The WVS International Training Centre in India is running ABC courses for newly graduated vets, veterinary students and 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 India, primarily provides courses for animal welfare charities and veterinary workers living in India.
For 5 courses every year, the ITC opens it's doors to vet graduates and 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 wanting to develop their 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 recommended field practices 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 you have the backup and support you need to make the most of this 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 recommend wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings.
Towels, Surgical kit and instruments are all provided at the training centre.
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 is provided by WVS, this will either be situated at the training centre itself or at a local small hotel which is a few short steps from the training centre. Our team provides three meals per day plus snacks at breaktimes.
The ITC is based in Ooty, in the Tamil Nadu province of Southern India. At 2,286m above sea level, it has a very different climate to the surrounding areas and as such is well known as one of the top tourist destinations for Indian citizens. From July to September, you can expect temperature ranging from an average of 20 to 30 degrees.
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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Benefits of volunteering with WVS
WVS is a registered UK charity with a dedicated team to support you before you travel and during your trip. There are many benefits to joining a WVS team and these include: