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Zimbabwe Veterinary Experience



Vet students working with a blesbok.
  • I don’t have a lot of animal or veterinary experience, can I still take part on the project?

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! There is also no age limit. 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 while helping animals in need!


  • What does my programme fee include?

The programme fee includes accommodation, all food, transfers to and from Bulawayo Airport, and all programme activitiest. The majority of fees are put back into the wildlife orphanage, to help cover the cost of veterinary fees for the animals, food, bedding, and enclosure unkeep and repairs. 


  • How do I get to the project?

A  staff member  from the project will be waiting for you when you arrive at Bulawayo Airport. They will provide a transfer to your accommodation at the wildlife sanctuary.

  • What is the project accommodation like?

Comfortable cabin accommodation is provided, usually on a twin / triple / quad-share basis, although if space permits you may have a cabin of your own.​ All 8 cabins have an en-suite bathroom, and are situated around a spacious and relaxing garden area with a swimming pool for participant use. Wi-fi is available. 

  • How many people sleep in a room?

This depends on how busy the programme is, but expect 1-4 people in one room.

  • What animals might I work with on the project?

You will be working with a wide variety of wildlife species. Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage is home to lion, leopard, hyena, serval, vervet monkeys, kudu, duiker, mongoose, baboons and civet to name but a few! There are also many species of birds and reptiles.

  • ​Do I get days off?

Yes, Sunday afternoons and Mondays are days off.  

  • When do we work, and how long for?

Like most work with animals this largely depends on the activities available that day. We generally work Monday-Friday. Hours vary a lot so be prepared for anything!


  • Will there be internet?

Wi-fi will be available at the accommodation. A fee of £11 per 10GB will keep you connected. 

  • Do I need any vaccinations or anti-malarial medication?

Regarding vaccinations prior to travelling. 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.

  • What should I pack?

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)
• Trainers/sneakers
• Work tops (tank tops or t-shirts that can get dirty)
•Work pants (shorts and long pants that can get dirty)
•A few outfits for days off/excursions
• Warm night clothes (winter months)
• Swimwear 
• Raincoat
• Camera and charger

  • Powerbanks

• Backpack or small bag

• Zimbabwe/International power plug converter/adapter
• Towel
• Insect Repellent

  • Sun cream, sunglasses, hat

  • Water Bottle

Keep in mind that you will often be working with 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.

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