The WVS International Training Centre in Ooty, India is running Animal Birth Control (ABC courses for newly graduated vets, veterinary students in their final two years training as well as qualified and experienced vet nurses. This course will provide you with essential hands-on surgical experience
Launched in September 2010, our International Training Centre in Southern India, primarily provides veterinary training courses for animal welfare charities and veterinary workers living in India.
However, every year, the ITC (International Training Centre) in India, runs surgical training courses to recent vet graduates and veterinary students (whom are in their final 2 years of training) to attend a specially designed course to suit international participants. This course is also open to qualified veterinary nurses who are looking to develop their practical skills.
Course participants will learn about the importance of surgical dog population control in India and gain practical skills in performing spay and neuter surgeries. The ABC-surgery (Animal Birth Control) course includes practical surgery sessions in the operating theatre as well as theoretical lessons in the classroom.
The focus of the course is best practice techniques 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.
Full supervision from experienced vets will ensure that students have the backup and support needed to make the most of this unique learning experience.
Participants should take practical and comfortable clothes to work in e.g. (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top, please contact the WVS UK office. We also recommend that you take wet weather gear as well as ensuring that you have warm clothing for the evenings. Towels, surgical kit and instruments are all provided at the ITC.
For Participants who reside in The republic of India or Nepal please make your booking by contacting Ilona Otter on Ilona@wvs.org.uk
The training centre courses start on Mondays with induction and health and safety briefing. The days are then structured as follows:
- Morning rounds are at 8:00am
- Surgery commencing 8:30am to 9:00am
- Lunch has varied time depending on surgery
- Afternoons repeat surgery
- Early evenings we have lecutures on various treatments and specialist discussions.
Weekends you have a chance to explore the surrounding area or take part in a rural vaccination drive with the WVS team. This is an ideal opportunity to see parts India often not seen by visitors to this amazing sub continent.
Accomodation will be at our training centre and this is a dorm based arrangement with participants sharing the accomodation
Food is prepared by a member of our local staff it is vegitarian and harty Indian food that is basically curry based dishes
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
- Bug spray
- Ear plugs and eye mask
- 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.
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.
- www.fco.gov.uk - Website of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for travel advice generally and specifically by Country.
- www.lonelyplanet.com - For help travel advice
- www.nathnac.org - Useful information on immunisations required for travel
- www.mdtravelhealth.com - Helpful travel advice website, updated daily.
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.
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