An animal clinic on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific has issued an urgent appeal for an experienced vet and a vet nurse to join it.

The non-profit Esther Honey Foundation (EHF) says a change in volunteer plans has resulted in an immediate need for two volunteers from September 7 to September 19.

It will contribute to the air fares for those who are signed up.

The foundation, named one of the world’s “100 best volunteer vacations to enrich your life” by National Geographic, provides the only veterinary care, animal heath and welfare education and clinic in the Cook Islands.

Established in 1995, it has become a trusted member of the community while treating more than 39,000 patients. Its volunteer teams have spayed/neutered more than 14,500 animals, significantly reducing the number of dogs on the islands. It has achieved this without killing healthy animals and by providing care to all animals – owned and stray – in exchange for donations only.

As well as the senior vet and vet nurse needed from September 7, EHF needs experienced vets (three years minimum with surgical experience, including spay and neuter) at the clinic on Rarotonga, the capital of the islands, for the rest of this year and 2015. Responsibilities include supervising vet students and new graduates.

Less experienced vet, nurse, vet student and kennel assistant positions are also available.

The clinic team treats an average of 300 (primarily) companion animals monthly (including free spaying and neutering) at no cost to the community. Clinic hours are 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to midday on Saturday. Emergencies are accommodated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Modest dorm-style housing, visa, local transfers and clinic business-related costs are covered by the foundation; all other expenditures are the responsibility of the volunteer. A CV and two professional references are required.

Anyone interested is asked to email

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