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You’ll be fully involved with the treatment and handling of wildlife, including responding to emergency call outs
Wildlife relocation is an important part of a wildlife vet's role
We’ll pair you with an individual or team of vets to give you the best possible exposure to the skills and experiences you’d like to gain
Shadow a real wildlife vet in South Africa
This unique experience gives you the chance to join African wildlife vets in their day-to-day activities.
Based in one of South Africa’s most prolific areas for wildlife, you’ll treat species you may have only seen on television or read about in books. Working with wild animals, you’ll regularly face situations that are unpredictable and require you to think quickly.
Working alongside experienced vets in a small group, you’ll learn lots of new skills and gain experience of treating and handling African wildlife. You’ll also get the chance to explore rural Africa - travelling to many different locations to treat animals.
We work with many experienced vets and will pair you with a tutor who matches your personal goals and interests. This will give you the chance to discover the skills and experiences you want.
Because you will join the vets on real work, we can’t predict what activities you will take part in. But the typical work for our volunteer vets includes helping to capture and relocate wild animals, learning how vets treat dangerous animals, and assisting with disease prevention and pregnancy testing in the field.
As a veterinary volunteer, you’ll also play an important role in wildlife conservation. Not just treating individual animals but also helping wildlife reserves manage their wildlife populations.
“I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who has an interest in wildlife conservation and wants to test themselves and take their veterinary experience to the next level.”
Since 1999, our organisation has empowered gap year travellers to work hands-on with Africa’s wildlife. As experts in conversation, they’ve helped thousands of volunteers gain skills for their university applications or future careers. All while creating gap year experiences that are anything but tame.
Our organisation closely monitors the impact of the COVID-19 virus on global travel and follows updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UK government travel advice, which is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the local government health advice from our operational locations. As a member of the trusted travel brand ABTA, we are able to provide you with up-to-date advice and information on how the virus and government restrictions might affect your travel plans. We continue to keep the health and safety of our travellers, staff and community members at the forefront of all of our decisions.
How are we affected?
We are currently following government guidelines and we are not in our offices. Both our UK and South African staff are working from home providing you with all the usual support and some staff are currently on paid leave until travel picks up again. You can still call and email us during this period, and we would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding if our response time to any queries is not as quick as normal.
We have been around for 20 years and are certain that we will survive this crisis.
Can I still apply for future projects and book my conservation travel now / Can I change the dates of my booked trip?
Yes! To give you total peace of mind when booking with us, we have introduced the following policy to give you maximum flexibility with your travel dates:
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- At any time up to 7 days before you are due to start your trip with us, you can change the dates of the trip to any available date in 2020 or 2021 at no extra cost. You can even change the dates as many times as you like for travel between now and the end of 2021.
- All money paid to us is financially protected either through ABTA or ATOL, giving you full peace of mind when booking with us that your money is safe.
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