Lion Surgery (Wildlife Vet Online)

(6 customer reviews)


2.5 hours | Full Live Event | Intermediate | Veterinary Students | Dr Peter Rogers (BVSc) | Wildlife Vet Online series

This live event, presented by Dr Peter Rogers (BVSc) and Painted Dog TV, 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.

Course Topics:

  • Live lion darting
  • Live lion transporting
  • Live lion surgery
  • This is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a surgery from start to finish.

Course Outcomes:

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

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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, Temminck’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

6 reviews for Lion Surgery (Wildlife Vet Online)

  1. Katrina

    R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

    Incredibly to watch, especially as a vet student. A lot of material covered during the live stream and easy to follow along, even if you didn’t catch it live! Super interesting topic and will be reading up about it more myself too :))

  2. Izzy B

    Nottingham , UK

    What an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an amazing surgery. Both Dr Peter Rogers and Debbie were present for the surgery allowing for a discussion on different options for fertility control and good description of the surgical procedure that they choose on the day. There was also a really interesting discussion about the local reserve management (to maintain the balance of predators etc.). Extremely interesting if you are in the clinical years of your degree as it demonstrates comparative anatomy and similarities between companion animals, as seen in practice, and the lion. So excited for more of these to come in the future!

  3. Layla (NUVZS)

    Nottingham , England

    What a fantastic opportunity to watch a large carnivore wildlife surgery as if you’re right there – haven’t ever seen something like this available online! Great view of the surgery site itself and explanation as to why the surgery was necessary to be done! Hope to see more live-streamed surgeries like this soon!

  4. Orla (LUVZS)

    Liverpool, UK

    Absolutely fascinating! I thoroughly enjoyed watching the procedure from start to finish and don’t think you can get any closer to actually being there. It’s great that it is not just the surgery you watch, but the whole process from locating the right lion. The questions and answers throughout were really useful and made the surgery easy to follow. Also, the timestamp highlights are great – if I want to watch a certain part of the process again I’ll know exactly where to find it. Whether you have seen small animal surgeries before or not, you will learn a lot! I hope there will be many more to come.

  5. Beth Worsley-Wildman

    Bristol, England

    This is such an amazing opportunity to watch a lion spay from start to finish, it genuinely feels like you’re there and getting involved! I watched it in chunks before bed for a few nights in a row and I had to convince myself to stop watching and actually go to sleep!! It’s so engaging and interesting, with frequent clinical discussion, for example, the choice of drugs used, why the lion was being surgically neutered instead of using chemical neutering (via a hormonal implant) and much more! It was great to compare the neutering surgeries that I had seen (and taken part in!) this summer to this surgery- I found the similarities and differences absolutely fascinating. There’s timestamps for the most key parts in case you’re tight on time and want to see the crucial bits. Watching this really reinforced my dream to be a vet that works with wildlife, so what are you waiting for- get watching!

  6. Max (RVCZS)

    RVC, United Kingdom

    Absolutely fantastic learning experience! The ProVet team do a great job of explaining their clinical reasoning during the lion surgery. Feels like you are in South Africa with them! This module is particularly useful for veterinary students. Serves as a great introduction to surgery in wildlife- by the end, you will understand its unique considerations and it’s similarities to surgery in domesticated animals. Definitely hoping for more live events like this in the future!

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