top of page
Dog giving a high five

Ohana means family.
Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.

our mission

Our Mission

To improve the welfare of all animals.

To provide a safe place for vet staff to learn and talk; to create friendships, happy memories and

improve mental health within the vet community.

Our work
Image by Jakob Owens

Our Work

We are a UK-registered charity founded by Vet Specialists, organising missions and 'Learn & Travel' courses for vets, vet nurses, techs & students in beautiful places all around the World. We will also have neutering clinics where vet students can learn​ how to castrate, how to spay, as well as basic surgery.

Speakers and organisers work pro-bono and 100% of the profit is used to improve animal welfare, through working together with local animal charities.

Our Courses

For vets, nurses, techs, students  (non-vet professionals also welcome)

All profit used to improve animal welfare.

our courses

27 August at 19.30 UK/Lisbon time

Acute spinal injury in dogs and cats (1h free webinar)

🎓 Alessia Colverde, DipECVN Specialist in Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ohana Ambassador.

3 September at 19.30 UK/Lisbon time

Learn to interpret thoracic radiographs (1h free webinar)

🎓 Yilin Tan, DipECVDI Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging, Ohana Ambassador.


Register for our free monthly webinars in partnership with UnivetsGlobal.

30 Sep - 5 Oct 2024: Azores islands!!

Medical and Surgical Emergencies in the Dog and Cat

Lectures and activities (hiking, waterfalls, tea plantations, hot springs!)



🎓 Craig Breheny, Diplomate and Senior Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Edinburgh;

🎓 Carolina Albuquerque, Diplomate in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

🎓 Joe Higgins, ECVS Resident-trained in Small Animal Surgery.

Azores full info and tickets

Future courses and missions:

Sri Lanka  - planning for 2025

Ecuador & Galapagos  - planning for 2025


S. Tomé e Príncipe


What are our 'Learn & Travel' courses like?

Our courses combine lectures, travel and activities. The lectures are for vets, vet nurses/techs, students. Non-vet professionals are welcome to join us if they want to combine travelling with helping animals.

Our courses are mainly led by Vet Specialists (Diplomates). They are limited to a small number of participants, to deliver the highest quality of education and make meaningful friendships. There is a unique opportunity to sit down with a Specialist to ask for advice on your career or your most difficult cases.


We have a big focus on mental health, hence why the courses are in beautiful locations and include activities. We stay in the same hotel, eat together, do everything together. As a result, 24h after the start of a course, everyone knows everyone else's names and new friendships begin :)          Join our OHANA family!

“Dear Ohana Family,

The days I spent with you were


Thank you for all that you

shared with me. The experience,

the knowledge and the joyful moments! Keep up the excellent

and truly valuable work!“

Joana Rocha, vet
about Ohana's Learn & Travel course in Ericeira

“Excellent speakers and program!

A very relaxed atmosphere

and a gorgeous location.

Ohana’s vet courses are the

PERFECT combination of

education with leisure.

Many congratulations to the

Ohana Family!!“

 Hugo Vilhena
Professor in Internal Medicine at Coimbra Vet School about Ohana's Learn & Travel course in Ericeira

“I want to congratulate all organisers, it was INCREDIBLE!

I learned so much!

Massive congratulations for

the initiative and the novel

concept! Good luck and

thank you so much for

this opportunity."

André Lopes, vet student

about Ohana's Learn & Travel course in Ericeira

bottom of page