Fabian Rivers, better known as the “Dready Vet”, took part in a surgical course at our International Training Centre (ITC) in India to gain practical surgical skills and help animals in need. Here he is to tell you all about his experience in Ooty.
"The ITC was an unforgettable experience. Little did I know, when landing in Bangalore and catching my transfer at 7:00am, that I was about to embark on arguably the most rewarding experience I have had during veterinary medicine."
"During the first day, which was orientation, introduction to the protocols, lectures on issues pertinent to the ITC, details about Ooty and India, and meeting the staff, I felt overwhelmed with information. My instant reaction was to feel as if I was going to be out in the deep end. Time would tell and none of the trainees, including me, were sure how it would transpire."
"My first supervised bitch spay on the first day of surgery was slow. However, with the support of the vets, the learning was methodical, understandable, and engaging and I felt entirely at ease. To learn the correct techniques with a helping, calm hand opposite you and to be given the freedom to try, learn (and sometimes not succeed), was such an important process for me."
"Every day I gained confidence. By day three, I essentially did my first bitch spay solo; day four, a castrate with minimal intervention and by the next week, my whole daily routine was comfortable. Being surrounded by a group of caring people, both my fellow trainees and the forever smiling vets at hand, I will never forget the significance of these two weeks."
"What I gained beyond the 16 surgeries was belief and faith in myself to be able to do what was required. The ITC clearly focuses on these principles. We start together, and we end together, we succeed together, and we make mistakes together."
"I’d like to sincerely thank the ITC, Dr V, Ilona, and the vets, and the boys. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in my surgical and personal growth. I didn’t come here wanting to be the best, but sometimes you aren’t sure how you will respond to a brand-new high-intensity environment. Will you get help? Will there be someone to help explain clearly and carefully? The ITC did that and so much more!"
"I will definitely be making an effort to come back one day, keep up the good work, and all the best for the future!"
If you’ve been inspired by the Dready Vets' experience and feel ready to participate in one of our surgical training courses, take a look at the dates available at our International Training Centres across India and Thailand. If you are an international participant, apply here, and if you are a local participant, apply here.