VETERINARY SCIENCES
2 WEEK COURSE

VETERINARY SCIENCES, 2 WEEK COURSE DATE OPTIONS FOR 2023

15 May to 29 May 2023
19 August to 02 September 2023

COURSE COST: $3 180 – US Dollar / €3 060 – Euro

Please note: We use the US Dollar as our base rate, so the EUR price may change at any time due to exchange rate fluctuations.

There are only eight spaces available in each group (to give you the best experience possible!) We work on a first come first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment! Complete the application form to register your interest in the Live4Now Veterinary Sciences Course.

The W!LD VETS programme is specifically designed for those who are either studying or working in the veterinary sciences field. 

This programme provides you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in this field, under the supervision of a professional wildlife vet. Food, accommodation, ground transport, and activities are all included in this package. Please note: Due to the unpredictability of nature, the days stated below may be switched around to give you the best experience possible.

VETERINARY SCIENCES 2 WEEK COURSE OUTLINE

Day 1

ARRIVE 

You arrive at O.R. Tambo International airport in Johannesburg. We will meet you there and take you to your accommodation. Today you will be given an orientation where we will explain everything that lies ahead in the next two weeks.

Day 2

WILDLIFE VETERINARY HOSPITAL 

Today you will be accompanying a vet at a wildlife veterinary hospital. The hospital is a non-profit organisation that treats small to medium-sized wild animals with the goal that they will be rehabilitated and released. The hospital has a dedicated veterinarian present on a full-time basis. The rehabilitation part of the hospital is run and overseen by a wildlife rehabilitation specialist.

Day 3

ROAD TRIP 

Today we need to get on the road! The next part of the trip is where you will be spending your time at the endangered species centre, doing a veterinary reptile course, going to Kruger, and gaining hands-on experience from the wildlife vets!

Day 4

ADVANCED VETERINARY REPTILE COURSE

Today you will partake in a reptile veterinary course. The course includes: Reptile husbandry, animal safety and handling, animal health assessment, biosecurity and hygiene, preventative medicine and common diseases, reptile first aid, reptile anesthesia and surgery, reptile emergencies, medical techniques and, a reptile necropsy.

Day 5 and 6

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 

Today you will make your way to the Kruger National Park! Here you will meet the vet and attend lectures on current topics affecting the control and management of the animals in the park as well as wildlife-livestock interface. You will attend a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how Kruger runs their laboratories, go to the Bomas and learn about the orphaned rhino programme, how animals in captivity are managed, and about the anti-poaching dogs/reaction team.

Day's 7 to 11

WILDLIFE VET ASSISTANCE

The next few days will be spent with the wildlife vets, accompanying them and assisting them in the duties they perform. This offers you the chance to get some hands-on experience under their supervision. You will also learn how to prepare a tranquilizer dart and shoot with a dart gun and get to fly in a helicopter! (Please note: The use of the helicopter depends on availability and the weather).

Day 12

COMMUNITY VET CLINIC

Today You will be going into an underprivileged area and offer your assistance and learn from the vets working in the rural communities. The CVC (community vet clinic) is a non-profit organisation providing primary veterinary health care to animals in disadvantaged communities.

Day 13

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE

Today you will make your way to a wildlife rehabilitation centre. Here you will get the opportunity to learn all about the centre and the vital role they play in rehabilitation as well as breeding rare and endangered species. You will see how the centre is run and the challenges facing endangered species in SA and why we need rehabilitation centres.

Day 14

ROAD TRIP

Today will be spent driving back to Pretoria in order for you to get your flight back home. Enjoy the drive through the beautiful countryside!

Day 15

DEPARTURE

Today is a sad day as we have to say goodbye. We will take you to Johannesburg international airport (O.R Tambo) where you will make your way back home. We are sure this experience will never be forgotten and will benefit you throughout your career!