Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vet Nurse in Kalimantan

Vet Nursing in Borneo

Help improve animal welfare in Indonesia by sharing your skills and experience!

Facility and Program Description:Kawasan Wisata Pendidikan Lingkungan Hidup (KWPLH) is an environmental education center located in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. The facility’s goal is to increase environmental awareness and animal welfare in the local area. In addition to our animal programs the facilities boast education buildings, picnic areas and playgrounds. To see a full description of the KWPLH’s facilities and goals visit or email us.

KWPLH provides world-class accommodation to 5 sun bears rescued from the illegal pet trade. Sun bears are the mascot of Balikpapan, and therefore our current education programs and displays focus on them.

The Domestic Animal Program was created in response to the frequent dumping of kittens at KWPLH. We have attempted to establish a safe home for abandoned kittens and a sterilization and adoption program. We have an average of 100 cats, most of which are permanent residents. There are also 6 dogs.

The Domestic Animal Program Goals:
1.Ensure the welfare of the cats and dogs within the environs of KWPLH.

2.Discourage to keeping of wildlife as pets by highlighting the difference between wild and domestic animals.

3.Educate visitors in proper pet care including the promotion of pet sterilization.

Volunteer Vet Nurse Needed
We are in need of a vet nurse to assist in the development and management of our animal division with focus on our Domestic Animal Program. The primary goal would be to assist our Indonesian veterinarian and animal care-taking staff in mastering vet nursing skills. Other responsibilities would include improving; administration and record keeping, enrichment and training programs, and the adoption program. There would be some opportunities to work with bears and other wild species. Interested persons would also be encouraged to help with education programs to increase animal welfare. The position would be for 6-12 months. KWPLH will provide housing.

Outlined below is a list of topics that we need help with:
1.Animal Care Administration
a.Reviewing current administration systems and improving them, especially in regards to animal health notes or charts.
b.Developing the KWPLH vet’s computer skills.

2.Assist the KWPLH vet in mastering vet nursing skills, including but not limited to: safe and effective holds, injection techniques (s.c., i.m., and i.v.), animal handling, sterilization of tools, anesthesia administration and monitoring, clinic administration, first aid, etc.

3.Assist the vet in all her duties including operations, health checks, monitoring of sick animals, and preventive medicine.

4.Assist with daily animal care, including feeding and cleaning.

5.Assist in the setting up of a newly built clinic.

6.Help develop a low-cost sterilization program for neighboring community pets or stray animals. Of

7.Dog training and training animal staff in dog training.

8.Assist bear keepers in treatment of sun bear medical issues.

9.Assisting with our cat adoption program: Improvement with the goal of increasing the number of adoptions (to good homes).

10.Enrichment programs for domestic animals, sun bears and other wildlife (e.g. slow loris, civets, macaques occasionally taken care of at the center).

11.Information gathering and consultation with KWPLH advising vets.

Australian Citizens
Through the VIDA volunteer program Australian citizens can receive financial and logistical support including a monthly stipend. The position is not currently advertised through VIDA but applicants to us will be nominated. More information about the VIDA program can be found at www.

For more details about KWPLH and the vet nurse position please email us!Send questions and resumes to Gabriella Fredriksson, or
Please cc all emails to Ali Redman

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