Head Veterinarians

We are looking for a candidate who is willing and capable of living in a remote location and in a small community of permanent staff and volunteers. The work is dynamic and not a typical 9 to 5 one may be used to, but extremely rewarding.

Organization overview

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian NGO, made up of a team of committed Bolivian professionals, Bolivian and international volunteers. Founded in 1992, CIWY was the pioneer of the environmental movement in Bolivia and is recognised nationally and internationally for founding centres dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. CIWY currently manages three Wildlife Sanctuaries: Machia (Cochabamba),  Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) and Jacj Cuisi (north of La Paz). Each Centre offers refuge to wild animals rescued from trafficking, offering them a better quality of life.

Job description

You will be responsible for offering technical medical assistance in the care, management and health of the animals in our Sanctuaries. You will also responsible for daily tasks such as treatments, medicines, surgeries, laboratory analysis, medicine control, emergency attention and other such tasks.

You will work under the direct supervision of the Sanctuary Director and CIWY’s President. You will work in coordination with the person in charge of each area, constantly monitoring the daily work, involving in particular: health, management and capture, management of nutritional and dietary requirements of each species.

As well as applying your technical knowledge to the job, you will also have the opportunity to gain more practical experience in the management and health of wild fauna native to South America. This is a unique experience in which you will be completely involved in the field of medicine and the conservation of wild fauna.

Roles & responsibilities

  1. 1. Animal health:

  • Monitor the physical, psychological and physiological health of the animals.
  • Coordinate the realisation of the management plan with the people in charge of each area, with a special focus on complying with the animal health calendar.
  • Carry out periodic visits to the management areas in order to carry out observations, monitoring, control and health prevention of the animals, at an individual as well as wider-population level.
  • Comply with the established procedures of quarantine, if you are assigned to the quarantine area.
  • Supervise the cleaning and disinfection of the management areas.
  • Carry out basic laboratory diagnoses. Compile and process blood samples for the laboratory and faecal samples for the diagnosis of gastrointestinal parasites.


2. Animal management:

  • Supervise the adequate management of animals, on an individual and group level.
  • Coordinate the end of the quarantine period and the subsequent transfer of individuals to other areas with the technical team.
  • Organise medical meetings as and when is required.
  • Ensure that the animal enclosures (both temporary and permanent) are safe and secure, and that they contain sufficient environmental enrichment.
  • Monitor, with the people in charge of each area, the safety procedures (runners, collars, management ropes) to guarantee the safety of staff, volunteers and animals.
  • Ensure compliance with protocols of biosafety in the Sanctuary.


3. Clinic equipment and supplies:

  • Maintain, control and periodically review the inventory of:

    i.      Clinic medicines and supplies
    ii.      Surgical and clinical instruments and kit
    iii.      Clinical equipment (microscope, x-ray machine etc.)

  • To ensure a permanent supply of all medicines and other supplies in the head veterinary hospital.
  • Help with the maintenance and cleaning of all areas of the clinic, including paperwork.
  • Ensure strict adherence to the established protocols with all equipment and materials in the clinic, following aseptic and disinfection techniques.



  • Keep the files on each individual housed in the Sanctuary up to date.
  • Keep the influx, outflow and inventory of animals up to date.
  • Carry out and write monthly reports and any other reports that your immediate superior may ask of you.
  • Produce technical information that will help improve the management of animal health.
  • Other tasks assigned to you by your immediate superior.


  1. 5. Additional roles and responsibilities:

  • In certain circumstances (due to an emergency or urgent need) you may be required to help animals that are not housed in the Sanctuary (i.e. domestic animals).
  • Occasionally you may be able to get involved in other aspects of our work, for example: public talks and other activities that for part of CIWY’s environmental education programme.

Personal specification

The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Be a qualified head veterinarian, competent in routine surgery such as castrations, ovariohysterectomy, amputations, etc.
  • Have a high level of spoken and written Spanish and basic English.
  • Be responsible, committed and able to work well within a team
  • Be able to work under pressure in a remote environment with limited luxuries
  • Capable of managing, communicating and working with individuals of different ages and cultures
  • Adapt to and respect the Bolivian culture and laws

Time commitment

The head veterinarian must commit to a one year contract, working six days per week. Two weeks of vacation is given per year.

You will also need to be flexible in terms of your working hours; you may be required to work nights, weekends, unusual hours or long days. You must also always be available in the case of an emergency.


CIWY is transitioning from an all-volunteer organization to one which compensates its employees financially. The organization offers a salary of 2,000 Bs per month (approximately $280 USD), as well as three meals a day and accommodation.

How to apply

To apply, please email your resume/CV and a covering letter to info@intiwarayassi.org.

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Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is our sister organization in the UK. They have been a major source of support since their founding in 2008. Find out more about FIWY here.

Quest Overseas organizes gap year trips for British and international students. Since 2001, Quest has worked with CIWY to bring much needed volunteers and funds. If you are interested in the programs they have with us, find out more here.

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