Help the WVS India team at the International Training Centre to train international vet students and new graduates. Available all year round.
This volunteer position will be helping the ITC staff run surgical training courses for Indian and international vet students and new graduates.
2016 and 2017 course dates are now available.
Volunteers will be helping the ITC staff run courses which teach participants about the importance of surgical dog population control in India and practical skills in performing spay/neuter surgeries.
The ABC-surgery (Animal Birth Control) course includes practical surgery sessions in the operating theatre as well as lessons in the classroom. The focus of the course is in 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.
Courses commence on a Monday with health and safety briefing. Days will then be structured as follows:
- 08:00am daily rounds of kennels
- You will be asked to observe students administering pain relief and wound scoring
- 09:00am students to surgery
- You will be asked to observe and to ensure good practise by the student surgeons and require scrub into assist.
- Lunch served at the training centre
- Afternoons: Continuation of surgery and also lectures on surgical procedures you will be asked to talk about a subject that you specialise in or have knowledge of that the students will find interesting and stimulating, this would be required just once during your volunteering.
- Weekend free time: During the week end you will have the opportunity to explore the local area and see some of the amazing sites around Ooty. You might like to join one of our mass rabies vaccination drives which would give you the unique opportunity to see rural India.
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 WVS Centre is situated just outside the centre of Ooty, in the Tamil Nadu province of Southern India, which is known as the jewel of the hill stations. 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. The cool climate has drawn visitors to this area for rest and relaxation and the town itself still has an aire of its colonnial past. Ooty is worth visiting for a trip on the boating lake or a train ride on the toy train from which you can see the most amazing views.
A minimum of 5 years practising experience is required to teach at the ITC.
What to pack
Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in. WVS scrubs are provided. Wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings - a flleece or lightweight jacket are ideal. The training centre provide towels,surgical kits and instruments, but if you prefer to bring your own that is fine. WIFI is available but please remember this is India and it is not unusal to have power cuts.
- Practical / comfortable clothes to work in.
- Wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings - a flleece or lightweight jacket are ideal
- 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.
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
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: