Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know about Vets Beyond Borders and volunteering

International Volunteering

Our Partners offer different support for each of their programs and these can vary widely. Below you will find a generalised list, but we recommend you view the relevant pages or contact us for Program-specific information.

Volunteers will generally need to cover their own expenses for:

  • flights to/from the Program destination
  • accommodation
  • insurances (travel, medical, including COVID-19 and medi-evac cover - we also recommend working with animals cover)
  • visa to enter the country
  • in-country veterinary registrations
  • any relevant vaccinations for the program (i.e. rabies)
  • all COVID-19 related travel requirements (i.e. in-country testing, all vaccinations)
  • daily living expenses - meals etc
What's provided:
  • airport pick-up/drop-off
  • domestic flights to any remote project locations
  • accommodation during outreach,
  • insurances (see next FAQ)
  • liaison contact to provide in-country support, hospitality, and orientation.
  • all veterinary equipment and consumables required to undertake the program

VBB provides limited Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance cover for those who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Approved by our veterinary team to volunteer with VBB
  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Are current VBB members

VBB deploys experienced veterinary volunteers with a minimum of 2 years post-graduate clinical experience. Volunteers must hold the following qualifications to be eligible to volunteer.

Veterinarians: Must hold a veterinary science qualification recognised by the Australian Veterinary Boards Council or the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and be registered to practise in the jurisdiction of usual residence.

Veterinary Nurses: Awarded a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or Bachelor of Veterinary Technology/Nursing, or equivalent.

Veterinarians with between 1 and 2 years relevant clinical experience are considered on a case-by-case basis. New graduates and final year veterinary students are encouraged to volunteer as veterinary aides. Contact us at for more information.

When veterinary students are deployed, they are only authorised to perform the duties of veterinary nurses. They are not permitted to perform acts of veterinary science. They must be supervised by a registered veterinarian or other senior staff member of the Program's staff, to ensure that their duties are restricted to those of a veterinary nurse

AVERT - emergency response volunteering

To create a new or update an existing AVERT registration, please head to our dedicated AVERT database here.

For more information about AVERT, head to our AVERT page.

Vets Beyond Borders AVERT volunteers support our registered emergency response partners and agencies. We operate within state-based emergency response frameworks. AVERT volunteers will only be deployed at the request of, and under direct coordination of State Incident Controllers or partnered Supplying Agents.

For more information about AVERT, head to our AVERT page.

Upon activation of AVERT, we contact the appropriately skilled (and located) individuals from our database to generate a shortlist of available volunteers ready to deploy. Due to the high-volume of requests and situation-specific needs of the emergency, it is not guaranteed that you will be contacted in each AVERT activation.

We ask that you keep your AVERT registration details up-to-date to ensure the efficient use of the database during an emergency.

We will regularly provide AVERT-wide communication and updates, however it is our understanding that Spam/Junk filters may accidentally target these.

General Information

No. VBB cannot provide veterinary advice online and we recommend you contact your local veterinarian.

VBB will at times accept in-date veterinary consumables and equipment, depending on the type and our storage capacity.

If you have in-date stock that you wish to donate, please send us an email with a list of:

  • product names/description
  • quantity
  • expiry dates (if relevant)
  • any relevant images

All fundraising and donation information can be found here.

  1. Please click this link to log in to your VBB Donor dashboard on our portal. Your username is your email address. You may reset password if you have forgotten it.
  2. Once logged in, navigate to the 'recurring donations' tab on the left panel.
  3. Click 'manage card' to update your payment details. For security reasons, VBB cannot access your card details to update it on your behalf. You may also use this page to update any recurring payment amounts and frequencies.

  1. Please click this link to log in to your VBB Member dashboard on our portal. Your username is your email address. You may reset password if you have forgotten it.
  2. Once logged in, navigate to the 'Member Status' tab on the left panel.
  3. Click 'cancel auto renewal'. Your Member Status will remain active for the remainder of that annual period and will not renew automatically.

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