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Take part in a surgical training course at the WVS Hicks Centre in Goa

Surgical Training for Vet Students & Vet Graduates - Goa

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
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Location
  • Notes

Itinerary

  • 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)

Accommodation

Country India

Important Notes

Included

  • Accommodation, Airport transfers, 3 meals a day

Not Included

  • Return flight costs

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

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Mon 31st Jul 2017Fri 11th Aug 2017
Mon 14th Aug 2017Fri 25th Aug 2017
Mon 28th Aug 2017Fri 8th Sep 2017
Mon 11th Sep 2017Fri 22nd Sep 2017
Mon 25th Sep 2017Fri 6th Oct 2017
Mon 9th Oct 2017Fri 20th Oct 2017
Mon 23rd Oct 2017Fri 3rd Nov 2017
Mon 6th Nov 2017Fri 17th Nov 2017
Mon 20th Nov 2017Fri 1st Dec 2017
Mon 4th Dec 2017Fri 15th Dec 2017
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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. Our trips usually include a small admin fee which helps cover: 

  • Pick-ups and transfers
  • UK office support
  • 24/7 emergency support on the ground through Red24
  • 10% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
  • 10% discount on travel insurance from Go Walkabout
  • Vet
  • Vet Nurse
  • Other
Details 12 days
Spaces available
Cost £900 Course Fee Course (Includes Accommodation, Meals and Airport Transfers)
+ Return flights from the UK approx (£500) + £50 Admin Fee
Requirements
Only available for students in their 4th or final year at vet college or recently graduated vets
Details No spaces available
Requirements
Available to 4th or final year vet students or recently graduated vets
Details 12 days
Spaces available
Cost £900 Course Fee (Includes Accommodation, Meals and Airport Transfers)
+ Return flights from the UK approx (£500) + £ 50 Admin fee
Requirements
Available to 4th or final year veterinary students or recently graduated vets
Country India
Animals

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