African Elephants – Part 1 (Wildlife Vet Online)

(12 customer reviews)


3 hours | 19 lessons | Intermediate | Veterinary Students | Dr Peter Rogers (BVSc) | Wildlife Vet Online series

This mini-course, presented by Dr Peter Rogers (BVSc), is part of our Wildlife Vet Online series. It is ideal for students of veterinary science and other biosciences like ecology, zoology and wildlife conservation.

This course includes:

  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 hour extra resources
  • Full access while a member
  • Certificate of completion

What you’ll learn:

  • Comprehend scenarios and research of elephant
  • Comprehend best practices of elephant management
  • Learn about tried and tested veterinary medicine

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to the Species
  • Immobilization
  • Anaesthetics
  • Initial Treatments
  • Treatment Problems
  • Transportation

Course Outcomes:

  • 3 hours of Clinical EMS, certified by Dr Rogers
  • Optional Extra Credits
  • Certificates (not for free membership plans)
  • Additional Resources and Downloads (not for free membership plans)


  • You should be able to use a PC at a beginner level.
  • An interest in veterinary medicine would be an advantage.
  • An interest in wildlife conservation would be an advantage.

Who this course is for:

  • Individuals with a passion for nature and the environment.
  • Students of veterinary medicine.
  • Professionals who want to gain knowledge about wildlife conservation / veterinary medicine.

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We help vet students get EMS credits without travelling, by presenting self-paced online courses in collaboration with wildlife veterinarians, ecologists, and game reserves in South Africa.

About your Teacher:

With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Peter Rogers is considered one of the most experienced wildlife veterinarians in the world. He specializes in the capture and veterinary care of some of South Africa’s most endangered species, including the southern white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African elephant, cheetah, African wild dog, African lion, Temminck’s ground pangolin, and many other species. Read more about his work here.

About Wildlife Vet Online:

These courses are designed to be online versions of selected wildlife medicine experiences available in South Africa. We’ve collaborated with projects to create a practical road trip in the form of the Wildlife Vet Experience, an exclusive package just for training vets and vet nurses that is both affordable and of high quality. It’s built around our principles of collaboration, credibility, and accessibility by connecting communities and exceptional projects and experts while not sacrificing some of the fantastic food and accommodation that South Africa has to offer. In this way, we’re able to provide both practical and theoretical instruction, covering veterinary treatment as well as sanctuary management and wildlife conservation.

Topics include:
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Identification and Tracking Techniques
  • Anti-Poaching
  • Antibiotics and Supportive Medication
  • Capture Equipment and Methods
  • Conservation and Wildlife Education in the Community
  • Game Reserve Management
  • Modern Conservation
  • Orphan Rearing
  • Parasites
  • Ranger and Vet Stories
  • Rhino Dehorning, poaching, etc.
  • Safety Practices
  • Sanctuaries, Rehabilitation, and Rescue Centres
  • Tranquilizers, Sedatives, and Opioids
  • Wildlife and Field Management

Other mini-courses in this category delve into the care and protection of cheetahs, African lions, Temmick’s ground pangolin, rhinos, wild dogs, and more.

About our learners:

“The course is so impressive and Dr Rogers’ videos are fantastic. Really good content with clear explanations. It’s a fantastic resource for those wanting to do wildlife medicine – it feels really valuable from a veterinary aspect.” ~ Nirvana, University of Edinburgh
“I want a pursue a career as a wildlife vet so feel that this course has been invaluable. I absolutely loved it!” ~ Chloe, Royal Veterinary College, London

12 reviews for African Elephants – Part 1 (Wildlife Vet Online)

  1. Joanna Elizabeth (DVWCS) (verified owner)

    RDSVS, Edinburgh, Scotland

    What a great course, the information is presented in a clear, logical and easy to follow manner. Not too much clutter and just the right amount of explanation! Really excited to see what is to come in the other modules.

  2. Edsel (DVWCS) (verified owner)

    RDSVS, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Take up tranquilizer gun, shoot elephant, work on it, then leave it be. Or at least, that’s how I initially thought it to be. Who knew how different they can be from rhinos in terms of anaesthesia, and who knew their ears can be so practically helpful! Looking forward indeed to the second part of this elephant course!

  3. Jade (DVWCS) (verified owner)

    RDSVS, Edinburgh, Scotland

    A truly helpful and informative clinical-based course, perfect for veterinary students or veterinarians to gain an invaluable insight into the species differences involved when working African Elephants! Can’t recommend enough!

  4. Sierra (RVCZS) (verified owner)

    Royal Veterinary College, London, England

    I loved this course! I had so much fun learning alongside Dr Rogers while he worked through wildlife veterinary technique regarding elephants. The modules are easy to digest and encourage active learning! I would highly recommend to anyone interested in conservation or wildlife medicine!

  5. Madeline (NUVZS) (verified owner)

    Nottingham, United Kingdom

    An amazing, informative and interesting course. All information given is clear and concise and the quizes really help to consolidate your knowledge. Looking forward to part 2!

  6. Izzy (NUVZS) (verified owner)

    Nottingham , United Kingdom

    Really impressed by the latest module from Dr Peter Rogers. Not only am I impressed with the course content (again!) but I am really grateful for the consistency in the courses: I now feel that I have a good foundation of knowledge for all the species taught so far in some of the most pivotal topics. Dr Rogers gives you knowledge of the species in great detail which could be used in the future and, unlike some other courses, I don’t think that he holds back any information and you really do feel like a wildlife intern! Once again, this course is really gripping, however, this course has the wonderful addition of some amazing videos that I can’t imagine you would find anywhere else. Could not recommend this course more to anyone wanting to study Wildlife Medicine.

  7. Josh (NUVZS) (verified owner)

    Nottingham, United Kingdom

    Really enjoyed this course! There was plenty of interesting and useful information but as usual it didn’t feel over stuffed or confusing. Dr Rogers explains everything so well and his years of experience are obvious in the clear and concise way he delivers the information. I particularly enjoyed the section of the module on the relocation of elephants as this is something I had heard about but never imagined that that was how they did it! Fascinating! Learning about different anaesthetic mixtures was also very interesting having just covered that topic at vet school. Overall a great course that reaffirmed my love of wildllife medicine and I can’t wait to do part 2!

  8. Nirvana (DVWCS) (verified owner)

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    Another cracking course – it is full of in-depth clinical knowledge, while also being packed with the important practical elements that are so critical when working with wildlife. I particularly enjoyed getting to grips with the different drugs utilised in elephants and how wildlife vets must work to mitigate the complications that come with treating such a massive animal. Excited to get started with Part 2 in the near future!

  9. Clio (NUVZS) (verified owner)

    Nottingham, UK

    Really great course to learn the basics of wild elephant care/management. A good foundation to take further into practical courses or more theoretical study, especially for those interested in careers in wildlife medicine. Can’t wait to do part 2!

  10. Heather Parsons (verified owner)


    I had searched for a while to find an online course to learn about elephants. I have absolutely no
    veterinary background but found the introduction video fascinating. The course is packed with the
    the practical guide for wild elephant care and management. I’m already looking forward to taking part in unit 2. Dr. Rogers also gives case studies where you see the actual techniques in action. An excellent teacher.

  11. Layla Ruggles (verified owner)

    Another fantastic course from Dr. Peter Rogers!! Provides a great introduction to the basics of veterinary elephant management, and in bite-sized quantities, so you can learn at whatever rate suits you! As always I love the downloadable pdf notes which means I don’t need to worry about writing notes in the lessons and can sit back and enjoy the videos! I particularly like seeing the case studies, to cement what I’ve learned in the lessons! Am excited to start part 2 🙂

  12. Elli Verrocchi (verified owner)

    Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom

    Once again, an incredible module from Dr. Rogers. He created a very easy to understand and broad guide to caring for African Elephants in South Africa. A first-hand account on the front lines of managing a species so iconic to people worldwide. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in elephant medicine and conservation. Very excited to see the next instalment (African Elephants Part 2).

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