Wildlife Veterinary Course

Conservation medicine & practical wildlife veterinary experience

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About our wildlife Vet course

This is a 14-day program designed to give veterinarians knowledge and hands on experience in wildlife veterinary work in South Africa. This course is led by experts in the field and covers topics that will give you a diverse understanding of wild animal veterinary medicine and the challenges faced by conservationists in Africa. The knowledge gained will enable participants to contribute to the protection of endangered wildlife on a global scale.

  • Designed by local wildlife vets for international vets & nurses
  • Beyond a wildlife volunteer experience.
  • Wildlife experience takes place in several nature/game reserves and rescue centers throughout South Africa.

The main aim

  • Offer a high quality experience where veterinarians, nurses and students can gain knowledge and guided practical experience in wildlife medicine and its conservation
  • Be exposed to the reality and difficulties of wildlife medicine in Africa.
  • Encourage conservation medicine globally
  • Concepts that can only be learned by working with wild animals in their natural environment and among locals.

Dates 2019

AUGUST 2019

28th – 10th

Available 3 of 12 places 

SEPTEMBER

1st – 14th

Available 6 of 12 places 

Program

Methodology

This is a dynamic program structured into three theoretical-practical modules.

5

Module 1: Wildlife veterinary medicine

5

Module 2: Conservation & wild animals behaviour

5

Module 3: Human – Wildlife conflict

During this 2 weeks, several lectures are given on power-point with the projector, but others would be told on the bush, using nature as our classroom. This course is designed to give delegates an opportunity to participate in a variety of cases, projects and experiences involving African wildlife. The amount of knowledge shared, won’t be only based on tutors presentations but on delegates aims to learn and questions asked. The course level is an introduction to Wildlife Medicine. However, if delegates have previous experience on that matter, deep and specific concepts would be told.

Module 1

Wildlife conservation medicine

5

The role of the veterinarian in conservation

  • Introduction to the work of a wildlife veterinarian in Africa.
  • Methodology, materials and equipment of a wildlife veterinarian.
5

Medical cases

  • Participants will be exposed to wildlife medical cases in progress. Interesting case studies will be discussed during theoretical sessions.
  • Exposure to real medical cases: Any clinical case, surgery or emergency can happen.
5

Widlife capture

  • Wildlife pharmacology anesthesiology.
  • Principles of chemical immobilization.
  • Theoretical and practical sessions on the principles of darting.
  • Mass capture techniques.
  • Real capture – species may include any Southern African mega-herbivore, carnivore or anthologies.
  • Exotic especies like tiger may happen from rescue centers.
5

Widlife management

  • Wildlife management objectives.
  • Wildlife breeding programs.
  • Wildlife contraception programs.
  • Wildlife identification, monitoring and tracking methods.
  • Wildlife nutrition.
  • Population health management.
5

Animal rehabilitation and breeding centers

  • The role of wildlife rehabilitation and breeding centers.
  • Various rehabilitation centers will be visited where the emphasis is on the individual animal.
  • Raising real orphans and their reintroduction
5

Infectious diseases in Southern Africa

  • A global view of the main diseases affecting wildlife. Emphasis will be given to the prevention of the spread of diseases between wildlife and livestock and those that affect endangered species.
  • Diseases associated with captive wildlife.
5

One health and Wildlife Vets

  • Understanding the complexity of the Wildlife – Human – Livestock interface.
  • Clarifying wildlife misconceptions with in the diseases approach.
  • Looking for practical solutions with in the complexity to protect wildlife & improve both people & animal health.

Module 2

Conservation & Wildlife behaviour

5

Protection of nature

South Africa is a world leader in the protection and maintenance of biodiversity of their natural heritage. The country is blessed with a wealth of national parks and wilderness areas and boasts some of the leading global professionals involved in the implementation of sound wildlife medicine principles and research.

  • Conservation models based on sustainability and biodiversity.
  • Wildlife conservation projects in South Africa.
  • Endangered species: Challenges and threats. Their survival is a fight against time.
  • Role of the veterinarian in conservation.
  • Habitat preservation and resource management for the breeding and protection of wild animal populations.
  • The rhino war – is there hope for the future?
5

Wild animal behaviour

  • Understanding animal behaviour is one of the main subjects a wildlife vet needs to grasp.
  • Knowledge of each species’ behaviour is absolutely necessary for wildlife management and animal welfare.
  • Every day our students will be exposed to wild animals and will be introduced to real nature.
  • Elephant social behaviour and handling.

“Close interaction with wild animals will give you knowledge that you never thought possible.”

Module 3

Human – Wildlife conflict

5

How can conservation improve locals and International lives?

Africa is blessed with a rich and diverse culture, however the rapid population expansion on the continent is having far reaching consequences on the lives of the average African. Traditional

Community based conservation – The biggest threat to wildlife in Africa is human overpopulation, greed and shrinking habitat. A realistic look into the lives of the average rural inhabitant and their perceptions of wildlife.

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LEADING VETERINARIANS

Dr. Fabiola Quesada

Wild Spirit CEO

Veterinarian. One Health

Dr.Quesada is CEO of Wild Spirit. She is a unique veterinarian with one target in life: Improve wild animal conservation and welfare through the veterinary profession. Years of experience, including studying elephants and learning from South African wildlife professionals has brought her a deep understanding of wildlife management and its complex situation in Africa. Her passion and commitment to nature are showing the world the role of vets in conservation.

Dr. Brendan Tindall

Wild Spirit Director

Wildlife Veterinarian. Mega-Herbivores Specialist

Dr. Tindall is considered one of the best wildlife veterinarians in Africa. He specializes in rhinoceroses. His background includes unbelievable experiences as a wildlife vet both in conservation in national parks and private game reserves. His career and dedication to animal medicine, his knowledge of nature, strong ethics and passion for conservation makes of him a role model for our students.

Extra Activities

Not included in the course fee | Extra activities occur in the Garden Route, between Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay

Great White Sharks

Experience the exhilaration of cage diving with great-white sharks in Mossel Bay.

Whale whatching

During winter, Plettenberg Bay is the place where Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales come to breed. Whale watching is a great opportunity to see these animals up close. Various conservation programs along the coast are run by whale watching companies. They will share their passion and commitment in the protection of the ocean with our students.

Whale whatching

During winter, Plettenberg Bay is the place where Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales come to breed. Whale watching is a great opportunity to see these animals up close. Various conservation programs along the coast are run by whale watching companies. They will share their passion and commitment in the protection of the ocean with our students.

Elephant interaction

A close seen into elephant behaviour and their protection.

Bungee jumping

The bravest students will have the opportunity to do bungee jumping from the highest bungee bridge in the world.

Bungee jumping

The bravest students will have the opportunity to do bungee jumping from the highest bungee bridge in the world.

Zipline in indigenous rainforest

A great opportunity for team building at the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest.

Itinerary

South Africa

14 days, 13 nights, unlimites adventures

From

Your country

to

Johannesburg

Please notice itinerary is variable, due to the unpredictable wildlife veterinary work. For this reason, it is impossible to ensure the exact location of each event long in advance. The detailed itinerary would be shared with students weeks before the start of the course.

Our patients might be hundreds of km apart, so several hours of traveling are inevitable.

day 1

Meeting at Johannesburg Airport.
  • Meeting at Johannesburg Airport at 12 pm.
  • Departure to first nature game reserve/accommodation.
  • Introduction talk.
  • Wild Spirit welcoming merchandising pack.

day 2 - 6

Wildlife veterinary work and theoretical classes
  • Wildlife Veterinary and Conservation practical work in nature reserves, wildlife farms & rehabilitation centers.
  • Talks and presentations.

day 7

Travel to George by plane
  • Flight duration 1:45 hours.
  • Road trip to our next accommodation.
  • Based on timing some vet work or presentations might be possible.

day 8 - 9

Wildlife veterinary work & Theory classes
  • Wildlife Veterinary and Conservation Experience on Nature game reserves.
  • Wildlife medicine talks and presentations.

day 10

Extra activities
  • Great white sharks, Whale wathching, Elephant interaction, Bungee jumping or Zipline in rainforest

day 11 - 13

Wildlife veterinary work & Theory classes
  • Wildlife Veterinary and Conservation Experience on Nature game reserves.
  • Wildlife medicine talks and presentations.

day 13

Evening: Closing ceremony
  • Braai (south african barbecue).
  • Awarding certificates.

day 14

Journey back
  • Drop off in George Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Our Wildlife Vet course will take place on several game reserves in South Africa. You will be hosted in safe accommodation at places surrounded by wildlife. Here you will enjoy evening gatherings, barbeques, astronomy and chats about daytime adventures.
Accommodation might be quite different between courses. Despite we do our best to choose comfortable accommodations, sometimes, this is not possible due to the remote areas where we work or the unaffordable lodges South Africa offered for tourist. Please notice this is a wildlife vet experience in AFRICA, not a luxury safari.

ATTENDEE PROFILE

Vet & nurse students

Vets, nurses & students

Vets, nurses or students who want gain knowledge of wildlife conservation and it´s medicine with the aim of contributing to conservation through knowledge and involvement.
Recommended age: 21-40 years old.

Volunteer Vets

Veterinarians, nurses, and students that are considering volunteering in Africa. Those that understand that be trained on Wildlife Veterinary medicine is a requirement to make a real contribution to conservation.

Wildlife vets

Vets who work with wildlife elsewhere of the world that would like extend their knowledge of african wildlife medicine and management.

Leader Vets

Those that are determinant to make a change in wildlife conservation medicine but just need a blueprint, some extra knowledge or maybe they need to feel that they are not alone on this journey

Adventurous vets

Those that know that Africa is not for fake hearts

Wildlife conservation hearts

Veterinarians who want to focus their careers on the conservation of wildlife

REQUIREMENT AND ESSENTIALS

  • Medium-fluent English level 60% 60%

Remember that English is the language that our professionals will be using to communicate with you. Low level of english will compromise your communication with the group, our vets and so will affect the understanding of lectures

  • Be a vet, nurse or student 20% 20%

Vet student are required to have a basic understanding in pharmacology and infectious diseases

  • CV selection 40% 40%

Selection based on Curriculum Vitae & date of Application-form sent. No previous experience in wildlife is required.

  • Be healthy 50% 50%

Be fit and have good physical/mental condition is very important for field work. You will be necessary to make physical efforts and adapt to the high climatic changes.

  • Open mind 90% 90%

Be a person with an open mind, desire to learn and enjoy the African experience 

  • Aims to learn 100% 100%

Keep in mind that we are not here to compete with each other, but to learn from one another.

BOOKING

Apply now, limited space available to 12 international delegates. Don´t miss out!

Course Fee

2850€

(3.123$ USD | 2.342£ GBP)

FEE INCLUDES

5

12 day Wildlife Veterinary Course & Practical

5

Veterinarians Teaching daily fee

  • Participants will be exposed to wildlife medical cases in progress. Interesting case studies will be discussed during theoretical sessions.
  • Exposure to real medical cases: Any clinical case, surgery or emergency can happen.
5

14 days/ 13 nights accommodation

5

Teaching materials

  • Tuturos presentations and PDFs
5

Certificates

  • Wild Spirit certificate
  • This course has been recognise as practical experience by several vet universities
5

Transport

  • Picking up from Johannesburg airport
  • Dropping off George Airport
  • Bus transport to accommodation and various working locations: In some courses our driving distance excede 1000Km
  • Entrance fee on farms/ natural game reserve where we will be working.
5

Safaris/Game drives

  • By car
  • By helicopter
5

Meals (80% of the meals)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
5

Wild Spirit Welcome pack

Wild Spirit Corporative t-shirt, cap, note book and USB.

FEE DOESN’T INCLUDE

5

Flight

  • International flight Country of origin- Johannesburg
  • Domestic flight, round trip: Johannesburg – George
5

Some meals

  • Lunch on airport days: days of arrival & departure.
  • Lunch/Dinner on extra-activities days.
  • Meals if eating time is during travelling road.
5

Extra activities

5

Insurance

  • Travel insurance
  • Medical Insurance

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT AND COLLEGE COLLABORATIONS

The quality of this course is backed by the testimonials of previous delegates as well as the support of several universities and organizations around the world involved in conservation and education. This course has been recognized as a practical experience for some master’s degrees.