Veterinary Training Program

Welcome to SNPLA’s Veterinary Training Program!  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. 

Program Goals

  • To introduce veterinary professionals (surgeons, nurses, etc) to the principles and methods of HQHVSN.
  • 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 veterinary wellness, animal shelter medicine and animal welfare.

Veterinarian Trainee Requirements

  • California veterinary license (in good standing)
  • Personal professional veterinary liability insurance
  • Interest in HQHVSN surgery and non-profit veterinary wellness is strongly encouraged

Program Schedule

Currently, 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 up to four consecutive weekdays. The training program does not operate on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays.

Note: The VTP schedule is made months in advance; we ask that you plan ahead and commit to your training days. As of now, there are no fees set for the program. Also, we unfortunately do not yet offer AAVSB RACE CE but are seeking approval!

Contact Us


Forms and Documents

Program Application

Program Syllabus for Veterinarians

Veterinarian Training Guide

Veterinary Nurse Skills Checklist (*coming soon)

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