The South Africa Veterinary Experience gives participants exposure to hands-on wildlife veterinary work, animal and reserve management as well as preventative care techniques and practices.
Gain an insight into life on a Big 5 game reserve with sessions and activities that may include game capture, darting of animals for health and welfare checks, contraceptive procedures, predator anatomy, domestic animal treatment, game drives, walking safaris, rhino monitoring, anti-poaching patrols and much more. Plus, you’ll be on hand to assist and monitor any other veterinary activities which may arise during your stay, emergencies, necropsies, etc..
“I had a wonderful time in South Africa. The staff were so accommodating and welcoming, and the property was extremely well maintained. I enjoyed going out on the safaris at various times of the day, it was interesting to see the activity levels of different species change throughout the day/night. The staff were very knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions about species we had! The veterinary experience was also fantastic, and Dr Thys was happy for us to get hands on with different treatment and/or routine procedures. I was able to perform different procedures on reserve animals that I have done on domestic species, and realise the difference in factors I never really considered before; eg skin thickness/toughness, drug dosage etc. I absolutely loved going to the school and especially the Township tour !!!”
Mikayla, June 2023
This program is designed for students of veterinary science, vet nursing, animal science, zoology; for anyone working in any role within the veterinary industry (vet nurses, techs, assistants, admin staff, etc) or for anyone interested in a career in the industry. No experience or qualifications required.
Your base for the South Africa Veterinary Experience is a 6,000 hectare private Big 5 game reserve in the Eastern Cape province. The beautiful reserve is set in a mix of grasslands, fynbos, valley bushveld and sub-tropical vegetation which is home to a wide variety of African wildlife such as the Big Five (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and Cape buffalo) as well as cheetah, hippo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, impala, kudu, springbok, warthog, lynx, caracal, jackals, meerkat and a great diversity of birdlife.
Extend your stay by taking an exciting adventure tour linking South Africa with spectacular Victoria Falls via Botswana’s bucket-list destinations Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.