ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance Veterinarian Training Program
We are proud to offer licensed veterinarians an educational, hands-on experience with safe, effective, and efficient spay/neuter procedures. Our program has gained popularity and recognition from veterinarians of all experience levels and backgrounds.
“The program was amazing! I learned invaluable skills and developed much more confidence in my surgical skills. I felt both supported and challenged the entire time I was there!”
The on-site Veterinarian Training program is currently suspended. We have not yet determined the date on which this program will resume. All updates will be posted on this page, so please check back intermittently.
- Fully licensed veterinarians in the U.S., Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories;
- Veterinarians currently working or actively volunteering in the high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter field. This may mean that you are employed by, or provide relief/per diem services to, a nonprofit or municipal shelter/clinic; or that you volunteer for community cat events, RAVS or other spay/neuter programs.
We will ask you to provide a letter of reference from the organization for which you provide services or volunteer. If you are unsure about your qualifications, please email us and we will be happy to discuss.
We only provide onsite 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. It should be noted that traveling around Asheville is much easier with a car. View Recommendations.
If you do not hold a North Carolina license, you will need to apply for a 60-Day Temporary Permit Certificate through the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board's website. 60 days prior to your arrival, you will receive an email from us with further instructions for applying. In the meantime, please keep in mind that you will need to submit the following supporting documents in addition to the online application. We recommend that you begin collecting this information ahead of time to prevent any processing delays:
- Application fee of $150;
- Transcript from college/school of veterinary medicine or copy of your diploma;
- License verification from state where currently licensed (letter of good standing);
- Copy of your Social Security card
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.
4 days (Monday-Thursday)