Speciality animal hospitals are located all over the world and exist to help animals that have experienced illness, injuries or have been devasted by natural disasters. They often have professional staff but also volunteers that can help with the day to day operation of the hospitals.
Why Animal Hospitals are Required?
The recent fires in Austalia, as well as several fires in California, have demonstrated the power of nature. Many animals experience devastating consequences from fires as their homes are burnt and their water and food sources disappear. Images on the television of koalas being given water by firefighters and people taking rescuing koalas show the important role of volunteers and specialised animal hospitals everywhere. Specialised animal hospitals also help animals that have been hit by cars or experienced injuries from other predators.
Volunteering at an Animal Hospital?
Volunteering at an animal hospital is possible for people that have a willingness to learn quickly and can work hard over flexible hours. Obviously, the more experience with animals means the easier that you will find working in a hospital. Some of the duties may include cleaning animal beds, feeding animals. You may also shadow someone caring for an animal and assist them with their work. You will learn what the staff do through observation and may even get some inspiration for starting a career as a vet or a veterinarian nurse.
Animal hospitals are often noisy and busy environments and the duties of staff will change from day to day. Natural disasters obviously will require more volunteers but there is always plenty to do for volunteers. Animals experience all kinds of injuries and illnesses. Volunteers can help in many different capacities at an animal hospital.