In a busy practice, it is common for surgeries to be completed by the most experienced vets, as this is the most time efficient, with best outcomes. This starts a cycle where inexperienced vets do not have the chance to improve.
Yes, this course is for veterinary graduates and final year veterinary students who want to develop their surgical skills and become confident with female neutering. If you are still not in your final year, you will need to wait a bit longer ;)
Absolutely! It's not unsual for us to have vets that have been working for several years but have never had the opportunity to develop their surgical skills. This course is especially for vets who have limited experience or struggle with their confidence doing spays.
The course takes place in the rescue centre Scooby, in Medina del Campo, which is a 2-hour drive from Madrid and can be reached via high speed train that takes 50 minutes from Madrid.
We don't want you to focus on the number of surgeries only (and we have methods to help you with this), but we have never had any surgeon perform less than 8 surgeries during the course. The record was 15 surgeries in 5 days!
There are two experienced tutors available to help you in any way that you need help - from showing you how to do it step-by-step to gowning up and holding things for you.
There is also a registered veterinary nurse to help with the anaesthetics.
During this course, you will be grouped in pairs with another vet of similar experience and you will take turns between being the surgeon and the anaesthetist. That means you will be performing surgery, but you will also be placing IV catheters, inducing anaesthesia, intubating patients, monitoring anaesthesia and more :)
The fee for the 5-day course with accommodation and meals included is £2000. This value can be paid in two instalments.
Spay Academy will organise accommodation for you at the Hotel Reina Isabel, in Medina del Campo. The cost of the accommodation is already included in the course fees.
Yes, we will offer you breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday. We will also accommodate your preferences and limitations.
We will help you organise your travel and provide you with information to comply with COVID-19 travel restrictions. However, you will have to make travel arrangements to arrive to Medina del Campo. We will be in charge of transporting you between the hotel and the rescue centre.
We only ask that you bring scrubs to wear during the course and also your own stethoscope if you want. And we advise you bring comfy shoes! ;)
The rescue centre has a hospital room with surgical tables and proper illumination. Instruments are fully sterilised for each procedure and all our patients receive an IV catheter, pre-medication with opioids and NSAIDs, intubation and maintenance with gas anaesthesia. We also place them on IV fluids.