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Surgical Training for Vet Students & Vet Graduates - Goa 2018

We are pleased to announce the 2018 course dates at the Hicks International Training Centre in Goa where we will be offering ABC courses for newly graduated vets, veterinary students in their 3rd/4th or final year . Whether you are looking to enhance your surgical skills or refresh them this two week course will provide you with a practically focused experience in Northern Goa. 

Courses will run throughout the year in 2018

  • 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 surgical skills, students will additionally spend some time each week visiting our mobile surgical vehicle or a day with a community based programme.
  • Your two weeks will be based at the Hicks International Training Centre. 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 day off 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 £475 per week.
  • Participants from India, Bangladesh Nepal and Sri Lanka please apply to Dr Karlette in Goa e mail [email protected]

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.

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  • 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)


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Available to 4th or final year veterinary students or recently graduated vets

Important Notes


  • Accommodation, Airport transfers, 3 meals a day

Not Included

  • flights, travel insurancevaccines and visas

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

There are trip dates available throughout the year. Please speak to a member of the team on +44 (0)1725 557225.

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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:

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Spaces available
Cost £950
+ + Return flights from the UK approx (£500)
Details 12
Spaces available
Cost £950
+ + Return flights from the UK approx (£500)
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Questions? Call us now:

+44 (0)1725 557225