We are pleased to announce the opening of the Hicks International Training Centre in Goa where we will offering ABC courses for newly graduated vets, veterinary students in their 3rd/4th or final year and it will be open to qualified and experienced vet nurses. Whether you are looking to enhance your surgical skills or refresh them this two course will provide you with a practically focused experience in Northern Goa.
Launching in January 2017 these courses will run throughout the year in two week blocks. The first course is scheduled to commence the 16th January 2017.
- Based in Assagao, North Goa, students will arrive on a Sunday to begin their training Monday morning. With a focus on practical surgical techniques alongside some small group lectures incorporating the strategic implementation of One Health programmes, students will benefit from a hands on experience geared to enhance veterinary education.
- Aside from learning aspects of shelter medicine, students will additionally spend one day each week out with the dog catching teams - always a highlight and can be a welcomed break from a day of surgical training.
- Your two weeks will be split between the Hicks International Training Centre and our Northern Goa field clinic. Each course can facilitate 4 international students and costs include all accommodation, food, training and transportation within Goa (including pick up/ drop off at the airport).
- The weekend break will enable you to experience a diving safari, a trip to old Goa as well as some chill out time on the famous Goan beaches.
- Finishing on the second Friday, you will be awarded your training certificates and be able to return on the Saturday morning fired up, energised and confident in some of the key skills you will have learnt. Costs - including everything except insurance and flights, total £450 per week.
- Participants from India, Bangladesh Nepal and Sri Lanka please apply to Dr Karllette in Goa e mail Karlette@wvs.org.uk
- Arriving on Sunday. The course will run from Monday to Friday
- You will spend 4 days of a week at the Hicks International Training Centre where you will be focused on enhanceing your surgical skills with 1 day spent with the Mission Rabies dog catching team.
- The second week will consist of 4 days based at the outreach clinic and focusing on shelter medicine with 1 day working alongside the Mission Rabies dog catching and education team
- Weekends are at your leisure - You may wish to embark on a trip to the beach and Old Goa or perhaps a diving excursion (to be arranged independently)
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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