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Wildlife Veterinary Experience - Namibia

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.

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Available only twice a year, February and October,  these limited spots are very sought after by vet students and vet nurses plus pre-vet students - so book well ahead. Only 10 spots in each intake so book well in advance. 

Currently, the Wildlife Sanctuary 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. 

Each and every animal has it's very own, often tragic, story...many 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.

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The Foundation’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 as much in tune with their natural instincts as possible, while simultaneously remaining in the safety the sanctuary provides – safety that would be irrevocably jeopardised in releasing habituated or even semi - habituated animals.

10 day Wildlife Veterinary Course

This course is specifically designed for students in the veterinary field wishing to gain more insight in to the world of veterinary care on a wildlife sanctuary. This course can be combined with one or more of the other other projects for the ultimate experience.

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Wildlife Veterinary Course

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. During the ten course days, participants will work alongside and learn from the resident veterinarian.

 

Courses Dates 

Courses are in February and October 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.  

 

2018

February 5th-18th  - FULLY BOOKED

April 9th to 22nd - Applications Open

October  8th - 21st - FULLY BOOKED 

2019 Applications Open - Dates TBA

Submit your application for 2018 or 2019 clinics here

 

It is the responsibility, but above all the passion, of the Wildlife Sanctuary to afford every animal the best quality of life, rigorously monitoring their health and meticulously maintaining both their physical and emotional well being.

 

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The dedicated Wildlife Sanctuary veterinary team intervenes where necessary on a daily basis, with each animal also undergoing stringent annual check-ups. Each day the resident veterinarian is in charge of addressing any health or behavioural issues and administers treatments accordingly. 

The annual check-ups involve all animals being anaesthetised, weighed, checked, vaccinated, sampled and any health issues addressed. This health check also allows the veterinary team to implant their contraception (either permanent or temporary), Wildlife Veterinary Course collect data and samples for research purposes, collect blood for a general check-up and address dental issues.

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 itself 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
  • and on an adhoc basis, participating in other veterinary activities that may arise. 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.

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Accommodation and Food

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.

Add Ons

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

 

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