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Surgical Training Courses - Ooty, India 2020

Our International Training Centre in Ooty, India is running Animal Birth Control (ABC) courses for veterinary students in their final two years of training, recent graduates and vets looking to further develop their skills. 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 and veterinary workers living in India. 

However, every year, the ITC (International Training Centre) runs surgical training courses specifically for recent vet graduates and veterinary students from across the globe. This specially designed course is perfect for international participants looking to gain hands-on 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 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 programmes in developing countries, where huge stray dog population is a problem. The ITC ABC-surgery course is a great opportunity for those wishing to gain more confidence in routine soft tissue surgery, as well as for those who plan to work in ABC-programmes or in other animal health, welfare & development programmes 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 as it can be cold in Ooty and the hills of Tamil Nadu. Surgical kit and instruments are all provided at the ITC.

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.

All dates below include travel days.

Participants from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka please contact Mrs Nibi Antony in Ooty by e mail nibi.wvs@gmail.com

 

What have others had to say?

"I've never been in such a supportive, friendly atmosphere when performing surgery at any point in my veterinary medicine degree. I felt comfortable to perform tasks not only with supervision but also with the confidence to act on what I had learnt in my time there – a huge moment for me! No undergraduate gets that much practical experience whilst in college so it’s an amazing opportunity to perform surgery in a safe environment."

"Before attending the course I had scrubbed into several surgeries and performed castrations but had never performed a bitch spay start to finish - by the end of two weeks I was confidently performing bitch spays unassisted and the time taken for me to carry out the operations dramatically improved too. The supervisors were really friendly, patient and supportive and were willing to scrub in with me for as long as I required."

"I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in my surgical and personal growth. I didn’t come here wanting to be the best but sometimes you aren’t sure how you will respond to a brand new high intensity environment. Will you get help? Will there be someone to help explain clearly and carefully? The ITC did that and more! I will definitely be making an effort to come back one day!"

  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Location
  • Requirements
  • Notes

Itinerary

The training centre courses start on Mondays with induction and a 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.

Accommodation

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 vegetarian and hearty Indian food that is mainly curry based dishes.

Country India

Requirements

Vet students must be in or about the start their final two years of study. 

Important Notes

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers and in-country travel
  • Food

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance

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.

Visas

​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.

Trip dates

DepartureReturnVetsVet NursesOther
Sat 4th Jan 2020Sat 18th Jan 2020
Sat 18th Jan 2020Sat 1st Feb 2020
Sat 1st Feb 2020Sat 15th Feb 2020
Sat 14th Mar 2020Sat 28th Mar 2020
Sat 25th Apr 2020Sat 9th May 2020
Sat 20th Jun 2020Sat 4th Jul 2020
Sat 25th Jul 2020Sat 8th Aug 2020
Sat 8th Aug 2020Sat 22nd Aug 2020
Sat 5th Sep 2020Sat 19th Sep 2020
Sat 28th Nov 2020Sat 12th Dec 2020
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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 £1100
+ Flights + Vaccinations
Details 12
Spaces available
Cost £1100
+ Flights + Vaccinations
Country India
Animals

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