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Wildlife Veterinary Experience - Namibia

Are you passionate about a career as a Vet Nurse or Vet? Gain incredible real life wildlife experience in Namibia with this special two week veterinary experience course, with a range of exciting African wildlife.

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At a glance:

Course: Vet experience course in Namibia

Accommodation: Volunteer rooms or platform tents

Meals: x3 meals a day included

Dates: February, April, September 

Minimum stay: 14 days


What animals will I work with? 

Your vet course is based at The Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia, which provides a home to a number of baboons, vervet monkeys, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, genets and caracals, with porcupines, oryx, hartebeest, kudus and many more animals in need of the care that the sanctuary provides, adding to this wild mix. There’s a lot of animals to gain experience from! Nothing will compare  to this at home.

About the Wildlife Sanctuary

The Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia has an incredible variety of magnificent wildlife, all on a 3,500 hectare reserve located in the heart of the Namibian bush. 

Spend 2 weeks on this Veterinarian Experience Course dealing with every animal on the sanctuary.

Each and every animal has it's very own, often tragic, story. Many animals were rescued  from farmers who had trapped them, or found themselves in a situation where hand raising was inevitable, due to losing their mothers at extremely young ages.

The Sanctuary’s motto is to “keep the wild in the wild” and they strive to remain true to this adage. However, animals hand raised through necessity can unfortunately never fully embrace natural freedom, and are thus held in semi-captivity at the Wildlife Sanctuary, where they are given a life in tune with their natural instincts as possible.

Available only three times a year, these limited veterinary course spots are very sought after by vet students and vet nurses plus pre-vet students. - so book well ahead. 

There are only 10 spots in each intake so book well in advance! 


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What will I be doing at on the Vet Course?

  • This course is specifically designed for students in the veterinary field wishing to gain more insight into the world of veterinary care on a wildlife sanctuary. This course can be combined with one or more of the other projects for the ultimate experience.
  • This course is offered on specified dates over a fourteen-day period, in which day 1 and day 14 will be reserved for arrivals and departures, with a possible off-weekend in between. So the program is 10 days in total (Monday-Friday for two weeks).
  • During the ten course days, participants will work alongside and learn from the resident veterinarian.
  • The Veterinary Course will be held during the annual check-up of the Wildlife Sanctuary's many animals, and veterinary students can expect to be taught and trained for wildlife capture, behaviour, anesthesias and health checks. 


 The Veterinary Course will consist of:
  • classes and presentations about wildlife capture, behaviour and anaesthesia
  • participating in the capture and anaesthesia of resident animals
  • sampling and health checks
  • participating in other veterinary activities that may arise on an adhoc basis. This could include the capture and movement of wild animals or surgical procedures.

Each group will be limited to just 10 participants, ensuring that activities remain hands on.

Each student will have the opportunity to intubate, place a catheter and set up a drip, monitor, take blood samples and perform a general examination of the animals. The Sanctuary's resident veterinarian will teach, assist and monitor students’ progress.

Course Dates

  • Courses are in only three times each year & are usually during the first half of the month, they are followed by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Courses. You may apply for both with one application.  

2020 Dates

  • 17th February - FULL
  • 20th April - FULL
  • 14th September - FULL

2021 Dates

  • 15th February  - 9 spaces left 
  • 12th April - 9 spaces left 
  • 6th September - 10 spaces left


Submit your application for 2020 or 2021 clinics here


Criteria to apply

Applicants must meet one of the requirements below:

  1. Be a qualified veterinarian or veterinary nurse
  2. Be actively studying to be a veterinarian or veterinary nurse.
  3. Be working in the natural science/zoology or similar where they will benefit from completing the vet experience. In this case a motivational letter, explaining what they hope to gain from the experience must also be provided by the applicant.
  4. If applicants do not meet these requirements they must submit a motivational letter stating why they think they will benefit from attending and a short CV or work experience background.


  • There are two options of accommodation at the Wildlife Sanctuary; Volunteer rooms with up to two people (same gender) sharing each room, or large tents with a living and bedroom area to be shared by up to two people (same gender or a couple). 
  • The rooms are basic but the single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy and therefore sometimes restricted. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.


  • All meals included

Optional Extras

It is also possible to add on one week at any of the following projects;

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