This internship was designed for students who have completed at least 1 year of a veterinary course. The internship structure is an equal mix of small animal, large animal, and wildlife aspects, as in the Vet Experience program, however, the Vet Student Internship has more advanced skills and procedures, a smaller group size, and a full-time, highly qualified mixed-practice South African vet. Vet Student interns work alongside the vet, seeing a wide range of species, working through clinical cases, and participating in focused discussion groups. This internship has a limited number of sessions but vet students are also welcome to join our Vet Experience program!
Learn about all the animals you'll be working with here.
Assisting at our non-profit small animal clinic (1-2 days per week)
Clinical exams, basic wound care, and treatment
Discussion Topics: in-depth clinical case discussion, aggression, tick-borne disease, TVTs
Cattle (beef & dairy): Pregnancy testing, dehorning, routine checks, wound care, treatment
Sheep & goats: Pregnancy scanning, tail docking & castrating lambs, routine checks, wound care, treatment
Pigs: Artificial insemination, tail docking (piglets), routine checks, wound care, treatment
Horses: Lameness exams, dental exams, routine checks, wound care, treatment
Discussion topics: in-depth clinical case discussion, abattoirs, disease control
Game Capture: Vet Students work closely with the wildlife vet and their capture team to locate, immobilize, transport, and release wildlife, a process also known as “Game Capture”. As with the Vet Experience Program, there will be at least 1 game capture per week but working in a smaller, more experienced group you can expect to be more hands-on and more involved in the clinical aspects.
Game counts & wildlife identification: Learn about land caring capacity and identify exotic species
Parasite control: Darting with parasiticides (firearm handling & safety training provided)
Discussion group topics: conservation, hunting, Five Freedoms
Typical Animal Experience Hours:
Animal Experience (hours/week): 30-40
Vet Experience (hours/week): 40-50
Clinical Experience (hours/week): 20-30
Surgical Experience* (hours/week): 0-10
Animal welfare is the most important factor to consider when allowing students to perform surgery- we cannot guarantee surgical experience in any session on any program, because welfare must be assessed in each case. The estimated number of student surgeries per week is based on past volunteer experiences, however, animal welfare conditions, student experience & confidence, weather, national holidays, and other variables may affect the availability of student surgeries.
Community Outreach (Large & Small Animal):
Cattle pregnancy testing & vitamin injections (Large Animal)
Reptile handling (Wildlife)
Non-Profit Small Animal Clinic (Small Animal)
Dart gun introduction & training
Game capture (wildlife)
Small Animal Spay Day (Small Animal)
6 Saturday & Sunday:
Vet Student Program dates
Session 1: 7 Feb 2022 - 28 Feb 2022
Session 2: 20 June 2022 - 11 July 2022
Session 3: 11 July 2022 - 1 Aug 2022
Session 4: 1 Aug 2022 - 22 Aug 2022
3-week session: $4200 USD
Including meals, accommodation, transfers on the project site, supervision
We do not offer any grants or scholarships.