Wildlife Veterinary Course

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.

Application  Form

The Program

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:

  • Classes and presentations about wildlife capture, anesthesia and animal behaviour
  • Participating in the capture and anesthesia of resident animals
  • Monitoring animal health and collecting samples to ensure their physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Work alongside and learn from the resident veterinarian during the daily activities performed
  • Other ad hoc veterinary activities that may arise. These may include the capture, movement or collaring of wild animals, or surgical procedures.

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.

Who can participate

Applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Be a qualified veterinarian or veterinary nurse
  • Be actively studying to be a veterinarian or veterinary nurse
  • Be working in the animal science/natural science/zoology/biology or similar courses where they will benefit from the vet experience. In this case a motivational letter, explaining what they hope to gain from the experience must also be provided by the applicant.

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.

Note: This program is very popular and should be booked at least a year in advance.


17 – 28 Feb.              Fully booked
20 April – 1 May      Fully booked
14 – 25 Sept.             Fully booked


15 – 26 February
12 – 23 April
6 – 17 September

You also have the option to combine this experience with any of our volunteer or internship programs for a full experience.

Price 2020
Course             US$ 1,650
Deposit            US$ 500


Price Includes

  • 10 day veterinary course
  • Transportation to and from the wildlife sanctuary
  • Accommodation at the sanctuary
  • Three meals per day during the program
  • Support of on-site staff

Price Excludes

  • International roundtrip airfare to Namibia
  • Compulsory travel and medical insurance
  • Immunization
  • Drinks
  • Communication (phone calls, emails)
  • Optional tours and activities, additional programs
  • Personal expenses