Working Equine Health and Welfare Training Course Ooty India 2019


WVS India was established in 2010 to improve animal health and welfare through veterinary skills development, inspiration and advice. Since the establishment, WVS India ITC has become known as a centre of excellence in providing high-quality surgical training courses for veterinarians. WVS India team has also conducted regular street clinics for working equines, especially donkeys, in Southern India and the results of this work clearly shows what a significant improvement the clinics have done for the life of the working donkeys. We have also seen how young veterinarians can benefit from attending these clinics to get more experience and understanding about working equines and their health and welfare needs. It is from this background that we are now developing a new training course concept with support from WTG and The Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust, to be based at the WVS ITC in Ooty.

The objectives of the training programme are:

  • To provide the horses and ponies on Ooty streets with regular veterinary service
  • To provide the owners of these horses with support and advice in concepts of first aid, good husbandry practices and animal welfare
  • To bring together various influential members of the Ooty community to work together for improved street horse welfare
  • To bring together the municipality and the streethorse owners to identify and agree on common safe grazing grounds, registration of the horses and owners and ultimately enforce the responsible ownership towards the street horses
  • To provide young veterinary professionals with hands-on skills and understanding about the various issues affecting working equine health and welfare, especially in India
  • To provide people working in Indian animal shelters with skills and understanding about horses and their welfare requirements
  • To support the care of the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys at the IPAN Hill View Farm Animal Refuge and to provide the participants with a holistic picture of the working equine welfare situation and what can be done.

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.




Spaces available


£600 to include accommodation, food and transfers
+ Return flights + Vaccinations




Spaces available


£600 to include accommodation, food and transfers
+ Return flights. + Vaccinations






Start date
End date

Any questions?

+44 1725 557225


Arrive in the WVS ITC in Ooty


Welcome and introduction including a health and safety briefing at the WVS ITC

Lecture: Working equine welfare


Field practical: Tetanus and deworming street clinic, treatments as needed

Lecture: Equine emergencies (rescue situations, colic, wounds)

Lecture: Gastro-intestinal parasites in horses


Lecture: Lameness diagnostics, local anesthetic blocks

Field practical: Lameness testing, local blocks

Community session to meet with horse owners for discussion about welfare, rest / water and first aid


Lecture: Field anesthesia, castration technique

Field practical: Castration if available / other treatments


Lecture/demo: Teeth and hooves

Field practical: Rasping and farriering

Transport to the IPAN animal refuge at the Hill View Farm


Rescued donkey/horse deworming/tetanus vaccination/ teeth/hooves

Grooming and handling of rescued ponies/horses

Dinner by the fireplace outside, informal talks about working equine welfare in India

Alternative activities: village rabies vaccination drive / disabled children riding/animal therapy, any farm animal emergencies in the village


Swim and lunch at Jungle hut

Taxi to Bangalore airport


Fly home

The participants will be accommodated either in the dormitories of the WVS ITC or alternatively in a separate ITC house that is within walking distance from the WVS ITC. Food will be provided either at the WVS ITC or in Ooty town during the field practicals and community sessions. During the weekend at the Hill View Farm, participants will stay in two simple guestrooms that each accommodate 4. Food will be provided at the farm or in a local restaurant. Jungle Inn is a popular resort in the next village and will provide a relaxing last morning by the pool and with good buffet lunch before participants leave to the airport.


Accommodation & Airport Transfers

Not Included

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. If you would like to take advantage of the bespoke travel insurance included with WVS membership, become a member here.

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.