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.
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. Each group takes a maximum of 10 participants, so book early to secure your spot.
You can expect to 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.
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 with a week or more of conservation volunteering or choose from two exciting adventure tours linking South Africa with spectacular Victoria Falls, via either world-famous Kruger National Park or Botswana’s bucket-list destinations Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Or head to Cape Town via The Garden Route