Personalized Surgical Training

Our work continues, but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic we are currently not accepting participants for Personalized Surgical Training. Please check back later for new volunteer projects in the future.


World Vets offers a personalized surgical training experience for veterinary students, recently graduated veterinarians and/or veterinarians preparing for qualifying exams. The main intent of this training opportunity is to improve skill and competence that will allow participants to confidently, proficiently, and efficiently complete surgical and anesthetic procedures.

Through this personalized training opportunity, participants will be working alongside a World Vets team member. Prior to your arrival, World Vets will help tailor a program that will improve the skills you desire. World Vets will act as an advisor and instruct where necessary.

Training is provided in English and sessions have no more than 3 participants to ensure a personalized experience. Participants can expect to perform between 10-15 surgical procedures within this time frame.

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How much will it cost?

The 2020/2021 Personalized Surgical Training fee is $2000 USD/ session. Each session consists of 5 clinic days. The full amount will be due at the time of registration. Before you register, please ensure you do not have any scheduling conflicts that may impact your participation as program fees are non-refundable and/or non-transferrable to other trips and/or persons.

Participants will also be responsible for providing their own airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation to/from the clinic site each day for the duration of their session.

Training Session Schedule

Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year and may take place in a variety of different locations. Current offerings are taking place is CUSCO PERU.

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Personalized Surgical Training Testimonials

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.”