Reports from the Field

Gaining veterinary experience in the South Pacific

Veterinary internship


“I had the pleasure of visiting the project during August 2012. I had heard about the foundation and the wonderful work they did through a friend of the family. I wasn’t quite prepared for how much of an impact this clinic makes.

Shannon O’Neill – Veterinary Internship in Raratonga, Cook IslandsUpon my arrival, I was greeted by the Clinic Director. He gave me a tour of the clinic and introduced me to the staff of Veterinarians that worked there. Cinzia, Pip and Helen were all volunteering during my visit and all three are truly amazing human beings. The love and care they provided to the animals was something that sometimes almost brought tears to my eyes.

The cats and kittens at the clinic were just as loved and cared for as the dogs. There was “Monday” and “Sunny” who both suffered from fish poisoning. They were both getting their sea legs (pun intended) back and, thanks to them, were on the road to recovery.

Those were just two of the cats and two of the dogs that were there. I could go on and on about all the others that I met while at the clinic. There was even a goat that made a visit during my time there! All of their personalities and warm spirits captured my heart, an experience that would never have occurred without volunteering with here.

I would recommend everyone to visit, donate, or volunteer with the project. The good that they does goes well beyond the clinic doors. I was so impressed with how every person I spoke with had their personal story of appreciation for them. Whether they had helped their family pet in a time of need, or they got their new puppy at the clinic, they valued and loved having them as a member of their island family. This is a special organization that makes a difference each and every day for the animals and people of the Cook Islands.”

Veterinary Internship in the Cook Islands


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Shannon O’Neill