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Pre-vet project in South Africa

Practical information


  • Make a genuine contribution to African animals whilst improving your own veterinary knowledge
  • Working hands-on with animals in a way unlike anything you can do at home!
  • Explore this stunning area of the country, meeting local people and getting to know a completely different way of life
  • Learn from our knowledgeable team and time with a vet for specialist work

Program description

Our course is designed for interns, volunteers and young professionals looking to explore or enter the professional field of veterinary science, animal welfare and animal management. Categorized into three distinct learning areas, we provide a theoretical and hands on approach to learning as it applies to African Wildlife, agricultural livestock and domestic animals.


Achieving our objectives require you to experience and interact with wildlife in a game reserve context, livestock within the farming context and domestic animals within South Africa’s rural village context, where many animals live in an uncared for manner and animal rights are low on the social agenda.


The diversity of practical work is demand driven, but with the objective for you to receive maximum exposure within the three sectors.

Learning Fields

African Wildlife


Participants on our program will spend around one third of their time in wildlife environments (commercial and non commercial game reserves). Through lecture based learning and practical interactions you will be exposed to the following:


- Health & Safety


- Immobilisation and tranquillisation of animals


- Game Capture (at least one game capture, but as this is seasonal and demand driven, it cannot be guaranteed)


- Animal management


- Ecosystems services support & biodiversity preservation


- Threats to wildlife


- Toxic and venomous animals


- Animal health and nutrition


Agricultural Livestock


Participants on our projects will visit a range of livestock farms to gain maximum “hands-on” working experience as it relates to livestock well being. Through lecture based learning and practical interactions you will be exposed to the following:


- Health & Safety


- Basic Animal Health & Animal Behaviour


- Immobilisation, tranquillisation & inoculation of animals


- Animal management


- Ecosystems services support & biodiversity preservation


- Animal health and nutrition


Domestic Animals


Participants will undertake visits to rural villages and township settlements to undertake “hands on” practical work with a broad range of domesticated animals. In the South African context, these animals are very often classified as “vulnerable and abused” and live under extremely difficult circumstances. As a result they are a high priority for our work.


As volunteers and interns, it is also the environment in which you can contribute most effectively to animal welfare in South Africa. Through lecture based learning and practical interactions you will be exposed to the following:


- Health & Safety


- Community Support Services & Understanding animal manage-ment in the South African context


- Basic Animal Health & Animal Behaviour


- Immobilisation, tranquillisation & inoculation of animals


- Animal health and nutrition


A further component to this sector of your course will be exposure to South Africa’s animal welfare agencies and you will visit and learn of the challenges faced by organizations like the SPCA.

Volunteer Tasks

This experience is of a real, working, conservation and wildlife management program. It can often be exhilarating when working with game capture and release, elephant and buffalo tracking with telemetry. Then again, some days can be a stretch and even laborious at times when trekking perimeter fences and hunting for traps. However, this work is important! We are not a safari operation and don’t want to romanticize the work we do. There will be periods of high intensity when working directly with the animals and other times of less exciting, but 100% necessary tasks, when working on the ranch management aspect of the project.

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • Airport pick up & Drop off
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • All project related transport
  • Specialist support for all activities
  • Donation to the project
  • Certificate of appreciation

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance

Your accommodation

The accommodation is based in the coastal town of Chintsa on South Africa’s beautiful Wild Coast. Accommodation is shared and there are two “Vet Houses” situated a few minutes’ walk from the beach. Due to the nature of these projects, you will work between various reserves, farms and rural villages and are mobilized to where the work is. At times you may spend nights away and can expect to stay in a variety of accommodation when “in the field”. This accommodation will always be comfortable and safe and could include work based tented camps, bush cottages, farm houses, rural backpackers and occasionally lodges. The accommodation will have basic amenities such as Communal kitchen & living area, Electricity, Hot & cold running water, bath / shower room facilities, and all bedding and linen.


Accommodation, if in the wilderness / bush / rural areas, can be basic and lack some ofthe mod-cons you may be used too, but every effort is made to ensure the experience is enriching.


Additional information


- Up to date CV/ resume

- Copy of return flight itinerary

- Basic level of English; understanding and speaking

- Acceptance subject to availability of position

A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 


A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.



Our local charity relies on travellers to volunteer on various schemes around South Africa. We place volunteers into local communities and projects, assisting in building projects and allowing travellers to contribute to a growing community as well as making new friends.

The organisation is non-profitable and always ensures that all funding goes directly into the projects. The fee price for the volunteer experience will cover your accommodation and transport as well as a donation the projects.


Pre-vet project in South Africa
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