This 10 day program in Namibia is intended for pre-veterinary and veterinary students, practicing veterinarians or any person who would like to gain hands-on experience in wildlife veterinary care.
The wildlife veterinary experience will be held at a wildlife sanctuary during the annual check-up of the many animals in captivity. Participants will be taught and trained in wildlife capture, anesthesia and health checks. The veterinary course consists of:
Practical work involves anesthesia, weighing, health assessments, vaccinations, collecting blood for a general check-up and addressing dental issues. This health check also allows the veterinarian to implant contraceptives, collect data and samples for research purposes.
A group will be limited to 15 people to ensure that each participant gets as much practical hands-on training as possible. You will receive a certificate of participation after completing the course.
Applicants must meet these requirements:
Accommodation and Meals
There are two options of accommodation at the wildlife sanctuary; volunteer rooms with up to four people (same gender) sharing each room, or large tents with a living and bedroom area to be shared by up to two people (same gender or a couple). The rooms are basic, but the single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy. Three balanced meals a day will be provided.
Power sockets (220V) for electrical items are available in communal areas.
The program is offered in February, April and October of each year. It runs for 10 days, Monday to Friday with a weekend off in between and again Monday through Friday the following week. Participants should plan to arrive on the Sunday prior to the start date and depart on the Saturday or Sunday at the end of the program.
18 Feb. – 1 March 2019
22 April – 3 May 2019
16 – 27 Sept. 2019
17 – 28 Feb. 2020
20 April – 1 May 2020
14 – 25 Sept. 2020
Note: This course is very popular and fills up quickly. All participants also need a work visa for Namibia which our office will arrange for you. The application process takes at least 6 weeks and participants are therefore advised to book long in advance.
You also have the option to combine this experience with any of our volunteer or internship program for a full experience.
Course US$ 1,750
Deposit US$ 500