Animal Caretaker

  • Vietnam Animal Aid
  • Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
  • Aug 02, 2022
Full time Administrative Assistant General Labor Non-Profit Skilled Labor Veterinary Services

Job Description

VAAR is seeking a dedicated, highly-organized, experienced, and compassionate Animal Caretaker to assist our team in the daily operations of our sanctuary and help the organization expand into projects that will prevent animal suffering in central Vietnam.

Taking care of animals is much more than feeding them. A clean shelter is essential to ensuring the health of the animals, and as the Founder ran their own nonprofit veterinary clinic for several years, they will train you on how to maintain clinic standards. There is a lot of enrichment to be done for the animals each day, as well as shelter management to ensure we have a safe and secure environment for our rescues.

When we have enough funding, we will re-start our mobile vet clinic for medical animal emergencies with local poverty-stricken families, as well as vaccination and sterilization community projects.

Vietnam's borders are open and there are currently no COVID restrictions.


Job Description:

  • Shelter animal caretaking
    • Meeting daily medical needs, enrichment, nutrition, and exercise
  • Shelter facility caretaking
    • Daily cleaning, maintenance, shopping, and DIY/gardening
    • Oversee the rest of the shelter staff
  • Daily administration
    • Precise record-keeping of shelter expenses
  • Use of skills
    • Using your skills outside of shelter management (like photography,  copywriting, media, DIY, or graphic design) to help develop the organization.
  • Assisting the Manager with veterinary visits to international clinic in Danang as needed


Additional Responsibilities

  • Daily animal enrichment
  • Organisation Development
    • Supporting the directors in the development of the organization to include running community outreach programs, assisting with mass sterilization projects, and promoting of animal rights
  • Social media, photography
    • To assist the Manager in gaining relevant content for our online channels, posting on social media platforms, and generating funds.


Job Benefits:

5 working days per week / 2 days off

6 to 8 working hours per day

Offsite accommodation stipend up to 3 million VND

21 days annual paid holiday

$430 USD per month (10 million VND) with possibility of pay increase after 3 month training period (while this is low for US standards, we also have an extremely low cost of living as well as significantly less funding than US organizations).


  • Experience with farmed or companion animals, in a professional setting - sanctuary, shelter, or clinic
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate a team, having an excellent work ethic, commitment, ability to proble solve, and take initiative and responsibility
  • MUST commit to 3 to 6 months minimum
  • MUST be able to ride a scooter/motorcycle, bicycle is an option
  • MUST be able to use a computer: Google Drive, Docs, Sheets
  • MUST be interested in working with all animal species, as we have 5 different animal species at our sanctuary: dogs, cats, hedghogs, pigs, chickens
  • MUST NOT be looking to rescue animals at the moment
  • Work references required


  • 2 or 4-year degree in an animal-based qualification, veterinary nursing qualification ideal
  • Experience living and working in a low resource developing country, with strength in creatively solving problems in a place lacking the rule of law, without international veterinarians, and without many materials and financial needs
  • Experience working within the charity sector and/or experience in fundraising
  • Experience using charitable social media channels or has marked achievements in their own personal channels/blogs
  • Vegan, an understanding of animal rights principles including the abolitionist approach