Umkhondo VetX Programme, Albertinia

This course/experience is designed for people either already qualified as vets or in the process of becoming a vet (preferably 3rd year or more into veterinary studies). Zoology, wildlife conservation and similar fields are also considered. The course is designed to be a hands-on experience where veterinary volunteers will be involved in all facets of wildlife capture and veterinary procedures.

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Full Wildlife Veterinary Experience

With the Vet program we successfully relocated 700 plus animals from dry areas where animals were struggling to areas with more available feed. It has been a difficult time for farmers due to the draught and we were fortunate to assist with this.

Some of the procedures you may be involved in, include:

  • Darting of wildlife species for: DNA sampling, Animals to be moved/ relocated or treated, Rhino for de-horning due to poaching pressure, To do medical treatments, Measure horn size for unique species to be advertised for sale, TB testing in buffalo, Microchip implants insert, Fitting collars to animals that will be tracked for research and safety reasons, Transmitter darting for animals in thick bush or at night, Mineral and vitamin deficiencies that can be delivered in a dart, De-worming for certain species.

It can also include mass game capture operations with nets/sails and helicopter! Students can also look forward to a chance to practice their darting skills from a helicopter on a moving target.

  • Capturing of wildlife species using net-gunning and mass capture for: Antiparasitic sub cutaneous injection, Long acting broad spectrum antibiotics injection (to treat possible capture related problems such as pneumonia, and tick born diseases), Vitamin boost injection (tick treatment dip is applied), Measuring of horns, Drawing blood for DNA data bases, Photos of teeth to determine age, Tagging and marking individuals, Sonar for pregnancy and on bigger species the pregnancy is determined by feeling the foetus, Horn removal on rhino’s and inserting micro chips on certain species.

A lot of time preparing the students for this as this happens with all the animals and needs to happen fast and effective to minimalize the time an animal is sedated.

The course will run over 3 weeks and from Mondays to Fridays you will have a tight schedule and long, busy days. Certain procedures will have to be done on weekends but students will get an extra day off again in the next week. There will be a thorough orientation on what to expect on all planned procedures as well as allocating certain tasks to individuals.

So if you are an adventurous person that wants to get experience in the wildlife veterinary industry, this program will greatly benefit you and leave you with life long memories of you experience in South Africa.


Contact your programme co-ordinator here or via the enquiry form below for a volunteer information pack.

Find out more about the Umkhondo VetX Programme via their website here.

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