Personalized Surgical Training | 2020

Feb 24-28, 2020
  • Trip Type:
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Training

World Vets offers a personalized surgical training experience. 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.

This opportunity is best suited for;

  • Those preparing for the ECFVG and/or CPE Exam
  • Experienced veterinarians looking to get spay/neuter experience
  • Recently graduated veterinarians
  • Foreign veterinary graduates

How much will it cost?

The 2020 Personalized Surgical Training (PST) fee is US$2000/ session. Each session consists of five 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.

Please note: Participants will 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. World Vets provides all the veterinary supplies and equipment as needed. 

What will I be doing?

As part of this personalized training opportunity, participants will work alongside World Vets Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Steven Kruzeniski. Prior to your arrival, Dr. Steve will help tailor a program that will improve the skills you desire. Furthermore, he is there to act as an advisor and to instruct where necessary.

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

Training Session Schedule

Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year and current offerings take place in PISAC, PERU on the following dates:

  • Session #1: February 24 – 28, 2020
  • Session #2: March 23 – 27, 2020
  • Session #3: April 6 – 10, 2020
  • Session #4: April 13 – 17, 2020
  • Session #5: May 4 – 8, 2020

A few special notes:

  • Patient care and comfort has always been and remains our number one priority.
  • Participants are responsible for obtaining any travel documentation required of them to enter/exit Peru (i.e. a passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from the initial date of your departure, visa if applicable).
  • Participants are responsible for obtaining any health requirements and/or precautions (i.e. vaccinations) prior to departure and its associated cost. World Vets is not able to provide medical advice. Participants are encouraged to consult with their family physician, nearest travel clinic and/or center for disease control regarding recommended immunizations and/or health precautions prior to the trip. We require all volunteers to have some form of health insurance.
  • We understand that sometimes unexpected things can happen to stop a volunteer being able to participate in a project. For that reason, we highly recommend that you obtain some form of insurance for your trip. World Vets has a partnership with Global Rescue. A membership with Global Rescue provides volunteers with medical evacuation & advisory services. You must read the policy wording to ensure the policy is a fit for your needs. World Vets project fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (to another person or to another project).  We encourage volunteers to make sure the dates of our projects do not conflict with any prior engagements before signing up.
  • The gloves provided as part of this program are made with latex. If you have a latex allergy, you will need to supply your own gloves for this program.
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to sign up and participate on this program
  • Please read and make sure you understand World Vets Terms & Conditions.

World Vets is not liable for lost and/or stolen items 

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.”


Each session consists of five clinic days, and sessions run from Monday – Friday. As such, we recommend the following itinerary for prospective participants;

Day 1 (Saturday): Travel / Arrival

Participants should book themselves to fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport located in Cusco, Peru. Airport Code: CUZ. 

*Please note that all 2020 PST sessions will take place in PISAC, which is a beautiful town located approximately 45 minutes from the city of Cusco

Day 2 (Sunday): Rest, Leisure and/or Acclimatization 

Participants may spend the day as they wish

Days 3 – 7 (Monday – Friday): Clinic / Surgical Training 

Surgical training sessions will take place at a field clinic facility; start and end times may vary.

Day 8 (Saturday): Travel / Departure

Participants depart and/or start their own independent travel

Participants may also extend their stay to receive additional surgical training. If you wish to remain for a second week, please note that an additional fee will be due.  



Each participant will be responsible for making their own lodging arrangements and covering its subsequent cost. Nevertheless, World Vets can offer suggestions for nearby hotels where participants may stay.

General Packing List

*This packing list is geared towards our regular field service opportunities to tropical destinations


  • Shoes (Keen, Teva, tennis shoes, anything comfortable, preferably washable and w/ covered toes)
  • T-shirts/Short sleeved shirts
  • Shorts (shorts are ok for surgery)
  • Scrub Pants (optional)
  • World Vets scrub top
  • Swimsuit
  • Light Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Bandana/hat
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Headlamp (Highly recommended for vets and students, optional but recommended for others)
  • Camera (w/ extra batteries and memory card)
  • Daypack or tote
  • Travel Alarm
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  •  Shampoo
  • Prescription medications
  • Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Imodium, cold meds etc)
  • Comb/brush
  • Soap
  • Band-Aids
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Beach Towel
  • Ear Plugs
  • Flip Flops/Shower shoes
  • Small travel flashlight
  • Laptop (most destinations have WiFi although not very reliable)

Air Mattress (If applicable)

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