ACCOMMODATION, LIFESTYLE & FEES


Your Accommodation
Whilst conducting your Pre Vet Experience you will be accommodated at the purpose built student centre is situated in close proximity to the main reserve on one of the management properties of the conservation department. General game including zebra and kudu can be found along with buffalo on the property. The centre boasts twin rooms with ensuite shower and toilet facilities with a communal safe and storage in each room. There is also a number of communal facilities including a lecture theatre, swimming pool, canteen, storage fridge, lounge and entertainment area, television and DVD access, computer and internet access. 

Your Meals
Three meals are provided on a daily basis. Meals will either be served at the facility itself or taken as a pre-packed serving, depending on planned or as result of unscheduled activities. Laundry services are provided once a week.

​Extra Curricular Weekend Activities ( Additional cost for own account):

  • Horse Back Riding
  • Visit to Local National Park
  • Local Hot Springs
  • Waterfall and Open Lake Swimming
  • Vulture Restaurant and Educational Talk
  • Rhino Orphanage
  • Visit To Sun City
  • Water Sports
  • Night Life
  • Restaurants
  • Golf
  • Water Park
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Raptor rehabilitation and awareness Centre


Fees
All inclusive experience and course: $1950

PROJECT DETAILS


For veterinary students, Vet Nurses and Pre-Veterinary students to gain practical experience and insight  in as many aspects of veterinary wildlife and conservation work as possible.

The aims of the program are:

  • To allow you 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 Practices and Conservation
  • Working with Endangered species and Wildlife Veterinarians role in Anti Poaching
  • Immobilization 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
  • 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 sustainability
  • Tracks and tracking of Big Five on 35 000 hectare reserve
  • Understanding Exotic disease in African Wildlife
  • Elephant Identification and Behavioural Monitoring
  • Rhino Identification and Behavioural Monitoring
  • Monitoring and understanding Predator populations


Veterinary Activities May Include


Introduction to Darting Techniques 
The various darting techniques used for game capture and immobilisation, learning to handle the various darting systems and target practice.

Introduction to Drug Preparation and Pharmacology
Learn the basics of pharmacology in the context of African wildlife,you will learn how to draw and calculate drugs for various species and circumstances.

Introduction to Injections and Drawing up IV’s
Work with the veterinary team and learn the basics of injections and drawing up IV’s, a vital part of being a wildlife Vet.

Translocation of Antelope Species
Techniques used for mass capture and translocation of antelope species.

Passive Game Capture 
Practical techniques on passive game capture of various species. 

Post Mortems
Conduct post mortems with Veterinary staff for research and assessment. 

Be the Vet
Here you will be required to put your skills learnt to the test as you head out on the reserve to manage the team and act as the wildlife vet to manage the procedure. E.g. advise on quantities of drugs to be used for translocation of blue wildebeest.

Any Emergency Veterinary Procedures
As required by the Veterinary team on the reserve.


Conservation & Research Activities May Include

  • ​Monitoring White Rhino
  • Understand Anti-Poaching and Education
  • Elephant Identification and Behavioural Monitoring
  • Elephant Fertility Study
  • Predator Monitoring and Prey Selection: Lions, Leopard, Cheetah
  • Herbivore Herd Structure
  • Monitoring Herbivore Herd Condition
  • The Art of Tracking
  • Bushman Paintings and History of the Reserve


Lecture Series 


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)
  • Immobilization 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 Tranquilization
  • 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


Presentations Relating to Applying to Veterinary School

  • Process and applying for Vet School
  • Interviews at University
  • Preparing work experience for interviews
  • Making the most of EMS
  • Ethical issues: awareness in your application


Practical preparation for EMS

  • Bandaging- types/uses/layers/practical application. 
  • Drug calculation and injection practice 
  • Using a stethoscope
  • Heart rates/breathing 
  • Physical examination of an animal
  • Interview practice!

Wildlife Vet Course: South Africa


29 APRIL - 11 MAY, 2019 VET ECO EXPERIENCE 1

24 JUNE - 6 JULY, 2019 VET ECO EXPERIENCE 2
8 JULY -  20 JULY, 2019 PRE VET EXPERIENCE 3

22 JULY - 3 AUG, 2019 VET ECO EXPERIENCE 4

5 AUG - 17 AUG, 2019 VET ECO EXPERIENCE 5

The programme is split into both theoretical and practical activities based around Veterinary Science, Conservation in the context of African Wildlife and Vet School applications.

The Pre Vet Eco Experience is a unique course that has been formulated specifically for students wanting to apply to Vet School. Acceptance into Vet School is very competitive and the interview process and previous work experience are important areas considered when approving applications. This experience offers your the opportunity to work along side the award winning conservation department and pioneering veterinary staff at the reserve to gain that valuable experience.

The course has been designed to give budding, potential Vet students an in depth introduction to Veterinary Science in the context of African wildlife. Not only will you learn the basics of what it takes to be a wildlife veterinarian you will also have informative and important lectures from existing UK Vet students on the application process and considerations for success.

If you are looking for hands on experience in the Wildlife Veterinary field that will contribute towards your overall application for Vet School, then look no further than our Pre Vet Eco Experience.