years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
This is a truly unique opportunity. Volunteer vet nurses work under the direct supervision of our resident veterinarians and vet nurses, assisting in the care of Asiatic black bears, other wildlife species and domestic cats and dogs.
Volunteer vet nurses mostly assist in the surgery and care of the rescued bears. We have a fully equipped operating theatre and all the normal duties need to be carried out during surgery, for instance, cleaning and sterilising, taking hair samples, cleaning ears, clipping nails and taking blood. General anaesthetic and monitoring will be undertaken by full-time, resident VNs only.
Volunteers will be expected to work both with and independently from the resident vet nurses. They are expected to work six days per week unless alternative arrangements have been made. Working hours are variable, but are normally 8am until 6pm during quiet times. Of course, during periods of new bear arrivals and emergencies, hours will be longer.
Volunteers must be able to commit to at least three months.
AAF – VET NURSE VOLUNTEER DUTIES
Below is a list of potential duties and tasks for Veterinary Nurse (VN) Volunteers. The duties that the VN volunteers specifically undertake during their volunteer stint will depend on their background, experience and skill level.
Make medicated shakes for bears;
Walk and feed local dogs daily;
Clean the hospital regularly and replenish foot-baths as required;
Assist with preparation for bear health-checks and surgeries;
Assist with bear health-checks and surgeries;
Help clear away after bear health-checks and surgeries;
Prepare blood smears and blood for local hospital analysis;
Observe bears waking up from anaesthetics;
Feed, clean out and enrich hospitalised bears in bile farm cages or transport cages;
Help with any small animal work that needs to be done;
Assist the Resident VN with any research tasks;
Assist Resident VN with monthly abdomen checks and biannual worming of bears;
Assist in monthly stock check (if required);
Perform behavioural observations on bears in transport cages, dens and enclosures;
Assist in post mortems (if required);
Perform any other tasks as directed by the Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Resident Veterinary Surgeon or VN.