Are you and your fellow students/colleagues looking for the opportunity to work with wildlife vets out in Africa? Our Group Veterinary Project is the ideal placement for you! We have the ability to tailor each group experience to cater for the needs and requirement of each group, whether you are vet nurses, veterinary science students or budding vets of the future we can help organise the trip of a lifetime.
Working with our UK and South African wildlife teams we are able to tailor make veterinary based group expeditions at various locations throughout Southern Africa. So whether you are looking for group work experience or just the trip of a lifetime to end your studies we can work with your group to tailor a veterinary experience that is not only exciting but specific to your level of study.
Project Type: Wildlife Veterinary Science, Conservation Project, Extra Mural Studies.
Location: Various, South Africa.
Pick Up Point: Various.
Duration: 12 Days.
Start Dates: Course dates throughout the year
Accommodation: Purpose built volunteer accommodation situated on a Game Reserve.
Meals: Three meals per day included, semi participation.
Age Range: 16 Plus.
As each course is tailor-made, the content and activities can vary depending on the groups level of study and ability. All courses are focused around hands on wildlife veterinary work and you can expect to be involved with the following types of activities:
Introduction to Darting Techniques
The various darting techniques used for game capture and immobilisation; learning to handle the various darting systems and target practice.
Darting of Rhino
Accompany the conservation team as they dart and immobilise white rhino to perform ear notching for identification purposes and collection of DNA for research.
Immobilisation of large Carnivore
Work with the veterinary team to immobilise one of the large predator species on the reserve; learn respiratory monitoring and use of drugs.
Translocation of Antelope Species
Techniques used for mass capture and translocation of antelope species.
Passive Game Capture
Practical techniques on passive game capture of various species.
Conduct post mortems with veterinary staff for research and assessment.
Be the Vet
Here you will be required to put your skills learnt in immobilisation and game capture to the test as you head out on the reserve to manage the team and act as the wildlife vet to manage the procedure.
Any Emergency Veterinary Procedures
As required by the veterinary team on the reserve.
Conservation activities may include:
Game Monitoring: Rhino, Elephants, Predators
Through regular monitoring it is possible to identify individuals, gather information about the family structure and determine the feeding habits and special ecology of animals. All the data you collect will be used to assist in the managing decisions for the reserve.
Using telemetry tracking equipment you will monitor high profile animals such as cheetahs and leopards. This tracking is important both because of neighbouring properties carrying livestock and the elusive nature of these animals
As the key focus of the courses is on education we also included various lectures and talks with wildlife professionals. These can include:
There will also be opportunities to attend talks and presentations on the following:
– Introduction to Wildlife Conservation in SA.
– Rehabilitation of wildlife.
– Anaesthetics drugs in wildlife.
– Tranquilizers used in wildlife.
– Elephant management.
– Selected wildlife diseases.
– Intensive vs free-roaming wildlife.
– Wildlife Monitoring.
– Understanding the principles of Eco Systems.
– Animal Population Dynamics.
– Capture Techniques and relocation of wildlife.
– Use of Boma’s.
– Stress factors in handling and containment.
– Animal husbandry.
– Veterinarian’s role in conservation.
– Conservation of flagship species of Africa.
– Biomes of the Eastern Cape.
– Wildlife tracks and signs.
– Basic wildlife conservation, ecology and management principles.
– Facilities and drugs to reduce stress.
– Darting techniques.
– Animal welfare in relation to capture and containment.
– Hand-rearing of orphaned animals.
– Anti-poaching methods.
Whilst conducting your Group Veterinary Experience you will be based from a central location either on a Game Reserve or town close to where our wildlife vets are based. Due to the unpredictable nature of working with wildlife it is not uncommon for us to travel to reserves that are several hundred kilometres away, therefore nights staying away are also common.
Wherever you stay you will be hosted in clean, comfortable accommodation with shared bedrooms and amenities. We provide three meals per day whilst on project which will be prepared for you at the course base or possible semi-participation when travelling to other game reserves and farms.
Laundry services are provided once a week.
£200 deposit to secure placement at time of booking, final balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.
– Pre departure support and documentation.
– Programme fee and contribution.
– Return Transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport.
– Accommodation for duration of stay.
– Housekeeping costs.
– All transportation on project.
– 24 hour in country support.
– Laundry service once weekly.
– 3 meals per day, any additional snacks are to be provided by the learner.
– Access to tea, coffee and juice.
– Study Manual.
– Training, Theoretical lectures and practical training.
– Travel Insurance.
– Any vaccinations as recommended by your GP.
– Internet access.
– Soft drinks and snacks.
– Any visas required.
– Any additional activities outside of project itinerary.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to find out more about this incredible adventure and create some unforgettable memories, just fill in the form below and one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.