Vets or Vet Students

Join us as a Veterinarian or Vet Student

Our on-site spay neuter clinics are held on weekends (Friday to Sunday) between April and October at various First Nations communities in Alberta. We set up in the community and rely on over 100 volunteers each day to care for up to 700 animals. Each clinic is licensed by the ABVMA and will have a Responsible Veterinarian to provide an orientation and be available to help at any time if you need it.

Whether you have half a day or all three days to help, we appreciate any time you have! Email medical@cataskforce.org for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

For Veterinarians at onsite spay neuter clinics:

  • Physical Exams (you have a scribe and a handler)
  • Surgeon (you will have a sign on your table for which surgeries you are comfortable doing)

We ask that, if you sign up as a surgeon, you can meet the suggested (maximum) time frames for the following procedures and have small incisions;

  • Canine Castration – 30 min
  • Feline Spay, Canine and Feline Cryptorchid Castration: 45 min
  • Dog Spay (including lactating, pregnant and in heat): 60 min

For Veterinary Students at onsite spay neuter clinics:

  • Physical Exams Scribe
  • Surgery Scribe
  • Surgery Prep
  • Dog Recovery
  • Cat Recovery
  • Cat Room
  • Dog Care (walking, feeding and cleaning crates)
  • Set Up and Truck Pack
  • Physical Exams (4th year students)

Full orientations and details for every clinic scheduled can be found when you register as a volunteer (we will set you up in our online volunteer program called ‘Better Impact’). Through Better Impact you can see all of the volunteer opportunities, sign up for shifts that interest you and see who else is volunteering.

Accommodation, Transportation and Meals

Accommodation at a local hotel is provided for volunteers who are licensed with the ABVMA. Unfortunately we do not have the funding at this time to cover costs for students at this time.  Transportation is the responsibility of the volunteer. Volunteers often arrange carpooling on our private Facebook group. Vegetarian and vegan meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) are provided at the clinic site.

 

We hope you will consider joining our fantastic team of volunteers!

The Task Force needs YOUR help!

On November 25, 2022, the Task Force had an intake of over 90 cats from a single property in Southern Alberta. 

The cats will be triaged and housed temporarily at the Task Force office until they receive veterinary care. They will need to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites. Others will require more extensive veterinary care such as dental work. Each of these cats deserves the opportunity to receive the care they need, and we are committed to making that happen. Which is why we are putting out a plea for help.  Heather Waddell, an avid animal lover and longtime supporter of the Task Force, has graciously pledged to match all donations made up to $10,000! Please consider donating today in order for your donation to be matched!  Thank you to Heather, our INCREDIBLE volunteers and supporters for making our work possible! With animal shelters and rescue groups operating at full capacity our goal is that the cats, once healthy, will be placed with animal welfare organizations throughout the province to be adopted. We encourage everyone that has considered fostering or adopting an animal to reach out to your local animal welfare organization as the timing couldn't be any more dire.

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