Animal Experience International (AEI) is a B Corporation with a mission to help animals around the globe by matching clients with animal-related volunteer opportunities at sanctuaries, hospitals and research projects. Through their work as a wildlife veterinarian and as a volunteer coordinator for wildlife rehabilitation centres, Heather and Nora have come to understand the need for such an organization. People like you, from all walks of life, and from every country, are seeking animal-related experiences as volunteers. We are here to make sure you have a safe and rewarding journey.
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AEI is a certified Ontario Social Enterprise, a member of Travel Industry Council of Ontario, a member of Tourism Cares, a member of the Family Travel Association, a member of ACTA, and a ChildSafe Supporting Business. Nora is a certified Good Travel Advisor, Women for Nature member, Kenya Authorised Travel Specialist and Aussie Specialist Agent.
Dr. Heather Reid is a wildlife veterinarian with over 20 years experience. She has worked with more than 200 species of native wild animals in Canada’s busiest wildlife hospital. Her veterinary interests are many, ranging from orthopedic surgery to conservation medicine and she enjoys the challenges that come with working with wild patients. Whenever possible, Dr. Reid takes her clinical skills out of the hospital and into the field where she can work with wildlife in their natural habitat. Her work with conservation research projects has ranged from salamanders to wolverines and has taken her deep into the wilds of Canada’s forests. Dr. Reid is a member of the Canadian Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians. She has been an instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, and has taught Chemical Immobilization of wildlife for the CAZWV. Dr. Reid enjoys working with students and has taught and mentored countless veterinary and veterinary technician students over the years. It is the enthusiasm and dedication of these students and volunteers that inspires Dr. Reid. She is excited to take the skills of volunteers to animal organizations around the world that can benefit from their help.
Nora Livingstone has extensive travel and volunteer experience. She has volunteered with animals in such places as Nepal, Oman, Sierra Leone and Costa Rica. She loves the idea of empowering people to live their dreams and travel while helping animals. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She is an Online Suicide Intervention Specialist and holds an internationally recognised competency certificate from the QPR institute. She recently became a Good Travels Travel Advisor. While working as a volunteer coordinator at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Canada, Nora was able to gain extensive knowledge of volunteer management. Nora holds FEMA certifications for volunteering, leadership and deployment during natural disasters, which she has put to good use rescuing animals in places like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Having spent thousands of hours in planes, trains, tuk-tuks, buses, canoes and in her dirty ol' hiking boots, Nora is excited to be helping people experience AEI’s animal adventures for themselves. Nora is a Nature Canada, Woman for Nature and is on the advisory board of the Orangutan Project.
Nora has been the group leader on: Expedition Greece, Expedition Kenya, Expedition Guatemala and soon Expedition Nepal.
She has been featured on numerous travel blogs, read about her adventures on Evox.
AEI has been interviewed by: Arc Benders, Animal Ambassador, The Bark, Nature Canada, I Want Her Job, See The Wild, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, We Rule, Falcon Water Technologies, Green Matters, Why Whisper, The Passing Through Podcast, The Boiling Point Podcast, The School for Humanity, Heroine of the Week, Pet Anthology, Volunteer World, B Corp Magazine, Medium, Be The Change Magazine, The Brazilian Wave, Travel Pulse, Travel Luxe, ChildSafe Movement, Yahoo, Insight Guides and Family Travel Association.