This unique wildlife veterinary course allows you to experience adrenaline filled veterinary procedures on some of Africa’s iconic species. Witness and be a part of conservation in action as you assist a skilled and experienced veterinarian with wildlife capture, animal translocation, wildlife anaesthesia as well as a variety of other veterinary procedures. No two days are ever the same on this exhilarating course as the wildlife casualties and clinical work cannot be predicted. One day you may be carrying out routine health inspections on a herd of wildebeest and the next you may be fitting a satellite tracking collar to an elephant or lion. The 13 day hands-on course is supplemented with lectures on a variety of subjects, including; pharmacology, physiology and pathology. You will also be exposed to conservation topics such as rhino poaching and wildlife management principles.
If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, you will also get the opportunity to simulate your darting skills, both from the ground and from a helicopter. Furthermore, you will also have the opportunity to visit some world-renowned rehabilitation centres, the famous Kruger National Park and a day trip through the scenic Panorama Route, through the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.
We welcome all veterinarians, veterinary students and those studying for degrees in the wildlife and biological sciences fields.
The course really is an all-action, adrenaline-filled experience. Program participants shadow wildlife vets as they go about their daily work, so nothing is set up, it’s all real life ER work and one must prepare for the unexpected. A day can start out with fairly routine appointments and can end up being called out to an emergency such as a wounded animal or perhaps a rhino that has been involved in an attempted poaching incident. With this in mind, it is difficult for us to outline a set itinerary as the day’s plans can change in the blink of an eye.
Feedback from previous students who have completed the course emphasise how important the experience has been in helping them focus on a specific direction when qualified. Wildlife veterinary is a unique line of work and being part of it on ground level is life changing!
The course tackles many of the conservation challenges we are faced with, educating you on the important role you as vet will play in the direct survival to many of the species found across the globe.
The program is also filled with some exciting excursions so that course participants can explore a little bit of the South African lowveld too. We visit some local wildlife rehabilitation and conservation centres, spend a day in Kruger National Park and enjoy a day taking in the beautiful sights of the Drakensberg Mountains and Blyde River Canyon (the third largest canyon in the world).
Furthermore, we teach our students how to safely work with a dart gun. We practice with empty darts at a static target and then step things up by doing some target shooting with a paintball gun out of a helicopter. It’s really not that easy but a lot of fun and a chance to see a little piece of the South African lowveld from the sky.
One day of the program is dedicated to working with crocodiles and at least one day dedicated to community outreach – dipping cattle in the morning and administering rabies vaccines to dogs and cats in the afternoon (these days have proved to be so popular with students that they have become a fixed part of the itinerary). Additionally, there will still be the usual wildlife veterinary work including; chemical immobilisation, game capture, general herd health assessment, routine procedures (e.g. weaning, ear tagging, micro-chipping, horn measurements etc.), parasite control (e.g. dipping, de-worming, faecal egg counts) as well as the opportunity to participate in procedures like animal restraint, catheter placement, monitoring, administration of drugs, small surgery etc.
> Transfers to/from Kruger Mpumalanga International airport
> Transfers to all set operations, parks and rehabs
> Entrances at set parks and rehabs
> Course notes
The price excludes the following:
> Personal travel / medical Insurance
> Alcoholic drinks
> Personal gifts
> Any visa costs
We are fortunate to be supported by some great camp staff who aim to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. Three meals per day are provided. You definitely won’t go hungry! In the evenings, everyone sits together for a warm, freshly prepared meal and then it’s time for a chat around the camp fire to revel in the day’s events.
We cater for a number of specialised dietary requirements. Please just be sure to let us know before you arrive so that we can ensure there is a good variety of food for you.
Accommodation is mixed sex, en-suite chalets that sleep a maximum of 5 persons each.
Laundry services are available.
Dates and Costs (2018)
20th May – 2nd June
8th July – 21st uly
22nd July – 4th August
Price for 2018: $3300.00
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