Many students intending to apply for veterinary school use this program to get more veterinary experience hours, work with a wide range of species, gain some clinical skills, and indeed get a recommendation letter that outlines their experience so it will stand out on vet school applications. Students gain hands-on experience with small animals, farm animals, and wildlife. The goal of the program is to provide veterinary care to animals that would otherwise have none, as well as to provide students with hands-on field experience. All components (small animals, farm animals, and wildlife) are covered every week. The wildlife element is mainly game capture- the tranquilization and transportation of wild game, usually to serve a conservation purpose. Occasionally, an animal will be darted to check or treat an injury, take blood samples, or ear tag. Interns help to monitor vitals, inject medication, and physically transport the animal. The work with farm animals is focused on showing interns exactly what it means to be a vet. Interns shadow theProgramme Vet and assist in procedures that are specialised to maximize their experience; these procedures go above and beyond the experience that AVMA accredited vet schools expect to see on applications. The program strives to make the students exceptionally skilled in all aspects of veterinary medicine. The small animal component is run out of Wild Coast Veterinary Clinic- the goal is to create a smaller and healthier population of animals in the local villages by performing spays and neuters. They also focus on preventative measures against fleas and ticks, and administer manage injections and deworming tablets, as these are big problems in this area. The longer you can stay, the better as you will get to know the different species and procedures more in depth and with time more responsibility will be given to you. A minimum of 3 weeks is recommended. The 3 week minimum is to allow for fluctuations in availability for different programme activities. If your university offers an internship course, credit may be available. A reference letter is available on request but be aware, however, that the project currently does not have SAQA accreditation. Some universities are aligned with SAVC and registering in advance may allow you more advanced work during your stay.
Students are from a range of backgrounds and experience so everyone will receive the same training at the start of each task. You will usually perform the same task as other students, but some activities have advanced options for students with more experience.
There are costs involved when participating in this program that cover your accommodation, meals, airport transfers from East London to the project, Project-related transportation, Wi-fi access.
Duration 2020 fee
2 weeks $1,950
3 weeks $2,575
4 weeks $3,300
Visa fees (if required)
Season starts on March 2, 2020 and ends late November - start dates are any Monday