SOUTH AFRICA: Veterinary Internship on Game Reserve

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Location : This project is based in a rural location, 25km from Alldays, the nearest town
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1250 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

This is a rare and unique opportunity to gain hands-on veterinary experience with wild animals on a Game Reserve in northern South Africa!

This placement is the perfect environment for students studying veterinary medicine or an associated career path, or people who have qualified, to gain unusual and rare experience. This project would also provide unqualified animal lovers with an experience you will never forget. On this fascinating placement you'll have the opportunity to accompany the vet and help him on his wide range of different duties. You'll be exposed to many different experiences as the vet will mainly work on Wildlife on two main Reserves, but also on other Reserves throughout the Province.


You'll work hands-on with a number of different species, including rhino, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan lion, leopard, cheetah. You'll also work with all the general plains game species as well as all the small mammals living in the area. You'll go out on emergency call-outs to assist in many different situations. These are unplanned events and can be very exciting - rushing to an emergency situation to help an animal in need, especially if that animal is something like a rhino or a leopard!

Many wildlife emergencies require the vet to dart animals from a helicopter and there may sometimes be opportunities for you to fly with the vet as he darts and sedates animals from the air. These only occur when there is a need and cannot be guaranteed during your placement. The vet is based at our Rehabilitation and Care Centre, so you'll also spend much time working with and caring for the animals at the Centre.

This project is unpredictable to a certain degree and it is real life conservation and animal care. You'll have a real taste of life as a wildlife vet, which is very exciting. As a result of your participation on this internship, the funding the Centre receives from us will enable the vet to work free of charge for charities and animals in need of care, as well as to wildlife conservation projects. You'll therefore also have the satisfaction of knowing that your participation in the internship has made some of the free work possible.


The project is situated close to several rural communities that have no permanent access to proper vet care for their domestic livestock, dogs, pets, etc. The project plans to visit these communities twice a month to offer vet care for these animals free of charge. If youi're there at the time of these visits, you'll also have the opportunity to help the animals of these communities. It is also hoped that they can do some much needed dog sterilisations - the number a stray dogs living in these communities is completely out of control and they are often used to poach and kill wildlife on Reserves in the area.

Start Dates

All year round - you choose your start and finish dates. Arrival and departure days are on Fridays only

Costs / Benefits


What's included:
►Arranging the internship,
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at Polokwane Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►In-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support
►Return transfer to Polokwane Airport
►Certificate of Completion.


No qualifications required, but if you are studying a related subject, or you are qualified, your work involvement will be much more in-depth. Minimum age 18.

Booking / Enquiry

Travellers Worldwide SOUTH AFRICA: Veterinary Internship on Game Reserve Reviews

Trip of a Lifetime

This trip helped me to be the person I am today. I did a placement at a wildlife reserve in South Africa on my gap year and it was the best experience of my life! Highly recommended.

By: Leah
Nationality: British
Age: 23

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