Our Spay/Neuter Clinic Mentorship - also known as the National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) - is a strategic training program that addresses the urgent need for a skilled and well-organized mentor to help guide other humane organizations in the self-sustaining operation of high-quality spay/neuter clinics.
We are committed to sharing information and best practices, and proud to have played a small part in what our 160+ mentored clinics have accomplished, creating a network of spay/neuter professionals who foster supportive ties that span the nation.
Are You Ready to Join Us?
With this subsidized ASPCA mentorship program, there is no cost to your organization. Your only expenses will be:
- Building purchase/lease funds
- Any necessary building renovations
- Reserve funds for your first year of opening
- Start-up equipment and consumables
- Travel expenses related to your team's visit to Asheville for training
Grants are available to help with equipment and travel (application required).
Apply for the Program
Step 1: Assess Your Eligibility
Before applying for the NSNRT program, please ensure that you have read and can guarantee our eligibility requirements. If you have any questions on whether you qualify, please email email@example.com.
Step 2: Complete the NSNRT Application
Once submitted, you will be contacted within 10 days to discuss whether the program is a good fit for your circumstances. At this time, we'll review next steps.
Step 3: Submit Additional Documents
Upon acceptance into the program, please submit the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Memorandum of Understanding
- Proof of nonprofit status (or FEIN number for municipal animal control)
- Financial statements (most recent 990 and/or P&L or balance sheet)
- Signed Veterinary Standards of Care document
- See our Budget Spreadsheet Guide for help
- Board of directors list
Step 4: Discuss Mentorship Outline
We'll discuss all of the steps, including floor plans, equipment lists, hiring staff and a timeline.
Step 5: Confirm Training Dates
Once your renovations are complete, your staff hired, and your equipment ordered, we'll set up a training time with you for your team to visit our training center in Asheville, NC.
Step 6: Apply For Temporary NC License
Two months prior to your scheduled training, you will be sent the name and details of your instructor. With this information, if not licensed in North Carolina, your veterinarian(s) will be able to complete the online application for the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board (NCVMB) 60-day temporary permit at: https://portal.ncvmb.org
The application requires:
- Creating a registration login on the NCVMB website;
- A credit card, check, or e-check payment of $150;
- A transcript from college/school of veterinary medicine;
- License verification from state where currently licensed;
- A copy of your social security card.
Once our instructor receives the request through this system, and approves your application, the NCVMB will process your application and send us your permit. You will also receive an email confirmation that your permit has been approved.
Step 7: Prepare For Training
Before you arrive, please:
- Complete and submit our Training Preparation Form.
- Familiarize your team with the details of our program by reading our Pre-arrival Information Sheet.
- You can also prepare for some of our training by viewing our online resources, which contains management and operational support.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Organizations that are part of the National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) are eligible for additional support and consultation once initial training is complete, through the following three programs:
1: Follow-up Training (Four Days)
Send a new member of your medical staff to attend training at ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance. They receive hands-on experience, as well as classes in anesthesia and CPR.
Cost: None, other than the cost of travel for your employee and obtaining NC temporary licenses for veterinarians.
Application Process: Complete our application
2: Phone Consultation
Schedule a phone consultation. Our program extends far beyond initial training. The NSNRT program director is always available for email or phone consultations to discuss any clinic issues you may be having.
Application Process: Please contact email@example.com.
3: Clinic Consultation (One-and-a-half Days)
Request an additional one-and-a-half-day visit. This consultation visit is designed to help you fine-tune your clinic, working on flow and any other issues that may have arisen during your first months of business. This follow-up visit is not intended to provide training for new staff members.
How to apply