Safari Vet training course

Veterinary Projects

Our most exciting and diverse work experience project; open to anyone with a passion for wildlife and medicine. This hands on project will have you in lectures, practicals and working in the African bush with wildlife vets and game capture teams. 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Live, breath and work on stunning Goedmoed Game Reserve

  • Learn about wildlife management in a range of species

  • Experience real veterinary wildlife cases

  • Get hands on working alongside the vet

  • Meet like minded friends from around the world

  • Enjoy a busy social schedule with campfires, ethical elephant interactions,  shark diving and game drives. 

Ever wondered what it is like to be a wildlife vet? Now is your chance to find out. You can expect an amazing 3 weeks in stunning South Africa, getting under the skin of the wildlife industry as few people ever have. You will have a life changing experience as you make friends from around the world and get elbow deep in real wildlife cases.The project is open to anyone, and all candidates will receive a quick interview before being accepted to the course. This project is ideal for vets, vet and nursing students and those who want an intimate experience in wildlife management and working with African animals. 

This project is not a ‘sit and watch’ affair. Under supervision, we give each student accountability for various aspects of the activities they witness during their stay. We believe that this allows you to develop confidence and excel not just in clinical skills, but in yourself as an individual and a team member. You can expect the following on your trip:

 

 

​​Theory:

 

To equip you with knowledge about the bush, animals and work you will be experiencing, we aim to develop your understanding in the following areas:

 

  • Working with wildlife and

  • Conservation in the 21st century 

  • Managing a game reserve

  • Drugs the vets use to immobilise and treat wildlife

  • Methods of darting and capturing wild animals

  • Common procedures and veterinary treatment for captive and free roaming wildlife

  • Zoonotic and infectious diseases

  • The structure of national parks, reserves and conservancies· First aid in the context of wildlife work.

After the initial  inductions, you will be out in the bush witnessing field work with wildlife. Generally you will be able to participate and assist with the following procedures, adding them to their portfolio of skills, whilst assisting with vital reserve management:

 

Non Clinical Skills:

  • Game tracking

  • Wildlife identification

  • Boma building for game capture

  • Game capture planning

  • Carrying out capture of antelope using net and plastic bomas, plus helicopters

  • Successful prey species release

  • Applying tracking devices to wildlife

 

Clinical Skills:

​• DNA sampling. Species could include antelope like Bontebok, Impala, Sable and Roan Antelope
• Zebra, impala and giraffe movement between game reserves
• Rhino de-horning to fight the illegal poaching trade
• Darting lions or elephants for medical treatment such as snare or fight wounds
• Immobilising buffalo and antelope to measure horn size for animals for sale
• TB testing in buffalo
• Microchip implant insertion for carnivores
• Fitting collars to animals that will be tracked for research
• Transmitter darting for animals in thick bush or at night
• Mineral and vitamin injections delivered by darting
• Deworming herbivores and other routine husbandry care, like hoof trimming and dipping

When we are not doing clinical work you will be able to enjoy living on a stunning game reserve, and visit local activities including ethical elephant interactions, bungee jumping, shark cage diving, horse riding and much more. 

DATES

Volunteers fly in and out of George Airport

2019

• Arrive 17 Mar – depart 07 Apr 2019   - VALENTINES 'LOVE WILDLIFE' SPECIAL- Save £775- INQUIRE BEFORE FEB 14th
• Arrive 12 May – depart 26 May 2019 (Fully booked)
• Arrive 17 Jun – depart 01 Jul 2019 (Fully booked)
• Arrive 07 Jul – depart 27 Jul 2019 (Fully booked)
• Arrive 01 Sep – depart 21 Sep 2019

COST

The 3 week project costs a total of 45,000 South African Rand, (approximately £2550)

We are running a Worldwide Vets Valentines 'Love Wildlife' Special for the course starting the 17th of March. Inquire before the 14th of February and join for 31,350 Rand (approximately £1775)

 

That is a saving of £775! Because we want to share the love this year!  

OUR PRICES INCLUDE:

 

  • Pre departure assistance with planning and flights from one of our destination specialists

  • Transfers to and from the airport

  • Project coordinator on the ground 24/7

  • All entry in to national parks and reserves

  • Ground transportation related to the project

  • All your meals

  • Shared accommodation

  • Laundry service

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

  • Medical and travel insurance

  • Flights to your chosen destination

  • Extra activities

JOIN US

If you want to get involved in this project and experience life in Africa, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss this project and how it can offer you an amazing and educational experience in one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. Send us an email, use the 'book now' button or the 'contact us' page. Remember to also check out the project brochure at the top of the page to find out more.

Project photos