We offer training for surgical teams who are currently working together in a mid- to high-volume spay/neuter environment. This program is designed for those who are looking to polish their skills, increase surgical capacity and/or experience a valuable team-building week while trading tips and tricks with our clinic’s superb surgical staff. The team is in surgery each day with dedicated trainers.
Training runs Monday through Thursday year-round. Your team should consist of a maximum of four people: one veterinarian plus up to three medical support staff (veterinary technicians/veterinary assistants) or two veterinarians plus up to two medical support staff.
As of January 2019, this program is approved by the AAVSB RACE and NYSED to offer a total of 29.0 Continuing Education Credits for veterinarians and 30.50 for veterinary technicians.
Apply for the Program
Step 1: Submit Your Application
Please complete the Spay/Neuter Surgical Team Training Application Form and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. You will be contacted within five business days to discuss available dates.
Step 2: Confirm Training Dates
Once dates are confirmed, you will be sent an invoice with your training fees and information on your training.
Step 3: Make a Payment
Once your invoice has been received, please make payment for training within five business days (prices listed below are per week).
Please note that if you have to cancel your training, we will not be able to refund your payment, though we may be able to reschedule you if enough notice has been given.
Step 4: Submit Required Documentation
Once dates are confirmed, please submit a signed copy of the following:
Step 5: Apply for Temporary NC State 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 6: Prepare for Training
Please make sure you are familiar with the details of our program by reading the following information before arrival:
Pre-arrival Information (arrival times, what to bring, accommodation recommendations)
ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance Protocols (surgical technique videos, drug charts, etc.)
How far in advance are you booking?
This varies, so please check with us to discuss a potential timeline for your training. Contact email@example.com.
How often do you schedule training?
Our training program runs 50 weeks of the year.
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.
We are not currently RACE-approved.
Do you provide accommodation?
Sorry, no. We only provide accommodation for participants of the Veterinary Student Externship. However, 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.
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.