Dr J.P. Raath started his career in Kruger National Park in 1983, as a Veterinarian for National Parks Board South Africa, KNP. After developing and researching many of the systems and management plans that are in place today, he decided to open a private practice in 1996. Realizing the necessity for more development in conservation medicine globally, Dr Raath linked up with Dr William Lance of Wildlife Pharmaceuticals (USA), and brought even more expertise to Southern Africa. Dr Raath registered Wildlife Pharmaceuticals South Africa in 1997, and this move demonstrated not only his love for what he was doing, but also a vision to the future of conservation in South Africa. Closely linked, Wildlifevets.com was established in 2001 and operated in the Mpumalanga area. Starting as a veterinary practice with Dr Raath’s skill and passion, it has grown into a force in the wildlife industry educating, developing and working over a vast area. Now a wildlife management and education, (technology transfer) company, Wildlifevets.com employs full time staff, to deliver the top quality service and professional touch that must be expected in the wildlife sector. With projects and research stretching from the Kwa-Zulu Natal to the Middle East, the energy and dedication this company invests in its clients, and more importantly the animals they work with, is phenomenal.
Having run the courses since 2008, Dr Raath’s son, Géran, and his wife, Michelle procured the courses from Dr Raath in 2014. Their company, Source Tree (Pty) Ltd with its training division Wildlifevets.net, has reshaped and expanded the courses to remain relevant and evolved to address matters of current and future concern. We have seen the emphasis of the courses diverting from tools in conservation medicine to concentrate more on aspects such as trans-boundary conservation initiatives, thresholds of potential concerns, action plans and standard operating procedures, obviously within the veterinary field. The role of the veterinarian as part of a management team is emphasized, incorporating aspects such as human health issues, zoonosis, land use and global factors influencing conservation. Since 2017 Wildlifevets.net has been offering courses abroad with our first Zoo, Exotics, & Wildlife Anesthesiology Course in Latvia at the Riga Zoo. This was done in close cooperation with Tsavran Pharmaceuticals. Since 2014 Michelle Raath and her team have grown the courses to maximum capacity in South Africa. Offering 12 Introduction to Conservation Medicine & Chemical Immobilization Courses at the Source Tree facility in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Wildlifevets.net is the biggest provider of such courses in the country.
Wildlifevets.com now also belongs to Source Tree (Pty) Ltd working closely with Dr Raath's company Wildlife Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd in researching chemical preparations used in wildlife veterinary medicine. With 2 permanent veterinarians in the wildlife practice and a mass capture team Wildlifevets.com is a leader as a Game Management Company and Research Partner. Providing all related services to clients both on a national and international basis.
As head of operations and logistics, Géran keeps the field teams going. Having grown up in the wildlife industry he has a clear understanding of the company's needs.
Always willing to help, a incredible chef and a highly efficient director, Michelle, ensures that your trip goes smoothly from start to finish.
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