Training Programs

PLEASE NOTE: Due to ongoing violent civil unrest that started in April 2018, all Nicaragua-based programs are currently suspended until further notice.


1) Latin America Veterinary Training Center

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEquipped with modern equipment such as central oxygen, pulse oximeters and fluid pumps, this center is a year round teaching facility that provides high quality instruction in surgical techniques and safe anesthesia. Throughout the year, the center, located in Granada, Nicaragua, is dedicated to training Latin American veterinarians and upper level veterinary students.

All surgeries are performed on community animals that are in need of sterilization.These much needed spay/neuter services as well as any additional medical treatments that may be needed for patient are provided completely free of charge to pet owners and the community. Although a training facility, strict attention is also paid to patient safety, comfort and appropriate pain management.  Read more about our work here. See WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE

2) International Veterinary Medicine Program

World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) Program is designed for veterinary, pre-veterinary and technician students who wish to gain clinical and practical experience and be immersed into international veterinary medicine.  Students will receive hands-on instruction in a wide variety of clinical and surgical activities and participate in various field operations such as community outreach, data collection and much more.

World Vets staff including US and Nicaraguan (bi-lingual) veterinarians provide the instruction in addition to leadership for the program. This program also provides volunteer opportunities for licensed veterinarians as well as licensed veterinary technicians in the capacity of instructor at the surgical training center.

Please note: World Vets International Veterinary Medicine program is taught in English. For safety purposes, students must have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to participate. Students not fluent in English may contact us for alternative training opportunities that may better accommodate their language skills at See the FACEBOOK PAGE

More IVM Information

3) Internship Program for Pre-Vet & Vet Tech Students

World Vets is now offering student internships at our Latin America Veterinary Training Center located in Granada, Nicaragua.This internship opportunity is specifically geared towards pre-vet and/or vet tech students as there is no surgical component involved for participants. Interns work with and receive instruction from World Vets training center staff and serve an auxiliary role in clinic activities.  Read more

4) Personalized Surgical Training Experience

World Vets offers a Personalized Surgical Training experience for veterinary students, recently graduated veterinarians and/or veterinarians preparing for qualifying exams. These training sessions are scheduled throughout the year at our Latin America Veterinary Training Center, which is located in Granada, Nicaragua.

Through the Personalized Training Opportunity, you would be working alongside World Vets Field Service Veterinarian & Veterinary Director of the Training Center, Dr. Steven Kruzeniski. Prior to your arrival, Dr. Steve will help tailor a program that will improve the skills you desire. Dr. Steve is there to act as an advisor and to instruct where necessary. The main intent of the program is to improve skill and competence to allow you to confidently, proficiently, and efficiently complete surgical and anesthetic procedures.

Participants are responsible for getting themselves to and from Nicaragua as well as to the training center each day for clinic, in addition to their lodging while in Granada, and meals. Although, we can aid in giving recommendations on transportation, accommodations and the best places to eat in the city.  The fee associated with this opportunity is $2000 USD per session/week. These sessions have no more than 2 participants to ensure a personalized experience and run Monday through Friday, consisting of five full clinic days. Participants can expect to perform between 10-15 surgical procedures within this time frame.

Personalized Surgical Training Testimonials

Dr. Isamaria B, USA – “Dr. Kruzeniski was very professional and helpful.  This program gives you the opportunity to perform a good amount of surgeries and exceeded my expectations. 10/10.”

Dr. Sara Petras, USA – “I participated in the Surgical Skills practice in Nicaragua in preparation for my CPE.  I gained more from it than I had expected! Not only were the doctors extremely willing to help me learn and perfect my skills but I made new friends from around the world and contributed to a good cause at the same time.  I would not trade the experience for the world and have already recommended the course to others!  I look forward to going back to help World Vets again in the future!”

Dr. B.C., Canada – “My previous surgical training in veterinary school focused mostly on theoretical principles and observing instructors perform surgery whereas this program entirely provided hands-on surgical experience.  It teaches one to apply theoretical knowledge to perform surgeries as would be expected in routine veterinary practice.  The training was specifically tailored according to my proficiency, comfort level and the requirements for the clinical proficiency exam.  Further, I liked how the program was structured for one-on-one instructions and included orientation + end-of-the-day reviews.  This training not only made me comfortable performing feline and canine spays but also provided an assessment of the areas I need to work on to become more efficient.  I liked the fact that the program encouraged me to work independently while making sure adequate guidance was provided when I needed it or where the instructor felt I needed to improve.  My instructor was always at arm’s length when I needed assistance.  His instructions/feedback were very clear, he was quick to assess my level of comfort performing surgeries and able to modify the case load/program.  He made great effort to prepare me for the clinical proficiency exam and also made sure I enjoyed the training.  Dr. Steve is an excellent teacher and a great person to work with.”

Dr. Mary McDowell, Canada – “The training experience suited my needs exactly.  For me, the low stress environment was probably the most important aspect.  I really enjoyed having the opportunity to upgrade my surgical skills where our services were really needed, and truly made a difference.”