Humane Alliance: A Program of the ASPCA

Extern Training Overview

Our Extern Training Program is a two-week (40 hours/week) program designed to deliver spay/neuter surgical instruction, and offer students a behind-the-scenes, hands-on look into the world of sheltering and community medicine.

The program excels in its surgical instruction and practice, with seven out of the program’s ten days involving some amount of surgery. Because of the fluctuating nature of our business, the exact curriculum moves according to patient/case availability, however, dependent on each student’s ability, most students have historically performed between 15 and 30 surgeries in the two-week period.

Although no stipends are awarded for these positions, dorm-style housing is provided on the premises in Asheville for only $100 per training. Rooms, consisting of four beds (two bunks), are unisex.