Wildlife, Veterinary & Conservation.

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Wildlife, Veterinary & Conservation.

from £1,595
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: South Africa
Gain hands-on veterinary experience with wild animals on a Game Reserve in northern South Africa! You’ll shadow the vet and you’ll learn an unbelievable amount!

Wildlife, Veterinary & Conservation.

On this placement you'll have the opportunity to accompany the vet and help him on his wide range of different duties. You'll be exposed to many different experiences as the vet will mainly work on wildlife on two main reserves, but also on other reserves throughout the Province.

What will I be doing?

You'll work hands-on with a number of different species, including rhino, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan lion, leopard, cheetah. Most of the Big 5!

You'll go out on emergency call-outs to assist in many different situations. These are unplanned events and can be very exciting - rushing to an emergency situation to help an animal in need, especially if that animal is something like a rhino or a leopard!

Many wildlife emergencies require the vet to dart animals from a helicopter and there may sometimes be opportunities for you to fly with the vet as he darts and sedates animals from the air. Although these only occur when there is a need and cannot be guaranteed during your placement.

The vet is based at our Rehabilitation and Care Centre, so you'll also spend much time working with and caring for the animals at the Centre.

This project is unpredictable to a certain degree and it is real life conservation and animal care. You'll have a real taste of life as a wildlife vet!

As a result of your participation on this internship, the funding the Centre receives from us will enable the vet to work free of charge for charities and animals in need of care, as well as to wildlife conservation projects. You'll therefore also have the satisfaction of knowing that your participation in the internship has made some of the free work possible.

What else do we do?

The project is situated close to several rural communities that have no permanent access to proper vet care for their domestic livestock, dogs, pets, etc. The project plans to visit these communities twice a month to offer vet care for these animals free of charge. If youi're there at the time of these visits, you'll also have the opportunity to help the animals of these communities.

It is also hoped that they can do some much needed dog sterilisations - the number a stray dogs living in these communities is completely out of control and they are often used to poach and kill wildlife on Reserves in the area.

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Price details:

from £1,595 to £5,495

Start Dates

Available from beginning March to the end October.


No qualifications needed, just a big heart and a love of animals and their conservation. Minimum age 17. Please note, you will need to be able to carry out physical tasks on a daily basis as part of your placement.

What's included

►Arranging your Programme
►Full pre-departure support and assistance
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at Polokwane Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Daily transport to and from your project
►Return transfer to Polokwane Airport
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support
►Free T-Shirt
►Certificate of Completion

What's not Included

Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas.

Who can do this Project?

All projects are open to all nationalities.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in conservation and caring for animals and working with wildlife overseas. Good if you want to learn about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and doing animal-related voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.

Extra Weeks

£400 for each additional week

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