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. Our location in Portugal is particularly good for 1-2-1 support.
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. We usually recommend Portugal as the best location to give you support.
The Academy runs in 3 different locations: in Spain, the course takes place in the rescue centre Scooby, in Medina del Campo. In Portugal, the course takes place in our training Centre in Vila Franca de Xira, just outside of Lisbon. In Romania, the course takes place in the Center of Hope training center in Piteasca, outside of Bucharest.
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. You can do more surgeries in Romania, as this location focuses on back-to-back surgeries.
There are one, two or even more 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.
In Spain there is also a registered veterinary nurse to help with the anaesthetics.
During this course, you may be grouped in pairs with another vet of similar experience and you will take turns between being the surgeon and the anesthetist (Portugal and Spain). That means you will be performing surgery, but you will also be placing IV catheters, inducing anaesthesia, intubating patients, monitoring anaesthesia and more. However, in Romania you will only be doing surgery, so you won't be dealing with animals that are "awake" and you won't need to monitor any anesthetics, giving you more surgical time.
The fee for the 5-day course with accommodation and meals included is £2500 for Spain and for Portugal; and £2800 for Romania. This value can be paid in two instalments.
Spay Academy will organise accommodation for you at the Hotel Reina Isabel, in Medina del Campo, if you go to Spain. If you go to Portugal, we sort this out with the hotel DP Apartments. In Romania, accommodation is in a private bedroom on site. 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 Madrid (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal) or Bucharest (Romania).
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! ;)
Every location is different. We usually recommend Portugal for students and new graduates that have little surgical experience or want to do cats, as this is the only location where we do cat spays. We recommend Romania for vets that want cases, learning how to deal with complications or have specific struggles / "blocks" with the surgery. Finally, we recommend Spain for vets that want a low stress environment and good caseload but also want to get more experience with anaesthesia.