Surgical Training Courses - Thailand 2021


Our Thai ITC is a purpose-built training centre situated in the Hang Dong area, just outside of Chiang Mai. This is a short journey from the International airport and yet is located in the countryside, in a semi-rural location.

The centre has amazing views over the surrounding landscape and you will benefit from the fabulous facilities, whilst being able to enjoy the culture of this fascinating area of Thailand with its temples and various points of interest, all whilst improving skills and helping animals in need.

The course will provide students and vet graduates with practical skills in performing soft tissue surgery, boosting technique and confidence. This course is suitable for vet students in their 4th year or above, recent graduates or vets looking to develop their surgical skills.

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.

What have others had to say?

"I learnt a huge amount on the course, everything from top tips on how to manage ovarian ligatures without three hands and the best way to deal with a maggot infested wound, to the techniques to use to estimate local dog or cat populations for a rabies control programme. But more than anything, the ITC course has given me the confidence to take the next step back into clinical practice. I can honestly say that I now can’t wait to get started and to practise my renewed surgical skills!"

" 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."

"If you are a vet student, graduate, or even a more qualified vet that wants to gain that experience to become a brilliant surgeon, by encountering those tricky surgeries under the great instruction of very experienced vets, then I cannot encourage you enough to go to WVS ITC Thailand. A huge benefit about doing this project, besides the surgery itself, is that you get to see the incredible work being done by WVS."

"I really feel I was able to make a difference to animal welfare and contribute to a positive veterinary learning experience for course participants."


12 days


Spaces available


£1,150 (inc. accommodation, food and transfers)

  • + Flights - approx £560
  • + Vaccinations


12 days


Spaces available


£1,150 (inc. accommodation, food and transfers)

  • + Flights - approx £560
  • + Vaccinations






Start date
End date

Any questions?

+44 1725 557225

The Training Centre courses run for a duration of 12 days, and runs from a Monday until Friday, including a day off in the middle weekend. The dates below include travel days.

80% of your time will be spent in the training centre performing surgery and 20 % in lectures and discussion groups on soft tissue proceedures.

Participants are requested to arrive the evening before the first day so that the programme can start in the morning of day one. During the practical sessions in the operation theatre, experienced WVS veterinarians are constantly present teaching and supervising the surgeries and anaesthesia monitoring.

Each day is subject to change, as the course progresses with every care and attention being given to your welfare and that of the animal.

You will be accommodated at the Thai ITC or a nearby location in dormitory-style rooms.

Included as standard

Accommodation & Airport Transfers

Not included as standard

International Flights, Meals, Travel Insurance, Vaccinations

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.