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Can You Become A Traveling Vet Tech?

I remember the nights spent scouring the internet for any opportunity to see the world. Though information on popular resorts and vacation packages were endless, I couldn’t seem to find the answers I was looking for. I needed to know how I could become a traveling vet tech.

Fast forward 6 years, and I am now living in Chiang Mai, Thailand full-time. My dreams of travel have become a reality, but it was not without much trial and error. To save you some time and many headaches, let me tell you the most realistic ways to travel as a vet tech!

Phuket, Thailand

Why Travel In Veterinary Medicine Anyways?

So why would a vet tech want to travel in this field anyways? There are plenty of stable job opportunities in our current city, so why dabble around in something so uncertain? Well, this path is not so uncertain anymore!

Traveling as a vet tech is a wonderful way to expand your skill set in ways you just can't when residing within the walls of the same clinic. Whether traveling domestically or internationally, we are introduced to differences that strengthen our craft.

Traveling as a vet tech can teach you new skills, introduce you to other experts, open your eyes to other practices, and even gain compassion for veterinary challenges in other regions. It is rare to walk away from an experience in other parts of the world without gaining knowledge, all of which can be used for your career path going forward. To sum it up, traveling in veterinary medicine is life changing, personally and professionally.

Ways To Travel As A Veterinary Technician

Now that you’re on board with exploring the world of travel in this field, let’s get into some of the best ways to make it happen!

Paid Traveling Positions

As each year passes, more and more traveling positions are being created for veterinary technicians. As corporations gain traction across the country, this often means that they need the help of professionals willing to travel. This can include opening up new hospitals, training team members, introducing pieces of equipment, and even teaching CE.

An example of a company offering this opportunity is Veterinary Emergency Group. VEG has a team of travel nurses that help to open up new hospitals around the US, allowing them to see more of the country while they work. They post often about new positions for credentialed technicians, so I urge you to keep up with their job board here.

Work Remotely

Working remotely is how I have been able to travel the world as a vet tech. I started my veterinary writing business in 2019, and am now creating content for pet health websites full-time. In doing this work, I have met many other veterinary professionals that have transitioned into online veterinary work as well. With only needing your laptop to complete your daily tasks, this allows you to work from anywhere in the world.

Some of the many ways that you can use your veterinary skills to work online include writing veterinary articles, managing social media accounts for pet businesses, creating informative graphics, business management for up-and-coming pet businesses, and virtually any task you can think of. Every vet clinic and animal related business has an online presence, which means there are plenty of opportunities for this type of work.

If you don’t know where to start in terms of diving into the online world, I highly suggest looking into an online course that offers virtual assistant training (90 Day VA). This is how I learned the ins and outs of transitioning into online work!

Volunteer With Organizations Abroad

Before I began working online, I spent a few years volunteering with animal rescues in other parts of the world. I did this by working 11 months out of the year at my job back in Texas, and saving enough money to spend 1 month at my volunteer destination of choice. I would typically find opportunities that would offer onsite accommodation in exchange for work, allowing me to spend as little as possible for each experience.

While this was typically the route I took, there are many ways to go about it! You can volunteer with an organization for anywhere from 1 week to 1 year, allowing you to create the perfect experience for your situation. There are multiple veterinary volunteer organizations that can pair you with rescues that need help, or you can always take an independent route and reach out to rescues yourself.

If you would like updates on volunteer vacancies around the world, be sure to join my email list. My monthly newsletter contains a list of opportunities that you may be interested in.

Cotacachi, Ecuador

Volunteer With Disaster Relief Programs

Unfortunately, disasters occur in our home countries each year. Not only do humans come together to support each other in these times, but the animals of the community need assistance as well. There are multiple organizations that deploy volunteers to disaster regions to help animals specifically, and these organizations are looking for volunteers year-round. Some of the main programs that you can get signed up with include ASPCA, Humane Society Of The Unites States, The Global Alliance For Animals And People, Humane Society International, and World Animal Protection.

Find Employment Abroad

If you are interested in living abroad, I urge you to look into organizations that need long term help. Rescues around the world can benefit from the full-time help of a skilled vet tech, especially those who are willing to dedicate extended periods of their time. This is not only a wonderful way to help animals in other parts of the world, but to truly immerse yourself into other cultures.

If you are willing to do your research, you can find clinics or rescues that are willing to offer compensation. Though it may not be what you are used to making in your home country, the experience itself is rich. You are often offered free or discounted accommodation for your dedication as well, allowing you to live easier on a small income. I know this is not an option for everyone, but it is incredible for those who can participate in adventures like this. One of the best resources for finding long term positions abroad is a Facebook group called ‘Veterinary Volunteering’.

Koh Sdach, Cambodia

Wrapping It Up

As you can see, there are many ways to combine your passion for travel and veterinary medicine. It may take some time to figure out the best path for you, but I have no doubt you will find what you are looking for!

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