N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Veterinary Course

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N/a’an ku sê offers a ten-day Wildlife Veterinary Course specifically designed for students in the veterinary field wishing to gain more insight into the world of veterinary care on a wildlife sanctuary. This course can be combined with one or more of our other projects for the ultimate experience.

This course is offered on specified dates over a fourteen-day period twice a year (in February and October) in which day one and day 14 will be reserved for arrivals and departures, with a possible off-weekend in between. During the ten course days, participants will work alongside and learn from our resident veterinarian.

05/02/2018 - 18/02/2018

N/a'an ku sê Wildlife Sancturary

Target Audience

Veterinary students and Veterinarians



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It is the responsibility, but above all the passion, of the N/a’ankusê Wildlife Sanctuary to afford every animal the best quality of life, rigorously monitoring their health and meticulously maintaining both their physical and emotional well being.

The dedicated N’a/an ku sê veterinary team intervenes where necessary on a daily basis, with each animal also undergoing stringent annual check-ups. Each day the resident veterinarian is in charge of addressing any health or behavioural issues and administers treatments accordingly. The annual check-ups involve all animals being anesthetized, weighed, checked, vaccinated, sampled and any health issues addressed. This health check also allows the veterinary team to implant their contraception (either permanent or temporary), collect data and samples for research purposes, collect blood for a general check-up and address dental issues.

The veterinary course will be held during the annual check-up of N/a’an ku sê’s many animals, and veterinary students can expect to be taught and trained for wildlife capture, behavior, anesthesia and health checks. The veterinary course itself will consist of:

  • classes and presentations about wildlife capture, behavior and anesthesia
  • participating in the capture and anesthesia of N’a/an ku sê resident animals
  • sampling and health checks
  • And on an ad hoc basis, participating in other veterinary activities that may arise. This could include the capture and movement of wild animals or surgical procedures.

Each group will be limited to 15 veterinary students, ensuring that activities remain hands on. Each student will have the opportunity to intubate, place a catheter and set up a drip, monitor, take blood samples and perform a general examination of the animals. N/a’an ku sê’s resident veterinarian will teach, assist and monitor students’ progress.

We have two options of accommodation at the Wildlife Sanctuary; volunteer rooms with up to two people (same gender) sharing each room,or large tents with a living and bedroom area to be shared by up to two people (same gender or a couple).The rooms are basic butour single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy and therefore sometimes restricted. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.

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