We are proud to offer graduated veterinarians with limited spay/neuter experience an educational, hands-on experience with safe, effective and efficient spay/neuter procedures. Our program, based in Asheville, NC, has gained popularity and recognition from veterinarians of all experience levels and backgrounds.
Year-round scheduling, an instructor-to-student ratio of 1:2, and the availability of up to 26 continuing education credits all contribute to an invaluable program that is experienced by 300 veterinarians annually.
The program runs weekly from Monday to Thursday, and our program fee for holders of U.S. and Canadian licenses is $500 for one week or $1,000 for two weeks. Foreign graduates may also attend, and we train these participants with an instructor-to-student ratio of 1:1. As such, our program fee for foreign graduates is $1,000 for one week or $2,000 for two weeks.
If you would like to attend training with your medical team, our Spay/Neuter Surgical Team Training can provide that service.
Apply for the Program
Step 1: Submit Your Application
Please complete the Application Form and contact email@example.com with any questions. You will be contacted within five business days to discuss available dates. The application includes an agreement to the terms in our Memorandum of Understanding, which should be read ahead of time.
Step 2: Confirm Dates
Once dates are confirmed, you will be sent a pre-signed Application for 60-Day Temporary Permit Certificate to use if you do not have a North Carolina permit.
Step 3: Make a Payment
1 Week (U.S./Canada) $500.00 USD2 Weeks (U.S./Canada) $1,000.00 USD1 Week (Foreign Graduate) $1,000.00 USD2 Weeks (Foreign Graduate) $2,000.00 USD
Step 4: Apply for Temporary State License
If you do not hold a North Carolina license, complete and submit the provided Application for 60-Day Temporary Permit Certificate at least 60 days prior to scheduled training. This should be sent to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. The application must also include:
- $150 check or money order
- Passport photo taken within six months
- Transcript from college/school of veterinary medicine
- License verification from state where currently licensed
- Copy of your Social Security card
Step 5: Prepare For Training
Please make sure you are familiar with the details of our program by reading the following information before you arrive:
- Pre-arrival Information (arrival times, what to bring, accommodation recommendations)
- Humane Alliance Protocols (surgical technique videos, drug charts, etc.)
- Veterinarian Reference Guide (spay/neuter articles to digest)
- Asheville Recommendations (restaurants, bars, etc.)
How far in advance are you booking?
We currently are booking out approximately four months in advance.
How often do you schedule training?
Our training program runs 48 weeks of the year.
I'd like to bring my veterinary technician/assistant with me. Can I do that?
Not on this program, but our Spay/Neuter Surgical Team Training was designed for exactly that purpose.
I am licensed in the U.S. Do I need a temporary license?
Unless you are licensed in North Carolina, you will need to acquire a temporary North Carolina license to perform surgeries at our clinic.
Are you open during holidays?
We have no training on MLK Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, or Thanksgiving. We usually finish surgeries at noon the day before Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
Will I receive Continuing Education Credits?
We are approved by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to award continuing education credit (CEC). For each hour trained (excluding breaks) will earn 1 CE credit. Participants will typically train for 6-7 hours per day.
Participants are responsible for contacting their own state veterinary boards to verify that CECs obtained from this course are accepted, preferably prior to attendance. We are not responsible for providing any other documentation about our program that is not listed on our website.
Are you RACE-approved?
Not at the moment, no.
Do you provide accommodation?
Sorry, no. We only provide accommodation for participants of the Veterinary Student Externship. We have secured great preferred rates with some Asheville hotels, but take a look around, as you may be able to find a better deal. There are also two great hostels in Asheville.
I am not currently licensed in the U.S. or Canada. Can I attend training?
Yes, foreign graduates may attend our program, as long as they are fully licensed in their home country, and can secure a temporary North Carolina license. Foreign graduates receive one-on-one training with an instructor, so the fee is $1,000 for four days. As with all participants, foreign graduates may choose to attend the program for two consecutive weeks (Monday through Thursday).
I'm traveling from another country. Which visa do I need?
Given the constantly changing nature of immigration control, we do not give out visa advice. It is recommended that international participants contact their country's American embassy, to ensure they follow all the correct protocols. By request, we will be happy to provide participants with a formal document that stipulates they will not be receiving financial compensation for training with us.
Do you give refunds?
Sorry, no. However, if you provide us with enough time to find a replacement for you, we may be able to reschedule you for a fee of $50.
Is there anything I should prepare?
What should I bring?
Please take a look at our pre-arrival information (arrival times, what to bring, accommodation recommendations)
Do I need a car?
Yes, getting off-campus and around Asheville is much easier with a car.
Can I start on a Tuesday?
Sorry, no. To keep the number of surgeries as high as possible, we only provide one orientation, which takes place on a Monday morning. The exception to this is during Memorial Day and Labor Day weeks, when orientation takes place on Tuesdays.