Veterinary Wildlife Experience

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Veterinary Wildlife Experience

Gain valuable insight into the world of veterinary care at a wildlife sanctuary.

This experience is offered 3 times a year in February, April and September/October. It runs for 10 days – Monday through Friday with a weekend off in between.

You can also combine your stay with wildlife or research volunteering at our sanctuary or research sites. If taking this opportunity, we recommend that you extend your stay after the experience.

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

The dedicated N/a’an ku sê veterinary team intervenes where necessary daily, with each animal also undergoing stringent annual check-ups. Each day the resident veterinarians address any health or behavioural issues. The annual check-ups involve all animals being anesthetized, weighed, checked, vaccinated, sampled and any health issues being addressed. This health check also allows the veterinary team to implant relevant contraception, collect data and samples for research purposes, collect blood for a general check-up and address dental issues.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet one of the requirements below:
1. Be a qualified veterinarian or veterinary nurse
2. Be actively studying to be a veterinarian or veterinary nurse
3. Be working in natural science/zoology or similar, where they will benefit from completing the vet experience. In this case a motivational letter explaining what they hope to gain from the experience must also be provided by the applicant.

If you do not meet these requirements, we would need a motivational letter stating why you think you will benefit from attending, AS WELL AS a short CV or background of your work experience.

What is covered

The veterinary wildlife experience is held during the annual check-ups of N/a’an ku sê’s many animals. Veterinary students can gain valuable insight into any number of the following and will be exposed to the anaesthesia, handling and welfare of animals:
– Classes and presentations about wildlife capture, behaviour and anaesthesia
– Participating in the capture and anaesthesia of N/a’an ku sê resident animals
– Sampling and health checks
– Shadowing our resident veterinarians on their daily veterinary activities
– On an ad hoc basis, participating in other veterinary activities that may arise. This could include the capture and movement of wild animals or collaring of wild caught predators.
Maximum group size: 10 students
Arrival/departure day: Plan your arrival for the Sunday prior to the start date, and your departure for the Saturday or Sunday at the end of the experience.

Accommodation, food and other facilities

– Twin or triple share tents, twin to triple share rooms (same gender sharing, or couples/families)
– 3 meals provided per day, most dietary requirements can be catered for
– Laundry service
– Pool
– Bar/shop for drinks, snacks, Namibian sim card/credit, ATM, WiFi coupons for sale, cellphone (mobile) reception