Veterinary internship in South Africa

“Minimum two week vet internship working on a game reserve with some of the world’s most magnificent creatures, wild and rehabilitated. Stay on site in shared accommodation. All meals included. ”

Highlights

Veterinary experience with South Africa’s wild animals | Big Five | South African game reserve | Hands on basic care | Participating in veterinary rounds | High quality learning experience | Weekends free to explore in and around nearby Port Elizabeth

Description of Veterinary internship in South Africa

Get into the heart of Africa and shadow a vet on a South Africa experience programme working with some of the continent’s most renowned mammals on a lush game reserve. Get to grips with hands-on basic care and checking on the health and well being of the animals, including the African Big 5. If you are looking to gain veterinary experience or put your skills into practice, this project is a great way to acquire immersion and a deep knowledge base.

There are a great number of areas in which wildlife experts and vets are needed on the reserve. The internship covers domestic and wild animals that have been rescued and are being rehabilitated, as well as wild animals from the reserve which have sustained injury or become unwell. The tasks at hand all depend on the specific cases at the time, however you can expect to work on a diverse variety of cases.

In addition to the veterinary rounds, you will also be opened up to other areas of conservation and animal management. This involves managing the environment, erosion control, game counts, fence patrols and clearing alien vegetation.

Accommodation and food
The accommodation is newly built and has a distinctly African feel about it, full of vibrant colours and comfortable seating areas. You will be sharing a room with other participants in the thoughtfully constructed dormitory-style rooms with large lounges and outdoor areas to relax.

We provide you with three delicious meals a day, so you don’t even need to worry about cooking. The food is varied, with an African/ Asian feel to it.

Day-by-day experiences

Monday:Arrive in Port Elizabeth by 3pm for your transfer to the reserve
Weekdays:Become fully immersed in the veterinary internship out and about on the reserve
Weekends:Weekends are spent at your leisure, either up at the reserve or at a lodge in Port Elizabeth
Departure:Leave the reserve on a Saturday for a transfer to Port Elizabeth. Fly out on Saturday afternoon or any time on Sunday.

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Veterinary internship in South Africa

Carbon reduction

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.

Environment

Wildlife
The reserve places conservation at the top of its agenda. Through the help of the participants, the reserve is made a good place to be for the wildlife within it. Volunteers are taught to care for the animals, to treat them with respect and to make sure that they act appropriately around them at all times.

The project
Throughout their time on the veterinary experience,, participants will be helping to conserve the beautiful environment in which they are in. This ranges from removing alien vegetation (which can be poisonous for the wildlife and destroy habitats) to planting seedlings and digging water holes for the animals. The reserve aims to plant 10,000 native tree species each year.

The reserve
We are aiming to become single-use plastic free on this project. Steps have already been made to replace plastic drinks bottle with glass bottles, providing drinking water from reuseable water drums and initiate a recycling programme for any unavoidable single use plastic.

The reserve is becoming very advanced on water harvesting and recycling, using more solar energy (the aim is to become fully reliant on solar energy) and composting kitchen waste.

Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.

Community

Meeting local needs
The reserve also plays an important role in protecting the local economy. The ‘big five’ wild animals are a key source of tourist income for South Africa and protection of these species is vital for some rural areas, who rely on responsible tourism to sustain them. Through volunteering at the reserve, you will be helping to meet an important local need. You will also contribute directly to the area’s economy, creating jobs for domestic staff at the reserve and by eating locally-sourced food provided by local cooks.You will not be taking jobs away from local people.

Helping local communities
Within the grounds of the reserve is a small community, with a school and several other facilities. Participants can buy souvenirs from their hand crafted goods. These local workers receive fair prices for their goods and are helped financially by the reserve.

Travelling with respect
Before joining the project you are briefed fully on the reserve, the customs there and how you can respect the locals here. Volunteers are encouraged to find out more about the history of the location so that they can travel aware.

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