This is your chance to find out what it’s really like to work at The Donkey Sanctuary.

We have provided thousands of placements over the years, and many of these people have come back as employees later on. We recognise the value of work experience as you move through your career, and we feel that it is important that you have the chance to work in an industry that interests you. If you are in school, college or university, we are able to offer one or two-week work experience placements in the following areas:

Our farms

On one of our farms in Devon, Derbyshire or Dorset, assisting our teams of grooms in the day-to-day care of the donkeys. To apply for a farms placement please send your application to:

Farms Administration
The Donkey Sanctuary
Sidmouth
Devon
EX10 0NU

Donkey-Assisted Therapy

If you would like a placement in one of our donkey-assisted therapy centres, please contact your local centre directly. You can find out contact details, addresses, and more information in the donkey-assisted therapy section of our website.

Office placements

We are also able to offer a small number of placements in our offices, depending on the nature of the work that you would like to do. To apply for an office placement please send your application to:

Learning and Development
The Donkey Sanctuary
Sidmouth
Devon
EX10 0NU

Veterinary and Equine Dentistry Studentship

If you are a veterinary student in your fourth or fifth year, or an equine dentistry student, we are able to offer placements in our veterinary hospital; please contact us on 01395 578222.

If you are a veterinary student in your first, second or third year, we can offer you a placement on one of our farms, so please apply for a farm placement to the address above.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

We are able to accommodate a limited number of Duke of Edinburgh placements at our donkey-assisted therapy centres only. Your request will be considered on an individual basis. Please apply to the desired centre in the same way as for a work experience placement.

Places fill up fast, particularly for placements in the summer months, so please give us as much notice as possible to avoid disappointment. We are unable to provide transport or accommodation for any of our placements.

If you are interested in applying for one of the placements above, please complete the application form below and return it to the appropriate address given above.