Help the WVS India team at the International Training Centre to train international vet students and new graduates. Available all year round.
This volunteer position will be helping the ITC staff run surgical training courses for Indian and international vet students and new graduates.
Volunteers will be helping the ITC staff run courses which teach participants about the importance of surgical dog population control in India and practical skills in performing spay/neuter surgeries.
The ABC-surgery (Animal Birth Control) course includes practical surgery sessions in the operating theatre as well as lessons in the classroom. The focus of the course is in best recommended field practices that are relevant for the high volume ABC-clinics and programs in developing countries where huge stray dog population is a problem.
The ITC ABC-surgery course is a great opportunity to those wishing to gain more confidence in routine soft tissue surgery as well as for those who plan to work in ABC-programs or in other animal health, welfare & development programs in developing countries in the future.
All dates below include travel days.
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.
£50 (WVS admin fee)
£50 (WVS admin fee)
Courses commence on a Monday with health and safety briefing. Days will then be structured as follows:
Accomodation is provided by WVS, this will either be situated at the training centre itself or at a local small hotel which is a few short steps from the training centre. Our team provides three meals per day plus snacks at breaktimes.
A minimum of 5 years practising experience is required to teach at the ITC.
Accommodation & Airport Transfers
Flights, Meals, Travel Insurance, Vaccinations
Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in. WVS scrubs are provided. Wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings - a flleece or lightweight jacket are ideal. The training centre provide towels,surgical kits and instruments, but if you prefer to bring your own that is fine. WIFI is available but please remember this is India and it is not unusal to have power cuts.
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.
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.
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: www.fco.gov.uk. All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.