About the CPMW training centre

Our CPMW training centre in Portugal for charity vets and volunteers from around the world, is run on principles of sustainability to:

  1. Provide a residential training resource for Portugal's growing TNR movement, working closely with Portuguese NGOs and municipalities.
  2. Also provide a resource for volunteers and vets from associations in other countries whom we are working with directly or who we wish to support in a practical way, but where it is not feasible for us to travel
  3. Provide the opportunity for experienced vets, technicians, and volunteers to develop their own expertise as trainers

Our principles:

  1. We never charge delegates to attend.
  2. It's targeted at countries where animal welfare is developing
  3. It's aimed at charity vets who will use the experience to improve animal welfare, rather than vet students from developed countries
  4. Trapping, and understanding of community issues and stakeholder engagement are regarded as equally important as veterinary surgery and all veterinary and trapping delegates will be exposed to this area of work
  5. It's equipped to a good standard and safe for trainers and delegates and cats - you wont have to handle aggressive cats directly!
  6. Application onto courses from delegates must come via an established animal welfare group, to ensure that the centre benefits animal welfare.
  7. Delegates produce an action plan to pay back in kind the opportunity, either to the association that nominated them.

We also look for those who also have public speaking, teaching, facilitator, rescue and shelter-medicine experience, and an interest in the wider animal welfare field. Second language skills are important too. 

Finally, while many people use volunteering as an opportunity to visit many countries, we are seeking those who wish to make a firm commitment to one location and through their familiarity with the town, its people and its animals, to watch it (and themselves) grow in experience and understanding over subsequent years - far more meaningful than the brief snapshot you would get in multiple project volunteering, so please don't apply if you are project-hopping.

If you are interested, please check the vacancies page for course dates and return the application.

It's clean, safe and practical. The design is modular, the cat equipment is totally hands-free and there is enough of it, the drugs and materials are in date and it's well-lit and has good op tables and facilities.


It's of low stress to the cats because we have good equipment and we know how to use it. It's totally sterile so we don't put cats at risk by sloppy or reckless protocols. And it's both theory and practical, and not just veterinary focused - we give delegates an insight into trapping, planning, public awareness and working together.