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Our courses are specifically made for Veterinarians and Veterinary Students with an interest in the Zoo, Exotics and Wildlife management spectrum. We offer courses in South Africa and Abroad.
This course is aimed at Veterinary Students from their 3rd year of study onwards. It is a basic introduction to all aspects of Wildlife Management from a veterinary perspective. Equipment, Capture and Restraint techniques, Pharmacology, Physiology, Specific African Wildlife Species and One-Health are some of the topics covered in this course.
Duration: 13 Days - Arriving on the Sunday afternoon and departing a fortnight later on the Saturday morning.
While we attempt to keep to a schedule, due to operational requirements days are often swapped in order to fit in with the veterinary company.
Day 1 of the course is used to orientate and familiarize the participants with the equipment and techniques they might encounter while on the course. The day is started in the lecture room with an introduction to African game and a basic capture and handling intro. A formal darting lecture is held in the afternoon ended off by a friendly competition. Under the instruction of the course team leader they shall receive their roles during a procedure and practice being an efficient team in the field.
2 Days Capture & Relocation - This is dependent on what capture and relocation the veterinary company has planned. The participants act as the working team together with the Practice Veterinarian or Game Capture Specialist darting, relocating, treating, capturing wildlife on surrounding farms and parks. Species may include anything from Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Sable, Impala, Wildebeest to warthog, perhaps even Lion!
2 Days Research - Research for Wildlife Pharmaceuticals forms an important part of the Veterinary Practice’s schedule and participants assist while learning about groundbreaking new pharmaceutical products. This is done at our facility and includes species ranging from African Antelope to Crocodiles to Wildebeest. This is also a great opportunity to learn how to effectively setup and mange a protocol for longer term PhD studies.
1 Full Day Kruger Park Visit - Participants are briefed on the state of Kruger’s elephant population and see for themselves what the importance is of management in a fenced ecosystem.
1 Full Day Crocodiles - Participants visit a commercial crocodile farm in the morning and then work on Wildlifevets.com’s crocodiles in the afternoon.
1 Full Day Snake/Reptile Visit - Participants visit a venom center and learn and handle some of South Africa’s most dangerous snakes. This day is accompanied by a 1 hour lecture from Mr Gus Mills on Long term conservation studies he has conducted on Wild dog and Cheetah.
1 Full Day Rehabilitation Visit - Maholoholo Rehab, The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Jessica the hippo are visited to show the importance and downfalls of rehabilitation, breeding or captivity of wild animals.
1 Full Day Pathology - On the middle Saturday under the leadership of Professor Prozesky for Onderstepoort the participants receive lectures in the morning on pathology and thereafter doing a post mortem in the afternoon.
1 Full Day Community Work - Siyatutuka Farmers Community Project forms part of our community responsibility program and deals with the interface zones surrounding Kruger National Park. Participants will start an early morning with assisting the state veterinary technicians dipping, vaccinating and treating cattle from the local farmers. Often our teams work on over 300 cattle in a morning is a very rural and rough environment. Its like “Bovine-Bootcamp” and participants are often surprised at how unique the issues and conditions are that these farmers face. Thereafter participants assist with the vaccination of community dogs and cats in the townships of eastern Mpumalanga. Since 2015 we have vaccinated in excess of 3000 dogs.
1 Day Lectures - Its an early start with a visit to the Siyatutuka Farmers Project close to Kruger’s border. Here the participants help dip and treat the community’s cattle. Thereafter they return to the lecture room for lectures on Conservation Medicine and capture techniques.
1 Day Elephant Interaction & Panorama Excursion - On the middle Sunday of the course the participants set off to interact with elephants and then make a short visit to the Mpumalanga Escarpment to see some of the picturesque scenery.
Although there is a formal lecture component regarding Pathology, Pharmacology and certain case studies the course tends to favor informal discussions/debates surrounding conservation issues. Issues regarding culling, hunting, game ranching and rhino trade are generally discussed around the fire in the evenings.
All meals, excursions, accommodation and equipment are included. Flights from your home country to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in South Africa is for your own expense.
Cost for 2018: USD $3300.00
Our final site will be up by the end of January. For information on our other courses please contact Michelle Raath the Program Director at [email protected]