Humane Alliance: A Program of the ASPCA

Team Training Program

We offer training for medical teams who are currently working together in a mid- to high-volume spay/neuter environment. This training is designed for those who are looking to polish their skills, increase surgical capacity, and/or experience a valuable team-building week while trading tips and tricks with our clinic’s superb surgical staff. Your team will be in surgery each day with dedicated trainers.

Training runs Monday through Thursday year-round. Your team should consist of a maximum of four people: one veterinarian plus up to three medical support staff (veterinary technicians/veterinary assistants) or two veterinarians plus up to two medical support staff. Continuing Education Credits are available for vets and RVTs.

Training Fees

Veterinarian $1,500
Veterinary Technician $800
Veterinary Assistant $700

To apply to the program, please follow the steps below:

We offer training for medical teams who are currently working together in a mid- to high-volume spay/neuter environment. This training is designed for those who are looking to polish their skills, increase surgical capacity, and/or experience a valuable team-building week while trading tips and tricks with our clinic’s superb surgical staff. Your team will be in surgery each day with dedicated trainers.

Training runs Monday through Thursday year-round. Your team should consist of a maximum of four people: one veterinarian plus up to three medical support staff (veterinary technicians/veterinary assistants) or two veterinarians plus up to two medical support staff. Continuing Education Credits are available for vets and RVTs.

Training Fees

Veterinarian $1,500
Veterinary Technician $800
Veterinary Assistant $700

To apply to the program, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Submit Your Application

Please complete the Team Training Application Form and contact Aimee St. Arnaud at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. You will be contacted within five business days to discuss available dates.

Step 2: Confirm Training Dates

Once dates are confirmed, you will be sent an invoice with your training fees and information on your training.

Step 3: Make a Payment

Once your invoice has been received, please make payment for training within five business days (prices listed below are per week).

Please note that if you have to cancel your training, we will unfortunately not be able to refund your payment, though we may be able to reschedule you if enough notice has been given.

Step 4: Submit Required Documentation

Once dates are confirmed, please submit a signed copy of the following:

Step 5: Apply for Temporary State License (if applicable)

If appropriate, complete and submit the Application for 60-Day Temporary Permit Certificate at least 60 days prior to scheduled training. This should be sent to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. The application must also include:

  • $150 check or money order;
  • Passport photo taken within six months;
  • Transcript from college/school of veterinary medicine;
  • License verification from state where currently licensed;
  • Copy of your Social Security card.

Step 6: Prepare for Training

Before you arrive, please make sure you are familiar with the details of our program by reading the following: 

FAQs

How far in advance are you booking?

This varies, so please check with the Director of Programs who will discuss a timeline with you for training. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How often do you schedule training?

Our training program runs 50 weeks of the year.

I am licensed in the U.S. Do I need a temporary license?

Unless you are licensed in North Carolina, you will need to acquire a temporary North Carolina license to perform surgeries at our clinic.

Are you open during holidays?

We have no training on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, or Thanksgiving. We usually finish surgeries at noon the day before Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Will I receive Continuing Education Credits?

We are approved by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board to award continuing education credit (CEC). For each hour trained (excluding breaks) will earn 1 CE credit. Participants will typically train for 6-7 hours per day.

Participants are responsible for contacting their own state veterinary boards to verify that CECs obtained from this course are accepted, preferably prior to attendance. We are not responsible for providing any other documentation about our program that is not listed on our website.

We are not currently RACE-approved.

Do you provide accommodation?

Sorry, no. We only provide accommodation for participants of the Extern Training Program. However, we have secured great preferred rates with three Asheville hotels, but take a look around, as you may be able to find a better deal. There are also two great hostels in Asheville.

Is there anything I should prepare?

Sure. You could watch our surgical training videos and become familiar with our protocols here. You could also read our reference guide here, and our pre-arrival information here

What should I bring?

Please take a look at our pre-arrival information (arrival times, what to bring, accommodation recommendations)

Do I need a car?

Yes, getting off-campus and around Asheville is approximately 6 billion times easier with a car.

Can I start on a Tuesday?

Sorry, no. To keep the number of surgeries as high as possible, we only provide one orientation, which takes place on a Monday morning.