Surgical Training Courses - Ooty, India 2021


Our International Training Centre in Ooty, India is running Animal Birth Control (ABC) courses for veterinary students in their final two years of training, recent graduates and vets looking to further develop their skills. This course will provide you with essential hands-on surgical experience!

Launched in September 2010, our International Training Centre in Southern India primarily provides veterinary training courses for animal welfare and veterinary workers living in India.

However, every year, the ITC (International Training Centre) runs surgical training courses specifically for recent vet graduates and veterinary students from across the globe. This specially designed course is perfect for international participants looking to gain hands-on practical skills.

Course participants will learn about the importance of surgical dog population control in India and gain practical skills in performing spay and neuter surgeries. The ABC-surgery course includes practical surgery sessions in the operating theatre as well as theoretical lessons in the classroom.

The focus of the course is best practice techniques that are relevant for the high volume ABC-clinics and programmes in developing countries, where huge stray dog population is a problem. The ITC ABC-surgery course is a great opportunity for those wishing to gain more confidence in routine soft tissue surgery, as well as for those who plan to work in ABC-programmes or in other animal health, welfare & development programmes in developing countries in the future.

Full supervision from experienced vets will ensure that students have the backup and support needed to make the most of this unique learning experience.

Participants should take practical and comfortable clothes to work in e.g. scrubs. If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top, please contact the WVS UK office. We also recommend that you take wet weather gear as well as ensuring that you have warm clothing as it can be cold in Ooty and the hills of Tamil Nadu. Surgical kit and instruments are all provided at the ITC.

The country this project is based in is listed as a high risk of Zika virus on the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website. Please follow the advice on their website when considering participating in this project.

All dates below include travel days.

Participants from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka please contact Mrs Nibi Antony in Ooty by e mail

What have others had to say?

"I've never been in such a supportive, friendly atmosphere when performing surgery at any point in my veterinary medicine degree. I felt comfortable to perform tasks not only with supervision but also with the confidence to act on what I had learnt in my time there – a huge moment for me! No undergraduate gets that much practical experience whilst in college so it’s an amazing opportunity to perform surgery in a safe environment."

"Before attending the course I had scrubbed into several surgeries and performed castrations but had never performed a bitch spay start to finish - by the end of two weeks I was confidently performing bitch spays unassisted and the time taken for me to carry out the operations dramatically improved too. The supervisors were really friendly, patient and supportive and were willing to scrub in with me for as long as I required."

"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 more! I will definitely be making an effort to come back one day!"


12 days


Spaces available



  • + Flights
  • + Vaccinations


12 days


Spaces available



  • + Flights
  • + Vaccinations






Start date
End date

Any questions?

+44 1725 557225

The training centre courses start on Mondays with induction and a health and safety briefing. The days are then structured as follows:

  • Morning rounds are at 8:00am
  • Surgery commencing 8:30am to 9:00am
  • Lunch has varied time depending on surgery
  • Afternoons repeat surgery
  • Early evenings we have lecutures on various treatments and specialist discussions.

Weekends you have a chance to explore the surrounding area or take part in a rural vaccination drive with the WVS team. This is an ideal opportunity to see parts India often not seen by visitors to this amazing sub continent.

Accomodation will be at our training centre and this is a dorm based arrangement with participants sharing the accomodation

Food is prepared by a member of our local staff. It is vegetarian and hearty Indian food that is mainly curry based dishes.

Vet students must be in or about the start their final two years of study.

Included as standard


Airport transfers and in-country travel


Not included as standard



Travel Insurance

What to pack

Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in e.g (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top please contact the office or visit our online shop.

  • Practical / comfortable clothes to work in (eg. scrubs)
  • Wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions & over-the-counter medication (eg. Imodium, Paracetemol etc)

The project may be extremely short on certain supplies and would likely be very grateful for donations. Please get in touch with us to find out if there is anything in particular that would be helpful to bring with you. If you have any spare room in your bag on the outbound flight, it would be highly appreciated if you are able to bring some spare supplies to use during your trip. This is at your discretion and entirely optional.

Travel Insurance

It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work. We recommend Go Walkabout who offer tailor made travel insurance policies for WVS volunteers. Please note that fully paid members of WVS also receive a 10% discount on Go Walkabout policies.

Health & Vaccinations

This information should be used as a guide only. For up to date information on immunisations please consult your doctor. You will need to allow plenty of time before travelling for your immunisations to be effective. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. As you will be working with animals the Rabies and Tetanus vaccines are essential. We have provided links below to websites with useful information on immunisations and travel advice which we highly recommend that you visit.


​UK passport holders are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for further details: All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.