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Return to Work Surgical Courses at WVS Thailand

Based at the WVS Jeanne Marchig International Training Centre in Chaing Mai, this five day course is a new and innovative way for vets who have taken a career break to renew their surgical skills and practical applications in a supportive, friendly and beautiful environment.

Designed for the more mature veterinarian returning to surgical work and general practise after a gap in their careers, this course will enable participants to re-familiarise themselves with the practical procedures in soft tissue surgery and general day-to-day practise. Each course will host a maximum of eight participants to enable personalised support and small group tuition.

The emphasis is not to reeducate in a classroom environment but to support in a friendly and informal environment surrounded by colleagues who are all looking to return to general practise. 

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Dates include travel days. Participants will fly out to Chiang Mai on Saturday and then leave to return home the following Saturday.

Course days will focus on surgical practise, in particular bitch spays, and will run from Monday to Friday. There will also be opportunities to visit Chiang Mai and the local area, including the famous street night markets and temples. The evenings will be free for you to explore the area or make calls home. 

Accommodation will be close by to the centre offering comfortable rooms with evening meals served in a relaxed atmosphere which will give everyone the opportunity to discuss the day's activities and all they want to achieve in the coming week. Excellent wi-fi is available to allow you to keep in contact with loved ones at home. Members of WVS staff will be on hand to assist at all times and some will join for evening entertainment which will be arranged by our Thailand team.  

Day 1:

Morning briefing, introduction to the course and basic surgery refresher lectures followed by a surgical demonstration in the afternoon.

Day 2 - 4:

Two surgeries performed per day by each participant with 1-to-1 supervision and support from the experienced WVS vets. To conclude each day, participants will be asked to give feedback on their progress after performing surgery.

On Wednesday evening, there will be the opportunity to visit the night markets in Chiang Mai.

Day 5:

Morning surgery followed by a visit to Doi Suthep in the afternoon, a beautiful Thai temple located by the Doi Suthep mountain. A celebratory leaving dinner will be hosted in the evening for participants and the WVS team to chat about the week and any interesting topics. 



Warm and friendly hotel, Narittaya Resort, is close to the WVS training centre and will provide the accommodation for course participants during their stay.

Important Notes

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.

Trip dates

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Sat 2nd Mar 2019Sat 9th Mar 2019
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Benefits of volunteering with WVS

By volunteering with WVS you are making a huge difference to the lives of animals and communities around the world. You will also receive the following benefits:

  • Full logistics support from our UK office
  • 24/7 emergency support in partnership with Red24
  • 10% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
  • 10% discount on travel insurance from Go Walkabout
  • Vet
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Spaces available
Cost £1200 (includes accommodation, food and transfers)
+ Return flights to Chiang Mai (approx £600)

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