Help the WVS Thailand team at the International Training Centre In Chiang Mai 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 Thai and International vet students and new graduates.
2017 dates are now available.
Volunteers will be helping the ITC staff run courses which teach participants about the importance of surgical dog population control and animal welfare in Thailand 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.
Volunteer vets and vet nurses will need to have a minimum experience of 5 years in general practise and be able to demonstrate skillfully how to perform surgery and be able to assist students with their soft tissue surgical cases.
The International Training Centre is based on the outskirts of Chiang Mai and is perfectly located for you to explore Thailand with its hussle and bussle of town life or the gentle and calm countryside with its paddy fields and acient temples.
Accomodation is provided at our own property close to the training centre and meals are included.
You will be staying at our house in a gated community which is close to our training centre, this has the use of a swimming pool at very competitive prices,
All your meals will be prepared by staff hired by WVS and meals will be served at the house or the training centre.
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.
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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