Pre vet / veterinarian wildlife, large and small animals – practical program in South Africa

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South Africa
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This program has been designed for students who are interested in veterinary medicine to explore a variety of fields; wildlife, large animal, and small animal elements are covered each week. Participants administer veterinary care to animals in disadvantaged communities, gain valuable hands-on experience with African wildlife, and practice advanced veterinary skills on large animal species. All levels of experience are welcome!

Participants gain most of their wildlife experience through game capture (the tranquilization of wild animals for treatment or relocation). Tasks include monitoring vitals, injecting medication, and physically transporting the animal. Through hands-on activities and supplementary lectures, participants are exposed to the following:

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The large animal component was designed from the recommendations and prerequisites of AVMA accredited veterinary institutions. Participants work with livestock under the supervision of our Program Vet; tasks include oral dosing, injecting vitamins and antibiotics, pregnancy testing, disbudding and dehorning, castrating, and performing clinical exams.

Participants gain valuable hands-on experience by providing free veterinary care to animals in disadvantaged communities. Tasks include applying flea & tick prevention, drawing and injecting subcutaneous mange treatment, administering deworming tablets, and providing basic veterinary first aid.

To get the most out of your stay, we recommend you to stay for 4 weeks.

You can start at the below dates:
27 February 06 March 13 March
20 March 27 March 03 April
10 April 17 April 24 April
01 May 08 May 15 May
19 June 26 June
03 July 10 July 17 July
24 July 31 July 07 August
14 August 21 August 28 August

The rates:
2 weeks $1,600
3 weeks $2,240
4 weeks $2,880
5 weeks $3,520
6 weeks $4,160
8 weeks $5,440

What’s Included?
• Safe and comfortable accommodation
• All meals
• Airport transfers
• Project-related transportation
• Wi-fi access
• Washing facilities
• Permits & entry fees
• 24/7 support from our on-site coordinators
• Orientation (including welcome packet with coupons for local establishments)
No prior experience is required to participate in this program, however most of our participants are interested in veterinary medicine, conservation biology, animal behavior, or zoology. Since this program is often included on applications for vet schools, jobs, and other internships, most of our participants are students with a pre-vet or biological sciences focus.
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