Our international work

Calling all vet students!

Looking for an exceptional opportunity to improve your clinical skills?

Africa Vet Experience © RSPCA International

RSPCA is partnering on the Africa Vet Experience course in beautiful Malawi, southern Africa.

You will work with a variety of animals from dogs and cats to pigs, goats and donkeys at community veterinary clinics and a new veterinary hospital. Stay overnight in the bush at a national park and distance assess wild animal health. 

Read more: Africa Vet Experience (PDF 1.8MB)

Thanks to the International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS) for sharing this programme with their members.

Working for animals and people

Owners and animals waiting for treatment outside LSPCA mobile clinic © Joe Murphy/RSPCA photolibrary

With over 150 years of international experience, our overseas work today is a highly strategic, proactive programme in Europe, East Asia and southern Africa, for the benefit of animals and people in society.

This includes:

  • working with local partners on a wide range of animal welfare projects from stray dog management to developing animal welfare education in the national curriculum
  • delivering customised training courses ranging from alternatives to laboratory animals in education through to farm animal welfare for veterinary professionals
  • responding to a variety of emergency situations such as oil spills in South Africa and Belgium, and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Find out more about how we work.

A truly global organisation

Wild elephant in Zambia © Awely

We also work with a number of global organisations including:

  • the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
  • Compassion in World Farming (CIWF). 

And we lobby inter-governmental conventions such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to ensure that global standards of animal welfare are agreed and are not undermined by trade rules.

We've supported many international campaigns, including campaigns to phase out inhumane methods of farming, to improve conditions for laboratory animals and wild animals. 


What have we achieved?

Work on projects, aid and training in over 50 countries.

More than 100 training courses delivered around the world in the last 10 years.

Stronger and more uniform animal welfare legislation in the European Union, leading to the phasing out of battery cages for laying hens, veal crates, sow stalls for pigs and a ban on the use of animals in cosmetics testing.

The cooperation of governments in South Korea and Taiwan to agree their first animal welfare laws and in 2009, draft animal welfare law drawn up in China.

Collaboration with 15 EU accession countries to help them deliver and enforce the welfare standards required for EU membership, including over 30 laws protecting farm animals, wildlife and animals used in research.

Animal welfare education courses endorsed and accredited, or leading to nationally accredited courses, in several countries including Serbia, Slovakia, Taiwan and Ukraine.

Emergency response to storm damage and flooding, cyclones, oil spills, hurricanes, bush fires, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, avian influenza and African horse sickness in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. Civil emergencies have included farm rescues in Zimbabwe and war zones.

Help us to achieve even more and make a global difference make a donation to RSPCA International