When you are passionate about animals, work as a volunteer with the African Wildlife and join our veterinary science internship project. The Project is located in an amazing five star game reserve on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The internship will allow you to really understand the intricacies of a veterinary specializing in African wildlife. During your stay, you’ll be working on everything from the Big Five to the smallest animals at the bottom of the food chain. Since all of the animals are living freely in their natural environment, they are encountering the hazards that come with it!
Since you’ll be working hand in hand with the professional vets on the reserve, you’ll gain hands-on experience caring for these animals. Moreover, you will also learn about animal management and prevention of disease and injuries.
At this beautiful Eastern Cape game reserve, you’ll spend two fascinating weeks working with the local wildlife including big cats, elephant, antelope, giraffe and countless bird and small mammal species, and enjoying lectures and hands-on conservation management tasks.
You are likely to find yourself taking part in exciting African wildlife captures, observing how the team dart, sedate, inoculate and examine animals. You’ll spend most days assisting the vets with animal care and rehabilitation in the clinic as well as heading out on emergency calls when necessary.
Work hours are usually from 07.30 to 16.30, Monday to Friday. You’ll need to wear comfortable clothes in neutral colours such as beige, khaki, brown and olive green, and comfortable shoes such as hiking boots.
Accommodation: Shared dormitory room in volunteer house, same sex rooms
There are two comfortable houses on offer. Both have single sex dorm sleeping arrangements. Bathrooms have hot, running water, showers and regular flush loos. There’s also a lounge area, kitchen area, library area fireplace and entertainment facilities. You’ll be only a short distance from the shops and beach. Nearby you’ll find a swimming pool, tennis courts and cricket field.
Your meals are all provided and you’ll never go hungry!
Breakfasts usually consist of cereals, bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and cheese, but
sometimes there are eggs, sausages or baked beans, and sometimes a combination
of the above.
For lunch and dinner there’s a wide variety ranging from burgers, chicken and chips, vegetarian dishes, potato casserole and so on.
Please note this is an Alcohol Free reserve – however you will be able to drink on weekends offsite
Facilities and the area
On weekends you will be able to go visit the surrounding areas and towns such Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth to experience the golden beaches, beautiful Garden Route, world class surfing and other game reserves. Or you can stay and relax by the pool at the reserve.
Are you passionate about animals and their care? If you’re considering a career in Veterinary Science, or are already in training and in need of some hands-on, practical experience, we’ve got the most amazing opportunity for you. Our Veterinary Internship Program gives interns a chance to experience hands-on veterinary work and get in-depth insight into animal management in an African game reserve setting.
Living your passion, working with animals in the awesome African bush – you’re going to have the best internship experience you could dream of.
Go to our page with the volunteer programs in South Africa an proceed with your application.
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