We welcome vets to volunteer with us anytime of the year. You will need to contact us ahead of time to book space. Please contact us at for further information of what you can do to help.

We also always have a need of Board certified specialists in equine medicine or surgery to offer seminars or practical training for our team and/or local interested veterinarians.

Learning Opportunities

Externs/Student Program

We have an active veterinary student program at the Fondouk. Veterinary students in the last two years of their studies may spend between two to four weeks at the Fondouk gaining hands-on experience, which is strongly emphasized. Students are required to participate in case discussions and daily morning rounds of hospitalized patients, in addition to procedures and treatments of both hospitalized and day patients. These responsibilities include physical exams, administration of oral and injectable medications, lameness exams, bandage changes, nasogastric tube placements, and assisting with surgical procedures.

The American Fondouk operates from 7am until 4pm. The mornings are for animal consultations. The afternoons are reserved for surgeries or procedures, including hospitalized patients (treatments, bandage changes…). Students are expected to be available to work from 7am until lunch. Then, from 2pm until we finish at night. On some days the work extends late in the evening.

What Fondouk Offers:

The American Fondouk is an amazing place with a mix of cultures, and great people doing wonderful work for animals who really need it.

Accommodations and Costs During an Externship

Housing is provided for students during their stay at no cost. There is a kitchen and internet service available in the dormitory. Costs associated with the externship include transportation to Fes, food, and living supplies while at the Fondouk. Students are also encouraged to take time to travel and visit Morocco, so purchasing a guidebook beforehand to learn more about Morocco and its culture is recommended. Please note: Housing is only for students. Guests (friends/boyfriends/girlfriends/family) are not permitted to stay overnight.

Caseload at the Fondouk

Due to the fact that the American Fondouk is here to serve those who need us the most on a walk-in basis, our caseload, as well as the species of animals seen at the Fondouk, may vary.


  • Veterinary student within the final year of their studies
  • Fluent in either English or French, speaking Arabic is an added bonus
  • Maximum length of stay: 4 weeks (average length of externship is 3-4 weeks)
  • Up-to-date rabies vaccination
  • Externship fees $800. This fee is waived for qualified vets

How to Apply for a Fondouk Externship

If you are interested in an externship at the Fondouk and meet our requirements, please contact us at We recommend contacting us well in advance for externship availability. Often, students will set up an externship for one to even two years in advance.