Wildlife Veterinary Work Experience
The aim of the course is to provide veterinary students, aspirant Vet students and Para Veterinary students the opportunity to gain practical experience and insight in as many aspects of veterinary wildlife and conservation work as possible. The programme is incredibly varied and will expose you to a variety of veterinary practices and methods over the two week course.
If you are looking for once in a life time work experience then this is the course for you!
Due to the nature of the course, activities can vary depending on weather conditions, wildlife emergenices and other factors that dictate the work of a wildlife vet. With this said, there are still the main course principles that will be covered during your time on the course:
- To gain invaluable experience through exposure to practical and hands on skills in the wildlife veterinary field
- Expose participants to behind the scenes veterinary Wildlife Ranching and Conservation
- Wildlife ranching versus wildlife breeding projects
- Immobilisation and capture techniques used for various wildlife species
- Wildlife ranching and conservation challenges.
- Develop their animal handling skills across a range of African Wildlife Species
- Develop their understanding and gain further experience of medical treatment of wildlife
- Care and Hand raising of wildlife orphans
- Appreciate the importance of herd health in intensive wildlife breeding.
- Gain experience of a variety of veterinary wildlife and conservation working environments
- Vegetation types suitable for wildlife ranching
- Tracks and tracking of Big Five on 50 000 hectare reserve
- Conservation perspective from Cape Nature Conservation
Possible Veterinary Activities
- Preparing and loading darts: correct methods to minimize risks
- Darting simulation and practice shooting exercise for students.
- Wildlife immobilization on a wildlife ranch : Darting Buffalo or
- Sable or smaller antelope.
- Helicopter darting of large Wildlife species : buffalo , black wildebeest , other antelope.
- Giraffe capture; specialized procedure when available.
- Net gun capture from helicopter: Demonstration for smaller antelope : impala
- Mass capture of wildlife: Boma capture. Setting up, wind direction, terrain considerations , other planning.
- Logistics of wildlife transportation: Customised vehicles , crates and equipment.
- Parasite( internal and external ) monitoring and control in wildlife.
- Faecal sampling and processing plus microscope identification
- State Veterinary disease control in practice. Notifiable disease sampling and control hands-on : Tuberculosis , Foot and Mouth, Brucellosis, Corridor Disease. Documentation required : Red cross permits.
- Wildlife breeding management ( sable antelope , buffalo , rhino big cats, ostrich) . Visit and exposure to Sable- , Buffalo- , Lion- , Cheetah-, Ostrich breeding projects.
- Calculating doses for darting wildlife
- Administering medications
- Darting practice
- Visit to Ostrich farm and hatchery
- Buffalo routine visit: measurements, health checks, parasite treatment, foot trimming, Pregnancy diagnosis.
- Ostrich handling and vaccination
- Attend emergencies (stitch up’s, wound treatments, escaped animals, dystocia)
- Translocation of wildlife
- DNA testing and blood sampling of wildlife (Bontebok)
- Mass capture of antelope
- Post Mortem of a wildlife species.
- Visit to Sanborna Nature Reserve
- Visit to Game Abbattoir
- Laboratory work; identifying parasites from samples, microscope worm, blood smears, egg floats.
- Toxic plant identification
- Visit to Taxadermist
- Emergency cases : distokia, injuries, lethargy, loosing weight : diagnostics, immobilizing, treatment .
- Small five (Meerkat and Big five( elephant , Rhino , Lion ) exposure
Lectures and Theory
- Theory and Lectures for Chemical and Physical Restraint of Wild Animals
- Veterinary aspects of wildlife conservation (General overview of conservation and why we have to manage animals)
- Immobilisation and capture of wildlife (Mass capture/sail system/net gunning/ individual darting)
- Game Farming (value, logistics, trends)
- Pharmacology used in Wildlife (Drug classes and names and doses used and applications)
- Transportation and Tranquilisation
- Equipment needed in wildlife veterinary (equipment needed plus safety in the field)
- Capture related problems (Stress, hyperthermia, bloat, aspiration, capture myopathy, shock, 11 commandments)
- Talk from representative from Nature Conservation
- Species specific anatomy and problems (Giraffe, Elephant, ruminants, rhino, carnivores)
- Diseases and parasites of wildlife
- Toxicosis in wildlife
- Boma management
- Ostrich farming
Extra Curricular Weekend Activities ( Additional cost for own account)
- Beach visit and sleep over in beach front cottage on Garden Route blue flag Wilderness beach
- Whale watching (in season)
- Shark cage diving
- Crocodile cage diving
- Visit Knysna lagoon
- Raptor rehabilitation and awareness Centre
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