Veterinary Internship, South Africa

Company : Oyster Worldwide
Location : Near East London
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Become a member of a mobile medical unit, travelling around working with animals on game reserves, farms and in local communities. Put your veterinary skills in to practice and learn plenty more on this hands-on project.

Live the life of a mobile veterinarian on this internship in South Africa. You will be on the move between game reserves, farms and veterinary clinic helping with a wide variety of animals as you go. This internship will give you a valuable insight into the veterinary world in a developing country. You will be exploring the beautiful Eastern Cape whilst helping to improve the welfare of the animals living in the wild, on farms and within disadvantaged communities.

This veterinary internship is a very hands-on practical approach to veterinary work across reserves, farms and local communities. It allows participants to make a genuine contribution whilst using their knowledge. Most participants are studying or have studied veterinary medicine, although growing numbers are also using this internship to gain experience for university applications. It is important to have some experience of working with animals prior to joining this project.

There are a plethora of veterinary issues with which you might be faced. All of these tasks are based around the animals’ needs at the time. Activities might include:

  • Blood tests
  • Monitoring animal behaviour
  • Health checks
  • Checking for parasites, diseases and injuries
  • Application of antibiotics
  • Vitamin enhancement
  • Animal care
  • Game relocation

Many of the tasks are aimed to improve the welfare of animals across the farms, reserves and clinics. You should expect to see some animals in distress or that have been poorly cared for.


Start Dates

Every Monday between March and November

Costs / Benefits

Includes transfers, accommodation and food.


Veterinary experience is required. Minimum requirement is veterinary work experience / enrollment into university course.

Booking / Enquiry

Oyster Worldwide Veterinary Internship, South Africa Reviews

Veterinary Internship

I've bettered my knowledge on so many aspects and got a very hands on experience. The staff there make the experience! Always so happy to help and let you get involved. It's all hands on and everyone there genuinely wants to help you. Remember to go open minded, no ones experience is all the same but each to there own. Be ready to work no matter what time the day and this will gain rewards. Nothing compares to doing what you love in a different county. Thanks for everything!

By: Harmony
Nationality: UK
Age: 20

Vet work in South Africa

Do this if you want to have an experience of a lifetime and help improve the lives and safety of the wildlife that lives at the reserve. Keep an open mind and just enjoy yourself, try everything and don't be afraid to ask questions. The people there are welcoming and friendly.

By: Elyse
Nationality: UK
Age: 18

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