Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Equitarian Initiative! As a part of our mission, we work to promote and develop value around the veterinary profession* through education abroad. We partner with host-country volunteers to develop local and sustainable solutions for improved working equid health through direct aid and training. This approach has proven to be effective in supporting both animal and human welfare in the communities we work.


Because many of our resources are dedicated to host-country participants, we have limited volunteer capacity throughout our projects for participants from the developed economies. We strongly encourage first-time volunteers to apply to attend our annual workshop which takes place each January in Costa Rica. The applications for the workshop can be found on our website and will open in June of 2020. Please note: Submitting an application does NOT guarantee project placement. We’ll also announce volunteer vacancies through our mailing list and social media, so be sure to follow us on those platforms to stay up to date on upcoming opportunities!

*Our application process is competitive. We prioritize applications from professionals within the regions in which we work, veterinary students in the final year of the curriculum (4th or 5th year, depending upon country of origin), graduate veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, farriers and animal scientists.

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