Wildlife Veterinary Programme
I don’t have a lot of animal or veterinary experience, can I still take part on the programme?
No experience is required - the programme accepts people from all backgrounds; including vet students, pre-vet undergraduates, students on a gap year, high school students, or anyone who just loves animals! This programme is designed to give participants a hands-on veterinary experience that they might not get in their home country, whether it be to build up a CV, to decide if veterinary medicine is the right path, or just to experience the wildlife of Africa!
What does my programme fee include?
The programme fee includes accommodation, all food, transfers to and from Johannesburg airport, and all programme activities.
How do I get to the programme?
A transfer will be waiting for you when you arrive at Johannesburg Airport.
When does the programme run?
The programme runs on set dates throughout the year, and availability is limited.
What is the accommodation like?
You will be staying in a camp, with luxury tents. The tents can fit beds inside, and each tent has an en-suite bathroom.
How many people sleep in a tent?
This depends on how busy the programme is, but expect 2-4 people in one tent.
What animals might I work with?
You will be working in Big Five Reserves, with all the usual species of African wildlife, including buffalo, rhino, cheetah, lion, giraffe, zebra and many different antelope species to name but a few!
Please check the programme page for information on the activities on the wildlife veterinary programme.
Wi-fi will be available at the accommodation, however, 'This Is Africa' and we cannot always guarantee the wi-fi working smoothly!
Can I do laundry while on the project?
Laundy is included in the cost of the programme.
Do I need any vaccinations or anti-malarial medication?
Regarding vaccinations and anti-malarial medication, you will need to ask your doctor, as this varies from country to country. We strongly recommend you get any vaccinations advised by your doctor. Due to working closely we animals we also strongly recommend a full course of rabies vaccinations.
See below for a suggested packing list.
Suggested Packing List
You should pack the following for all weather conditions:
•Sweaters/jumpers and a jacket (that can get dirty)
•Work shoes (boots or sneakers that can get dirty)
• Work tops (tank tops or t-shirts that can get dirty)
• Work pants (shorts and long pants that can get dirty)
• Warm night clothes
• Camera and charger
• Backpack or small bag
• South African/International power plug converter/adapter
• Insect Repellent
Notepad/diary and pen
Keep in mind that you will be working in game reserves and will have direct contact with a variety of animals. You should be prepared to get your clothes dirty and they should be comfortable and easy to move in.
It is important to take extra of all medications & prescriptions.