Surgical Training Internship

Phuket, Thailand

Surgical Training Externship in Thailand

Students in their final year of vet school help manage the stray dog and cat population in Phuket and the surrounding islands by providing free sterilizations, vaccinations, treatments, and education about effective animal management and welfare. The vet staff at this clinic has received international training and support from the WSPA and the RSPCA.

USD per week


  • Pre-departure support
  • Clinic support


Not included:

  • Meals (approx. $50-100 USD per week)
  • Accommodation (approx. $150-200 USD per week)
  • Free-time activities
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)


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Arrival dates every Sunday

Limited to 2 students / week

Duration: 2-3 weeks


6 working days (Monday – Saturday) + 1 free day (Sunday)

Students may rotate between the boarding clinic, private vet practice, non-profit spay/neuter operations, and mobile clinic.

Daily Activities

  • Spay/neuter operations (ET intubation, IV catheter placement, anesthetic monitoring, surgical experience*, post-op recovery)
  • Consultations
  • Diagnostics (radiography, ultrasound, blood work, etc.)
  • Basic treatments
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Mobile clinic (frequent visits to remote villages that do not have access to veterinary services – onsite sterilization, vaccination, and basic treatments)



  • Animal Experience (hours/week): 30-40
  • Vet Experience (hours/week): 40-50
  • Clinical Experience (hours/week): 20-30
  • Surgical Experience* (hours/week): 20-30


*Animal welfare is the most important factor to consider when allowing students to perform surgery- we cannot guarantee surgical experience in any session on any program, because welfare must be assessed in each case. The estimated number of student surgeries per week is based on past volunteer experiences, however, animal welfare conditions, student experience & confidence, weather, national holidays, and other variables may affect the availability of student surgeries.


Free Time: Students have Sundays off to explore Phuket. Local activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, boat tours, zip-lining, quad biking, and A LOT of beaches!


Vet students (final year only), Vets


Small Animal


All year (closed mid-April)


Phuket, Thailand