Course conduct

Accommodation conduct:  Wifi (if provided) is prioritized to ICC staff who need it for course use, and similarly, use electricity and water sparingly – check with colleagues before filling a hot bath in the morning. You'll need to clean and tidy up and replace what you use. Keep noise to minimum both for other delegates and also neighbours and remember these are the homes of the people teaching you or supporting you. You need a 2-pin European plug adaptor for the accommodation and clinic.

Taking equipment home: ICC does not operate an equipment-donating programme, but on some courses we do offer delegates from outside the EU who have shown a high degree of commitment and who are running programmes which are progressive and weel executed, the opportunity to take an item of equipment home free of charge (if available). The choice of item is ours and we expect photographs of it in use within 30 days of the course. You will need to to tell us your return flight’s luggage weight allowance is, how many items you are allowed to carry, and what weight you have spare. Packing the items is your responsibility – we suggest that you bring a squashy bag (not a suitcase) for clothes as this can be fitted into a trap to make ONE piece of luggage.

Follow-up: We do not issue course certificates till around 60 days after the course and these are emailed to you as PDF documents. We only issue these when you have submitted a 800-1000 word report on the course and what you will do with the information you have learned (we will edit the document so don’t worry about the English being perfect), and sent at least one photo of yourself back home in action working with street cats (and, if you have been given equipment,  a photo of the equipment in use).

Dress code for field delegates (trapping): Trousers (not skirts or shorts) and ICC CED/TNR t-shirt (worn over clothes in winter).  Sturdy shoes which cover the foot and are suitable for walking on rough ground.  No clothing bearing logos of other charities or animal-related companies. You will be asked to cover excessive tattoos and to remove any hanging piercings. Long hair will need to be tied back.

Dress code for vets & techs: Scrub tops (wearing the plastic aprons provided, and changing these twice per operating session) and full length trousers. Shoes should enclose the foot (no sandals or flip-flops) and hair must be tied back. Fingernails trimmed short and no nail varnish. Piercings should be removed. No clothing bearing logos of other charities or animal-related companies.

Conduct

  • Arrive on time to the course and be at the location you need to be each day as instructed, on time.
  • Reply to emails – we are very busy so if you don’t reply promptly, we’ll cancel your attendance as we don’t have the time to chase people!
  • Communication is normally by email only, as our staff organsing the course are usually not in a position to take phone calls. In particular, Ian is not based at the main office so calling that number will not get hold of him!
  • Be accepting of others’ race, culture, religion, sexuality/gender, and their beliefs and opinions.
  • Understand that clinical decisions about animals remain with the course leaders, and ultimately, with the Head of Operations in consultation with ICC’s Veterinary Director.
  • In particular, expect to see early neutering, pregnant spaying, and euthanasia – if uncomfortable with these, we recommend you do not attend the course.
  • Do not use equipment or supplies of the municipal parts of the centre without permission.
  • If there are impounded animals in the centre (dogs or cats) do not open kennels, feed these animals, interfere with paperwork, or attempt to walk dogs. In particular if a dog is impounded please do not make your presence known to the dog or carry out any activity that may result in the dog barking or making other noise later to seek attention. If this happens, sound carries in the centre and it may affect our ability to anaesthetize cats and also affect the cats’ welfare. The centre is in a facility which we have to share with the municipality, most dogs are moved away in the time we are there, but sometimes dangerous or restricted breeds have to stay on site.
  • While on the course you are representatives of ourselves, the municipality and the local charity. Please do not publicise any other organisation or collect or solicit donations or support from organisations other than those incurring a cost for you to be there.
  • Take a responsible attitude to drinking.
  • Do not trap or collect cats from locations other than those tasked to you, and do not offer neutering services at the clinic for owned cats without speaking to Ian first.
  • Shelter visit: we do not normally carry out a shelter visit and it is unlikely that the time will be available for this nor will there be transportation.

Conduct – additional note: Increasingly delegates are asking us during the course to travel to their country and provide neutering support and training. Please understand that we cannot do this for every delegate. Our attention is focused on our core projects and especially on the training centre. This has enabled you, as a delegate, to enjoy 8 days quality training in a well-equipped environment. We cannot replicate our training centre in other countries, but we can offer future training places to your colleagues. Your reliability in communication, conduct on the course, and the work you carry out, will determine any decision we might make in future to offer further assistance to your association.Please do not put the ICC staff and volunteers, who have worked so hard to support your training, in an uncomfortable position by asking for help in this way.  Similarly if there are course trainers volunteering with us who happen to also work for an animal organisation, again, do not put them in an uncomfortable position by asking them for help.

Final note: If you have a mobile phone you will not be allowed to take calls during training sessions. Switch the phone to silent and make arrangements before you travel on how you will collect messages. Phones much be switched to silent in the clinic and while trapping is taking place. No radio or music is allowed in the clinic as street cats are unused to this and it terrifies them. That also extends to ipods with earphones!.