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Veterinary Training Project

Welcome to CAMP’s Veterinary Training Project! 

We are excited to offer our veterinary community the opportunity to come train with us in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) surgical and clinical techniques.  We recognize the need for our colleagues to have these types of professional experiences in order to build confidence and feel competent in the surgery suite.


Veterinarian shortages are profoundly impacting California’s most vulnerable animals. As a result, shelters are becoming overcrowded, illnesses are rising, and adoptable animals are being euthanized. More than 344,000 California shelter animals lack access to veterinary staff and 78% of shelters are unable to consistently provide low-cost spay/neuter and other surrender-prevention resources. 

Veterinary surgical team conducting spay neuter surgery
Program Goals
  • To introduce veterinary professionals (surgeons, nurses, etc) to the principles and methods of HQHVSN and community medicine.

  • To give veterinarians a range of spay/neuter surgical procedures and ample “table time” to practice the repetition needed to build a strong surgical skillset.

  • To provide veterinary nurses and final year nurse students the opportunity to practice hands-on HQHVSN clinical techniques one-on-one with our experienced staff.

  • To encourage our veterinary community to seek out professional opportunities in HQHVSN surgery, non-profit community medicine, animal shelter medicine and animal welfare.

Veterinarian Training Requirements
  • California veterinary license (in good standing)

  • Personal professional veterinary liability insurance

  • Interest in HQHVSN surgery and non-profit community medicine is strongly encouraged

  • Pay program fee - Please inquire if financial aid is needed. Assistance with tuition and travel is available!

Program Schedule

Surgeons are scheduled on weekdays as program availability allows.  Please complete the application linked below and make sure to give specific days of the week you are available and will commit for training.  We are willing to work with trainees to provide a recurring weekly surgery day or consecutive weekdays.  The training program does not operate on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays.  Please know that the VTP training spots are limited and the schedule is made months in advance; we ask that you plan ahead and commit to your training days.

CE Credit and Fees

The CAMP Veterinary Training Project’s course “Surgical and Clinical Techniques in High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter Surgery” consists of a 4-day block of training sessions working one-on-one or two-on-one with our veterinary surgeon instructor and earns up to 20 hours of approved AAVSB RACE CE for a fee of $1600.* Please inquire if financial aid is needed. California grants are available for vets working or interested in working for the non-profit sector!

How to Enroll

Please submit an application and a member of our team will get right back to you. Please do not pay the fee until your training dates are confirmed.

PLEASE NOTE - There are no refunds once you start the course and we will work to make sure all trainees complete the initial 4 training sessions.  Any cancellation of a training session less than 7 days in advance will incur a $50 rescheduling fee; training sessions cancelled more than a week away will not incur a rescheduling fee.  Please, try not to cancel sessions since we book far in advance and spots are very limited.

Form & Document Links

Password protected for participants:


Click the link to make your $1600* payment

If you work in, or plan to work in the nonprofit/shelter sector, please inquire about available scholarships

Contact Us


Coming Soon

  • Veterinary Nurse Skills Checklist

  • Volunteer/Trainee Waiver (to be signed by all trainees at clinic)

* $1600 is the new ratethat goes into effect for all applications received starting February 1, 2024.

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