Program: Spay & Neuter Surgical Instruction and Training Course

Location: Navajo Nation, The Four Corners, USA

Session Dates:
• 20th to 22nd May, 2022
• 17th to 19th June, 2022
• 15th to 17th July, 2022
• 19th to 21st August, 2022

***Each session accommodates a maximum of 10 participants.

Who’s it For:
Veterinary students, and licensed veterinarians, who are interested in improving their spay technique. This program is designed to provide veterinary students (at all levels of study) the opportunity to gain spay and neuter skills. Additionally it also offers guidance to licensed veterinarians who would like to improve their spay and neuter techniques, and their surgical time.

About The Program:
Pawesome’s Four Corners Navajo Nation Spay Clinic is a 3 day program that offers an intense two day surgical training course. Our program is twofold – it provides much needed veterinary care to perhaps some of the most in need areas of the USA, and it offers veterinary students, and licensed veterinarians, the opportunity to enhance their spay and neuter techniques, and their surgical times. The program is set to provide veterinary aid to some 500+ dogs and cats living on Navajo Land in the four corners – AZ, NM, UT, CO. We provide basic veterinary treatments needed to make the life of each of our patients a little more comfortable including; sterilization, core vaccine, rabies vaccine, flea & tick spot on, and a worming treatment.

The program offers four session dates, and each date is limited to ten applicants. During the two days of training the ten applicants become five pairs and are supported side by side by Pawesome’s veterinarians who are skilled in high volume spay and neuter techniques, and assisted by their amazing veterinary technicians. Each program applicant will have ample opportunity to participate (gloved in) for all spay and neuter procedures.
For this program we partner with The Parker Project, who will work separately, but alongside of us. Their team has been providing high volume spay & neuter, and other veterinary services to the Navajo Nation of the Four Corners throughout the COVID pandemic.

Pawesome’s veterinarians will assess each applicant’s skill level prior to beginning any surgical procedure. All surgeries are performed on community animals that require sterilization. Members of the local community own most of the patients, but homeless cats and dogs are also considered for sterilization. Patient care and patient needs are always our top priority. All surgeries are performed under gas anesthesia.

Trip Highlights:
• Two days of spay and neuter surgery
• Learn high volume spay and neuter techniques
• Receive 1 on 1 surgical instruction by Pawesome’s veterinarians
• Help communities in need
• Gain valuable surgical experience and hours

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1 (Friday): Arrive at the Phoenix Airport for Pick up and transfer to reservation location.
Day 2 (Saturday): Spay and Neuter 8am to 4pm
Day 3 (Sunday): Spay and Neuter 8am to 4pm
Note: This program ends Sunday evening after the spay clinic. We will depart the reservation about 5pm and our transport vehicle will take us back to Phoenix. The journey will likely take about five hours. It is strongly recommended to make arrangements to spend Sunday night in Phoenix and travel home the following day.

What’s Included:
• Friday dinner, 3 meals Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Meals provided are plant based and prepared by local restaurants. Additional
dietary requirements may be accommodated upon request.
• All snacks and drinks during the work day.
• Hotel Accommodation (twin occupancy – so you will share with another applicant)
• Transport to/from airport (your flight will need to arrive/depart within a specified time)
• All work related transport
• 24 hour support by your Pawesome team leader throughout the trip
• Pre-departure support by phone/email by a Pawesome team member
• Flight booking support
• Work book of logged hours and completed skills (if applicable)
• Go Pawesome scrub top and scrub cap

What’s not Included:
• Airfare – if you live locally and do not require a flight please discuss your meeting location options during your application process.
• Personal spending money

Program Fee: $1,195 USD
Pawesome does not operate with any grants or outside funding. All of our funding comes directly from our program fees that trainees pay to participant. Your program fee makes this project possible. Your fee covers the costs associated with your training (such as the staff and the equipment), the expenses Pawesome incurs to accommodate you while on location with us (food/hotel/transport etc), and most importantly, it also covers all of the veterinary costs to care for the animals we serve.

This program is now full. Applicants may still apply and will go on a wait list incase of cancellations.