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Surgical Training Courses for Vet Students & Vet Graduates - Thailand 2019

An Introduction to the WVS International Training Centre, Chiang Mai

Our Thai ITC is a purpose built training centre situated in the Hang Dong area, just outside of Chiang Mai. This is a short journey from the International airport and yet is located in the countryside, in a semi-rural location.

The centre has amazing views over the countryside and you will benefit from the fabulous facilities, whilst being able to enjoy the culture of this fascinating area of Thailand with its WATS, temples and incredible points of interest.

The course will provide students with practical skills and confidence in performing soft tissue surgery.

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.

  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Location
  • Requirements
  • Notes


The Training centre courses run for a duration of 12 days, and runs from a Monday until Friday. Dates below include travel days.

80% of your time will be spent in the training centre surgery and 20 % in lectures and discussion groups on soft tissue proceedures.

Each day is subject to change, as the course progresses with every care and attention being given to your welfare and that of the animal.


You will be staying at our house in a gated community which is close to our training centre, this has the use of a swimming pool at very competitive prices.

All your meals will be prepared by staff hired by WVS and meals will be served at the house or the training centre.

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This is available for 4th and 5th year students and vets wishing to enhance their surgical skills.

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

DepartureReturnVetsVet NursesOther
Sat 3rd Aug 2019Sat 17th Aug 2019
Sat 31st Aug 2019Sat 14th Sep 2019
Sat 14th Sep 2019Sat 28th Sep 2019
Sat 5th Oct 2019Sat 19th Oct 2019
Sat 26th Oct 2019Sat 9th Nov 2019
Sat 16th Nov 2019Sat 30th Nov 2019
Sat 30th Nov 2019Sat 14th Dec 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
  • Other
Details 12
Spaces available
Cost £1025 (inc accommodation, food and transfers)
+ Flights (approx £550)
Details 12
Spaces available
Cost £1025 (inc. accommodation, food and transfers)
+ Flights (approx £550)
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Questions? Call us now:

+44 (0)1725 557225