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Wildlife Veterinary Assistance, South Africa

Get hands-on, incomparable experience in all facets of wildlife capture and wildlife veterinary procedures in the beautiful South Africa. If you wish to learn more about being a wildlife veterinarian while making a positive impact towards conservation, this is definitely the place for you!


  • Work alongside wildlife veterinary professionals of South Africa, receiving theoretical and practical knowledge on all aspects of wildlife capture and wildlife medicine
  • Learn to treat and move wildlife with the least stress and resulting side effects
  • Be part of wildlife conservation efforts that are saving animals from extinction through population management, breeding and genetic diversity
  • Gain the necessary knowledge and confidence to then treat and capture animals in zoo’s and reserves all over the world
  • Live on a private game reserve and share your thoughts, passion and experience with other international veterinary students
  • Take advantage of optional trips to explore the world-renowned Garden Route and stunning city of Cape Town

About the Destination

This project is set against the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range, on the world-famous Garden Route in South Africa. This route is renowned for its spectacular scenery, mild climate, pristine coastline, winding rivers, sky-scraping indigenous forests and amazing wildlife.

You will be staying in a very comfortable house on Goedemoed Game Reserve, opposite the Hartenbos Private Game Reserve. From the garden alone, you will be able to see sable antelope, giraffes, wildebeest and other antelope species!

You will share the property and rooms with other participants, and will be accompanied by our fully supportive staff and wildlife experts! There is a nice shared kitchen area where you usually have breakfast, as well as a beautiful communal braai area outside.

This program is designed for people either already qualified as vets, someone that is in the process of becoming a vet (preferably minimum third-year student), or veterinary nurses who are looking to gain hands-on experience on all facets of wildlife capture and veterinary procedures. With the right experience, others may be considered.

Dates & Rates

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Prices include:
  • All project-related transport
  • All accommodation and meals
  • Thorough induction and orientation
  • Survival course
  • Internet access (limited)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary training
  • Laundry
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights and post-placement transport
  • Any visa-related fees
  • Any items of a personal nature, such as gifts or alcohol
  • Weekend trips and other non-course activities

Volunteer Reviews

“I saw this project as an opportunity to experience African wildlife at a level most tourists would never dream of and I was not disappointed! From the very first day at the Game Lodge I was involved in darting and relocating cheetahs and from then on I was involved in feeding and tracking cheetahs, feeding baby caracals, cleaning the reptile park, game counts, general maintenance work and even x-raying a lioness! The program runs Monday to Friday and on the weekends you are free to travel as you please!”

Natalie Jayne, Australia

“Met some wonderful people, learnt lots of new skills and enjoyed the variety of African wildlife I worked with. The accommodation is great and the first-hand experience you get with the animals is astonishing. You are involved in everything and supported by a fantastic staff. You feel 100% safe and everyone is very welcoming. Every day is different and exciting for the volunteers; you can’t wait to see what you’re going to experience next.”

Michele, UK

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