Our Spay/Neuter Clinic Mentorship - also known as the National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) - is a strategic training program that addresses the urgent need for a skilled and well-organized mentor to help guide other humane organizations in the self-sustaining operation of high-quality spay/neuter clinics.
We are committed to sharing information and best practices, and proud to have played a small part in what our 150+ mentored clinics have accomplished, creating a network of spay/neuter professionals who foster supportive ties that span the nation.
Are You Ready to Join Us?
With this subsidized ASPCA mentorship program, there is no cost to your organization. Your only expenses will be:
- Building purchase/lease funds
- Any necessary building renovations
- Reserve funds for your first year of opening
- Start-up equipment and consumables
- Travel expenses related to your team's visit to Asheville for training
Grants are available to help with equipment and travel (application required).
Apply for the Program
Step 1: Assess Your Eligibility
Before applying for the NSNRT program, please ensure that you have read and can guarantee our eligibility requirements. If you have any questions on whether you qualify, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Complete the NSNRT Application
Once submitted, you will be contacted within 10 days to discuss whether the program is a good fit for your circumstances. At this time, we'll review next steps.
Step 3: Submit Additional Documents
Upon acceptance into the program, please submit the following documents to email@example.com:
- Memorandum of Understanding
- Proof of nonprofit status (or FEIN number for municipal animal control)
- Financial statements (most recent 990 and/or P&L or balance sheet)
- Signed Veterinary Standards of Care document
- See our Budget Spreadsheet Guide for help
- Board of directors list
Step 4: Discuss Mentorship Outline
We'll discuss all of the steps, including floor plans, equipment lists, hiring staff and a timeline.
Step 5: Confirm Training Dates
Once your renovations are complete, your staff hired, and your equipment ordered, we'll set up a training time with you for your team to visit our training center in Asheville, NC.
Step 6: Apply For Temporary NC License
If appropriate, have your veterinarian complete and submit the Application for 60-Day Temporary Permit Certificate at least 60 days prior to your scheduled training. We will provide you with a pre-signed document that is specific to our organization, and should be sent to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. The application must also include:
- $150 check or money order
- A passport photo taken within six months
- Transcript from college/school of veterinary medicine
- License verification from state where currently licensed
- Copy of Social Security Card
Step 7: Prepare For Training
Before you arrive, please:
- Complete and submit our Training Preparation Form.
- Familiarize your team with the details of our program by reading our Pre-Arrival Information Sheet.
- You can also prepare for some of our training by viewing our E-Learning content, which contains management and operational support.
Organizations that are part of the National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) are eligible for additional support and consultation once initial training is complete, through the following three programs:
1: Follow-up Training (Four Days)
Send a new member of your medical staff to attend training at Humane Alliance. They receive hands-on experience, as well as classes in anesthesia and CPR.
Cost: None, other than the cost of travel for your employee and obtaining NC temporary licenses for veterinarians.
Application Process: Complete our application
2: Phone Consultation
Schedule a phone consultation. Our program extends far beyond initial training. The NSNRT program director is always available for email or phone consultations to discuss any clinic issues you may be having.
Application Process: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
3: Clinic Consultation (One-and-a-half Days)
Request an additional one-and-a-half-day visit within six months of your initial Asheville training. This consultation visit is designed to help you fine-tune your clinic, working on flow and any other issues that may have arisen during your first months of business. This follow-up visit is not intended to provide training for new staff members.
How to apply
How far in advance are you booking?
This varies, so please check with us to discuss a timeline with you for training. Contact email@example.com.
How often do you schedule training?
Our training program runs 48 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 MLK Day, 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 one 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 Veterinary Student Externship. However, we have secured great preferred rates with some 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?
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 much 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.