Pre-Veterinary Programme

Travel to South Africa for a unique opportunity on a truly diverse veterinary programme!

Work with African wildlife, domestic animals needing help, and a wide range of large animals.

No previous veterinary experience required.

A vet student injecting a lion on the Wild Inside Adventures Pre-Veterinary Programme in South Africa

Looking for an exciting, animal focused adventure?

Join us in the Eastern Cape of South Africa for an unforgettable and life changing experience.

The Wild Inside Adventures Pre-Veterinary Programme is open to anyone who loves working with animals, and would like an exciting and educational experience in one of the world's most beautiful countries.

Whether you are wanting more experience before applying to vet school, are already in vet school, are a student or qualified veterinary nurse or vet tech, or you simply just love being around animals, this experience may be for you.

The programme combines a mixture of work with African wildlife on game reserves, working with livestock at farms, charity work with a wide range of domestic species within local townships and rural communities, and experience within a commercial veterinary clinic.

Join a diverse pre-veterinary project for a hands-on, educational and fun experience!

 

A veterinary nurse cuddling a dog. Wild Inside Adventures pre-veterinary programme, South Africa.
Veterinary nurse injecting sheep on the Wild Inside Adventures pre-veterinary programme, South Africa

 Watch the video below of past student Sibel's experience on the programme.... 

Sibel's Experience

Sibel's Experience

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Student Sarah Pregnancy Tests a Cow for the First Time!
Chomp - an injured puppy from the township, and one of our community outreach success stories.
Veterinary nurse with an immobilised lion on the Wild Inside Adventures Pre-Veterinary Programme
Pre-vet student bottle feeding a calf on the Wild Inside Adventures Pre-veterinary programme

THE PROGRAMME

 

The pre-veterinary programme is extremely diverse, with a wide range of activities, made up of three main components:

 

African Wildlife

Farm 

Community

Other

Click the above links for more information on each section. Participants on the project experience South Africa's vast array of life through both practical and theoretical lessons.

 

The hands-on approach of the programme offers participants the invaluable opportunity to gain experience within the veterinary medicine field, work with a wide range of species, and help communities with no access to veterinary care. 

 

Participants experience the 'real' South Africa: discovering new cultures, travelling around the Eastern Cape, and working within townships, rural communities, game reserves and farms in the area.

Who Should Apply?


Pre-Vets

These participants may be students in high school, students on a gap year or those in college or university wanting to go on and study veterinary medicine. The programme allows these participants to gain experience that will help them decide if veterinary medicine is for them, will provide a unique experience that will stand out on applications for vet school, and will provide an opportunity for practical experience that may not otherwise be available.


Vet Students, Veterinary Nurses/Technicians + Student Veterinary Nurses/Technicians

The programme allows these participants the chance to practice skills they have already learnt, whilst developing new ones. They may take part in the programme as part of their course and learning, or simply for a new experience in the case of qualified veterinary nurses.

Animal Lovers


These participants do not have to have a lot of experience in veterinary work and may or may not be interested in veterinary medicine. The focus is more on the exciting and unique opportunity to work with exotic wildlife, experience new things and on helping diseased and malnourished animals in local communities.

 

AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Immobilised rhino on the Wild Inside Adventures pre-veterinary programme.

  • Learn about wildlife pharmacology.

  • Practice monitoring immobilised wildlife and checking vitals. 

  • Administer medications to wildlife.

  • Take part in game counts and species identification.

  • Learn about and assist with parasite control.

  • Practice safe handling and transportation of a range of wildlife species.

Veterinary nurse monitoring an immobilised zebra during the Wild Inside Adventures Pre-Veterinary Programme

This part of the programme includes game captures, an experience unique to Southern Africa! Work as part of a game capture team alongside a vet as wildlife is located, immobilised, transported, relocated and released, or as they receive veterinary treatment.

There is no better adrenaline rush than running through the bush on a game capture, racing against time to keep the animal safe and comfortable!

Most of the wildlife work involves antelope species, with blesbok, nyala and impala being common in the area.  Species participants may also work with are zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and other species of  antelope such as eland, springbok and hartebeest.
Some of our lucky students will also have the opportunity to be involved with buffalo, lion and rhino!

Participants staying for longer periods are more likely to encounter a wider range of species during the wildlife aspect of the project.

Lion vasectomy on the Wild Inside adventures Pre-veterinary programme. Emily the vet is doing surgery while nicola the veterinary nurse monitors the anaesthetic.
Orphaned giraffe on the Wild Inside Adventures Pre-Veterinary Programme.
 

FARM 

This section of the programme gives participants the chance to work with a range of livestock species at local commercial farms, including pigs, sheep and cattle. 

This experience can be invaluable to those wanting to work with large animals in the future, with lots of practice handling and treating large farm animals.

Volunteers preparing to inject cattle.
Cattle Pregnancy Testing.
Wild Inside Vet Volunteers Ultrasound Scan South Africa

  • Injecting, dipping and providing other preventative healthcare to a range of livestock species.

  • Artificial insemination of cattle and pigs.

  • Learning about common diseases in livestock, and learning about illnesses and diseases specific to South Africa.

  • Treating and preventing endo + ecto-parasites in livestock.

  • Hoof trimming - sheep and goats.

  • Safe handling and husbandry of large animals.

  • Lectured tours around dairy and pig farms.

  • Assisting and learning about herd health.

  • Pregnancy testing cattle and sheep via manual palpation and ultrasound scans.

  • Lambing at local sheep farms.

  • Treating minor injuries.

 

COMMUNITY 

This part of the programme really allows participants to make a difference in South Africa, as well as getting an amazing insight into the culture of the local Xhosa people. 

Participants will visit townships in the area, treating and helping domestic animals that would otherwise receive no veterinary treatment. Visits to rural communities involve treating livestock in a similar situation.

Participants will learn how to handle domestic animals safely, how to treat and prevent both ecto-parasites and endo-parasites, practice treating wounds, and will also play a role in educating the community.

A range of species is covered, from dipping dogs to treating cattle, goats and sheep.

Spay drives are also included in this section of the programme when available.

Usually followed by a group of inquisitive local Xhosa children, participants will be thrown right into the centre of Xhosa communities, and make a massive impact on the health of the canine population, as well as other animals.

Township dog in South Africa covered in sarcoptic mange. Wild Inside Adventures Pre-Veterinary Programme.
Wild Inside Vet Volunteers South Africa Horse Castration
Black township dog and her puppy in South Africa. Wild Inside Adventures pre-veterinary programme.

  • 'Dipping' dogs to prevent and treat mange. Volunteers learn about the parasites that cause mange, how to recognise it, and practice handling nervous dogs unused to much human contact.

  • Administering preventative healthcare such as de-worming, and giving basic veterinary treatment to dogs, cows, horses, sheep and goats in local poor communities where these animals would usually have usually have no access to veterinary care.

  • Learning and practicing how to administer various forms of parasite control to a range of species.

  • Providing basic wound care and first aid.

  • Experience traditional life in both rural communities and townships.

  • Volunteer at  sterilisation drives with dogs and horses, assisting the vets with peri-operative care before, during and after surgery. 

  • Hoof trimming goats and sheep.

'Chippy' One of the Regular Dogs
 

CLINICAL 

This part of the programme takes place at a local mixed practice clinic.
The clinic was converted from an old dairy shed by past participants, and was then taken over by a team of two local vets and opened as a private practice; 'Wild Coast Vet'.

Participants shadow the team of two experienced vets through a typic