Wildlife Vet Experience

(9 customer reviews)


2 Week Experience | All Inclusive | Excl. Flights & Processing Fee | Selected Dates | Ideal for Veterinary Students | Additional Travel Support

Ideal for 3rd year+ vet students 

If you’ve been searching online for wildlife vet opportunities to gain some in-person, practical experience, you may be restricted by the cost or quality of the options out there. For this reason, we’ve designed an exclusive package just for vets-in-training 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 on some of the fantastic food and accommodation that South Africa has to offer. Read more here.

Your experience includes

Inspiring project and reserve visits

Credible wildlife vets

Practical clinical EMS and AHEMS sign-offs

24 hour support crew

Professional airport pick up and drop off

Complementing activities and conservation topics

Delicious South African food

And fantastic reserve accommodation

How to apply

  1. Express your interest here.
  2. Once your initial registration has been approved you will be invited to set up an interview here.
  3. A deposit request to secure your spot will be sent to you.


Selecting only 8 student per two-weeks, the Wildlife Vet Experience will bring Wildlife Vet Online course to life with a tour of projects, reserves plus wildlife vet shadowing. The experience includes the following highlights…

Clinical EMS:

Observe / participate in clinical procedures

Observe darting / capture techniques

Helicopter darting (optional add-on)

Husbandry skills:

Wildlife handling

Wildlife observation

Wildlife physical exam

Wildlife and / or captive routine health care

Wildlife conservation:

Assist with wildlife rehabilitation

Human-wildlife conflict, anti-poaching, and conservation techniques

Conservation in the community:

Wildlife education

Environmental conservation

Find out more here.

9 reviews for Wildlife Vet Experience

  1. Izzie (NUVZS) (verified owner)

    Nottingham, United Kingdom

    Such an amazing opportunity and the application process couldn’t have been easier or more reassuring! All questions or queries are responded to very quickly and the team is super friendly and helpful in walking you through each detail involved in arranging your trip. If you are thinking of applying, definitely just go for it and you will not regret it.

  2. Emily (DVWCS)

    Edinburgh , Scotland

    The whole process of getting a spot was easy and straightforward. I’m really looking forward to the trip, I know I’ll be with knowledgeable people the whole time and learn a great deal. It will be a great experience for an aspiring wildlife vet.

  3. Brett (DVWCS) (verified owner)

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    All the information regarding the trip is given to you on a concise and thorough manner and they are more than happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have! The entire process has been very straightforward and easy to complete. I can’t wait to fly out there and work with all these incredible people.

  4. Clare (NUVZS) (verified owner)

    Nottingham, UK

    Every part of the process with TEP has been great so far. The team are all very approachable and friendly, and care about you as an individual. I would recommend TEP to anyone. The wildlife vet experience has been thoroughly thought through and is an incredible opportunity, I can’t wait to take part!

  5. Joshua Howell

    Glasgow, Scotland

    The Wildlife Vet Experience with The Expedition Project was life changing. From arriving at the airport to two friendly faces, to working with Dr Peter Rogers, other vets, and professionals they could not have been more welcoming, informative and encouraging. Getting a contrast between game reserve veterinary work and conservation / endangered species work was something I found invaluable. Being hands on and learning more about conservation, darting protocols, testing, common conditions, diseases and their treatment through practical experience was rewarding. With the added bonus of being able to give back to the local community at the same time made the experience unforgettable. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone with an interest in wildlife medicine who wants to make some amazing memories and give back to the local community at the same time.

  6. Lizzie Miller

    Liverpool, UK

    A truly incredible opportunity. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to find out more about work as a wildlife vet in South Africa. Thoroughly thought through and with some amazing staff, this trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience where I made memories that I will cherish.

  7. Beth Worsley-Wildman

    Bristol, England

    This Wildlife Vet Experience was truly the trip of a lifetime! The team behind the experience clearly put so much time and effort into creating it, and once you are there it is clear how much they care about making sure you have the most amazing time. Working with Dr. Peter Rogers was an absolute dream, he is so passionate and engaging and the work we did with him was SO cool. I loved working at HESC and the visits to Daktari, Nourish, and taking part in the vaccination drive, were real highlights. The game drives we went on in our spare time were spectacular and I feel just incredibly lucky to have had the experience I’ve had. Aidan and Rico were the best guides ever and absolutely made the trip!

  8. Molly Richardson

    University of Nottingham , United Kingdom

    The wildlife vet experience was an amazing truly once in a lifetime opportunity, far exceeding any expectations I had. If this is something you’ve been considering doing then I’d highly recommend you go for it. There are so many opportunities to get close up hands on experience with a variety of species of South African wildlife, and chances to practice both animal handling and clinical skills in a new and exciting setting. There is such a variety of activities to get involved in on this trip, shadowing wildlife vets, observing their routine procedures. Or working within HESC, a wildlife rehabilitation centre. As well as a lot of community outreach in the local area. Even helicopter darting. A well rounded trip with something for everyone. Plus Aidan and Dan our guides made the group feel like the family. Definitely a more than worth while and incredible trip to be a part of.

  9. Alexandra Quinn-Sirera

    Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom

    This trip has been the most incredible two weeks of my life. It is very evident how much thought and time goes into making sure it is the best possible experience. Aidan and Dan were amazing, always so attentive, and knowledgeable and most importantly a lot of fun to hang out with these last two weeks! The trip really would not have been the same without them. Roger was super organised from the very beginning always making sure everything was okay and immediately answering any queries. Getting to see and treat these wild animals up close is such a unique experience and I have made memories that will last me a lifetime. Dr. Boshoff and Dr. Rogers along with the other vets were always very helpful and patient always explaining everything and making sure they made time at the end of each day for questions. They were a lot of fun to work with and I learnt so much from them. This trip has opened up my mind to a completely different type of wildlife from what I am used to and has really solidified my passion to become a wildlife vet. I would highly recommend this trip to any vet students who are interested in working with wildlife and conservation.

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