Volunteers have always been an important element in the success of Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF). At the beginning it was run exclusively by volunteers, and even after it was able to hire staff, volunteers continued to carry much of the organizational weight. For VWB/VSF, its corps of dedicated and highly skilled volunteers has always been one of its greatest assets.
VWB/VSF recruits people with a wide range of skills and professions – gender specialists, animal nutrition experts, community organizers and youth workers. But veterinarians and veterinary students continue to be a critically important volunteer group. By improving the health of animals, they contribute to the health and livelihoods of disadvantaged people in some of the poorest communities around the world.
VWB/VSF’s volunteer program receives generous support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.