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STUDENT WILDLIFE VET PROGRAM

Turn your ‘Wildlife Vet Online’ course into a practical experience with this collaborative experience in South Africa.

If you’ve been searching online for wildlife vet opportunities to gain some in-person, practical experience, you may be restricted by the cost or quality of the options out there.

For this reason, we’ve collaborated with The Expedition Project and designed an exclusive package just for vets-in-training that is both affordable and of high quality. It’s built around our principles of collaboration, credibility and accessibility by connecting communities and exceptional projects and experts while not sacrificing on some of the fantastic food and accommodation that South Africa has to offer.


2021 dates

20 June – 4 July 2021 (subject to full subscription)

4 July – 18 July (subject to full subscription)

8 August – 22 August (subject to full subscription)


ARRIVAL

Sunday arrival (20th June, 4th July or 8th August) into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport where you will be collected by our team.

Contact us for details and coordinating flight arrivals and departures.


COSTS

Starting at £150 GBP / $200 USD / R3000 ZAR per day for 14 days.


YOUR EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

Selecting only 8 students per two weeks, the Wildlife Vet Experience will bring the Wildlife Vet Online course to life with a tour of projects and reserves, plus wildlife vet shadowing.

The Experience includes the following highlights:

Dr Peter Rogers and Dr Chris Boshof
Community Education Projects
Nourish Eco Village
Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage, Hoedspruit
Hoedspruit Endandered Speices Centre
Clinical EMS, Wildlife and Reserve Management
  • Inspiring project and reserve visits
  • Credible wildlife vets
  • Practical clinical EMS and AHEMS sign-offs
  • 24 hour support crew
  • Professional airport pick up and drop off
  • Complementing activities and conservation topics
  • Delicious South African food
  • Fantastic reserve accommodation

the itinerary

WEEK 1

WILDLIFE VET SHADOW AND RESERVE MANAGEMENT

Week focus – Shadow an experienced wildlife vet

Wildlife Vet – Dr Chris Boshoff

Week summary – Observe / participate in clinical procedures, observe darting / capture techniques, helicopter darting (optional add-on). We aim to include the following – Assist with rehabilitation, Human-wildlife conflict, anti-poaching, and conservation techniques, Husbandry skills – handling, Husbandry skills – observation, Husbandry skills – physical exam, Husbandry skills – reproduction, Husbandry skills – routine health care.

WEEK 2

HOEDSPRUIT ENDANGERED SPECIES CENTRE

Week focus  – Wildlife rehabilitation and cheetah breeding

Wildlife Vet – Dr Peter Rogers (when available). Read more here.

Week summary – Monitoring and care of Cheetah, Wild Dogs, White Rhino, Lion, African Wild Cats, Ground Hornbills, Sable Antelope and more, feeding and assisting with or observing veterinary activities, learning about cheetah breeding, learning about hospital equipment, feeding rhinos, lions and leopard. When possible – Vaccination of cheetahs, Lime Sulphur treatment of cheetahs, Treatment of antelope for internal and external parasites. More details here.


TOPICS

We aim to include and allow you to sign-off the below topics. Please note that when working with wildlife, wildlife vets and wildlife conservation there are times when ethics or circumstances do not always allow schedules to run according to plan.

CLINICAL EMS:

Observe / participate in clinical procedures
Observe darting / capture techniques
Helicopter darting (optional add-on)

HUSBANDRY SKILLS:

Wildlife handling
Wildlife observation
Wildlife physical exam
Wildlife and / or captive routine health care

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION:

Assist with wildlife rehabilitation
Human-wildlife conflict, anti-poaching, and conservation techniques

CONSERVATION IN THE COMMUNITY:

Wildlife education
Environmental conservation


ACCOMMODATION

Read more about your accommodation here. 


LOCAL AREA

Find out more about the Hoedspruit area here.


your support

Roger – Pre-departure
Aidan – Project Co-Ordinator
Terry-Lee – Resident Ecologist
Dr Peter Rogers BVSc – World Renowned Vet
HESC – Project Placement

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Look for updates on entry requirements here.

The best way to prepare for this experience is to take our Wildlife Vet Online course and read about our partners.