Intensive veterinary course, Malawi

“An intensive introduction to wildlife veterinary medicine in one of Africa’s best sanctuaries. All meals, accommodation and transfers included. This trip can be extended to gain more experience. ”


Lilongwe | seven days intensive veterinary course | labs, lectures and practicals | possibility to visit Lake Malawi, craft market in Lilongwe and Kuti Wildlife Reserve

Description of Intensive veterinary course, Malawi

Learn wildlife veterinary medicine in the field, on this seven-day, intensive experience in one of Africa’s top rehabilitation facilities. Designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the subject of wildlife veterinary medicine, this course includes both lectures and wet labs, with careful instruction from Malawi’s leading wildlife veterinarians.

Assisting with the annual health monitoring programme is another key duty. This includes physical exams, monitoring patients, collecting samples and analysis. Numbers are limited on each course so there are just eight participants allowed, to make sure you receive individual instruction and get the maximum chance to participate. There is also the option to extend your stay at the wildlife sanctuary to gain sanctuary and captive care experience. Vet students should note that this course can count towards EMS (Extra Mural Studies).

Our wildlife sanctuary is the only one in Malawi, and its services are hugely in demand. It is recognised by key welfare and conservation bodies as one of Africa’s best sanctuaries. Last year, the sanctuary cared for 254 animals, including 77 rescues and 57 releases. Many of our intakes have been injured or orphaned due to the illegal pet and bush-meat trade, which is still widespread and prevalent in Malawi.

Each animal receives the best care, tailored carefully to its needs, by our experienced team of veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators. Our aim is always to release the animal back into the wild whenever we can.

All accommodation, meals, transfers and course materials are included.

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Intensive veterinary course, Malawi

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Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of the fastest growing populations in Africa, placing natural resources under immense pressure. Wildlife crimes - such as the illegal ivory, bush-meat, pet and charcoal trades - impact both wild animal welfare as well as species conservation in Malawi, and also stand as one of the greatest threats to wildlife survival worldwide.

Our charity is dedicated to the protection of Malawi's wildlife and habitats.

The 3 pillars of our work are:

WILDLIFE RESCUE & RESEARCH: Alleviate suffering and keep wildlife in the wild wherever possible through the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals, with associated research in turn applied to broader conservation initiatives.

ADVOCACY & ENFORCEMENT: Bring wildlife criminals to justice and deter others by putting wildlife crime on the national agenda, improving interception rates and strengthening legislation as well as its implementation.

CONSERVATION EDUCATION: Inspire people to care about and protect their natural heritage for the benefit of wildlife, local communities and future generations.


We employ over 60 members of the local community under the charity, and also build capacity through universities through training programmes similar to this one.

One of our goals as mentioned above is to inspire people to protect their natural heritage for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Education on wildlife welfare and conservation, wildlife crime, human-wildlife conflict, biodiversity and deforestation is delivered by our team at our wildlife sanctuary, in city schools and also in communities around protected areas across the country. We also produce TV and radio programming and run a number of national youth events. Our small scale community conservation projects have been introduced in response to the needs of individual communities we work with and include beekeeping, green fuels, afforestation and adult literacy. These programmes not only contribute to conservation efforts but also help to promote sustainable livelihoods so that communities are living in harmony with their environment.

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