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Return to Work Surgical Courses at WVS Thailand

Based at the WVS Jeanne Marchig International Training Centre (ITC) in Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai), this programme is geared towards vets who have taken a career break and wish to refresh their surgical skills and operating confidence. 

This 7 day course has a practical focus, where up to eight participants enjoy the opportunity of re-familiarising themselves with soft tissue surgery in a friendly and supportive environment.

Our experienced WVS clinical team provide 1-1 practical support as well as small group tuition, the emphasis of which is to rebuild confidence free from the economic pressure of first opinion practice.

WVS is a charity focused on championing animal welfare. All the animals we treat or sterilise at our international training centres receive an incredibly high standard of care. The animals we help, are those that would otherwise have no access to veterinary assistance. 

Our programmes currently train over 700 vets each year and a recent paper  ( the work of WVS outlining the few short term complications in a low resource, high-volume dog sterilisation setting. 

Whilst many of our operations are under injectable anaesthesia, we take immense pride that our anaesthetic complications are comparable with those of a UK first opinion practice. 

All our courses are designed to inspire, support and encourage vets working in clinical practice – anywhere in the world.


£1,200 inclusive of all meals, in country transportation and accommodation but excludes alcoholic drinks and flights.

Applicants are also requested to become members of WVS for £40 which will provide them with insurance to work as a vet internationally on WVS projects.

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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.

Day 1– Arrive and familiarisation. 

Accommodation is walking distance to the centre. Comfortable rooms with evening meals served in a relaxed atmosphere enables delegates to unwind and relax during down time. Reliable wi-fi is available to allow participants to keep in contact with loved ones at home. 

Day 2- Morning briefing, introduction to the course and basic surgery refresher lectures followed by a surgical demonstration in the afternoon.

Days 3 – 5- Minimum 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. Course days will focus on bitch spays.

On Wednesday evening (Day 4), there will be the opportunity to visit the night markets in Chiang Mai.

Day 6- Morning surgeries followed by a visit to Doi Suthep in the afternoon, and a visit to a beautiful Thai temple making sure everyone experiences some of the spirituality Northern Thailand has to offer! A celebratory leaving dinner will be hosted in the evening for participants to chat about the week with the WVS team. 

Day 7– Depart for home.



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 14th Sep 2019Sat 21st Sep 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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+44 (0)1725 557225