Vet tech and pre-clinical experience courses - Goa, India 2020


A unique opportunity to experience the day to day working of our busy clinic in Goa.

Join the team as they help animals from all over this most picturesque state.

You will learn non-surgical procedures and your days will be full from start to finish you will find this course not only informative but rewarding.

Our team of vets and vet nurses will guide you through the day to day procedures and will always be on hand to answer questions and pass on vital tips and information.

You will be based at the WVS Hicks International Training Centre which is set in a secluded and peaceful part of Goa near the village of Assago.

Please note that accomodation is at the Hicks International Centre and is on a shared room basis single rooms are available on request at a premium to the course fee and are not onsite.

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.

You must be over 18 to take part in this course.




Spaces available


£700 includes transfers, food and accommodation

  • + Return Flights to Goa (approximately £500)




Spaces available


£700 includes transfers, food and accommodation

  • + Return Flights (approximately £500)






Start date
End date

Any questions?

+44 1725 557225

Timings 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, Saturdays 9am - 1pm

WEEK 1 - Clinics and Kennels

- Treatment of inpatients in the kennels and cattery (includes wound dressings, bandaging, suture removal, skin treatments, follow-up medications for antibiotics and pain, chemotherapy, X rays, etc.)

- Assisting the Vet at the HIcks Animal Care Clinic during opening hours 10am - 2pm (includes general consultation, medical treatments, IV infusions, deworming, tick and flea treatments, vaccinations, nutrition advice, triage, etc.)

- Assisting at the Foster Care and Adoption Centre (includes health checks, socialization, nutrition advice, vaccination advice, etc.)

WEEK 2 - Surgical Assistance

- Preparing for surgery (includes autoclaving, instrument sets, folding drapes and mops, etc.)

- Prepare the patients for surgery (including handling animals, sedation, measuring body weight, muzzling, IV infusions, catheters, endotracheal tubes, auscultation, TPRs, shaving, scrubbing the surgical site, etc.)


- Other opportunities include responding to a rescue call, visiting the adoption camp, visiting the rural outreach Mobile Vet Clinic, assist in post mortems, assist in vaccination drives, etc.

- All participants must have their ARV vaccinations up to date

- Lectures include - Animal Welfare and Humane Dog Population Control, Rabies, Antibiotic Resistance, etc.

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.