Veterinarian Training Program
We are proud to offer veterinarians an educational, hands-on experience that exposes them to safe, effective, and efficient spay/neuter procedures. Our program, based in beautiful 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 upto 26 continuing education credits, all contribute to an invaluable program that is experienced by 300 veterinarians annually.
The 4-day 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 Team Training Program can provide that service.
To apply to the program, please follow the steps below:
The application includes an agreement to the terms in our Memorandum of Understanding, which should be read ahead of time.
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 an NC permit.
Once dates are confirmed, please make payment within five business days.
Please note that if you have to cancel your training, we will unfortunately not be able to refund your payment, though we may be able to reschedule you if enough notice has been given.
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.
How far in advance are you booking?
We currently are booking out approximately 4 months in advance.
How often do you schedule training?
Our training program runs 50 weeks of the year.
I'd like to bring my tech/assistant with me. Can I do that?
Not on this program, but our Team Training Program 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 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 Extern Training Program.
So, where should I stay?
We have secured great preferred rates with three 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?
Sure. You could watch our surgical training videos and become familiar with our protocols here. You could also read our syllabus here, reference guide here, and our pre-arrival information here.
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 approximately 6 billion times 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.