurance for your trip you make sure it will also cover you for certain trip cancellation. Affordable travelers insurance can be found by visiting World Nomads. In almost all circumstances Pawesome project fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (to another person or to another project). We encourage you to make sure the dates of our projects do not conflict with any prior engagements. Please contact us immediately once you become aware you must cancel. Please read our Cancellation Policy.

I just signed up for a Pawesome Project but would like to switch to another one. Is this possible?2019-06-04T20:48:52+00:00

Project fees in most cases are nontransferable, meaning they cannot be used and/or applied to another project and/or person. Applicants should not assume that once they sign up for one specific project that they will be able to switch to any given project of their choice. For that reason, we advise you to select carefully and sign up only for a project in which you wish to participate. Please contact us immediately to discuss if other options are available.

I have dietary requirements/allergies and/or medical conditions.2019-06-04T20:52:12+00:00

As a general statement we try to accommodate everyone to the best of our ability. Minor food allergies and medical conditions can usually be taken into consideration however please contact us directly to discuss any serious allergies/conditions that may affect your ability to perform your duties on the project.

What should I bring on my trip?2019-06-04T20:53:14+00:00

We recommend that you pack your belongings in a travel backpack rather than a suitcase. We don’t have restrictions on how much you bring, but be aware that you are responsible for carrying it. If you are bringing additional supplies with you for the project make sure we know about it and have made prior arrangements with you.

Is there anything else I should know about applying?2019-06-04T20:54:12+00:00

Yes! Please check out the following important pages on our website:
Ten Volunteer Commandments 
What to Pack 
Pawesome Volunteer Terms and Conditions

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