Wildlife Vet Experience

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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.

2021 Dates

20 June – 4 July 2021 (subject to full subscription)

4 July – 18 July (subject to full subscription)

8 August – 22 August (subject to full subscription)


Sunday arrival (20th June, 4th July or 8th August) into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport where you will be collected by our team.

Contact us for details and coordinating flight arrivals and departures


Starting at £150 GBP / $200 USD / R3000 ZAR per day for 14 days

Your experience includes

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

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

Week 1

Wildlife Vet Shadow and Reserve Management

Week focus – Shadow an experienced wildlife vet

Wildlife Vet – Dr Chris Boshoff

Week summary – Observe / participate in clinical procedures, observe darting / capture techniques, helicopter darting (optional add-on). We aim to include the following – Assist with rehabilitation, Human-wildlife conflict, anti-poaching, and conservation techniques, Husbandry skills – handling, Husbandry skills – observation, Husbandry skills – physical exam, Husbandry skills – reproduction, Husbandry skills – routine health care.

Week 2

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Week focus  – Wildlife rehabilitation and cheetah breeding

Wildlife Vet – Dr Peter Rogers (when available). Read more here.

Week summary – Monitoring and care of Cheetah, Wild Dogs, White Rhino, Lion, African Wild Cats, Ground Hornbills, Sable Antelope and more, feeding and assisting with or observing veterinary activities, learning about cheetah breeding, learning about hospital equipment, feeding rhinos, lions and leopard. When possible – Vaccination of cheetahs, Lime Sulphur treatment of cheetahs, Treatment of antelope for internal and external parasites. More details here.


We aim to include and allow you to sign-off the below topics. Please note that when working with wildlife, wildlife vets and wildlife conservation there are times when ethics or circumstances do not always allow schedules to run according to plan.

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


Read more about your accommodation here.

Local Area

Find out more about the Hoedspruit area here.

Your Support

How to book

1. Register here.

2. Pay your deposit here.

3. Schedule an interview here.

Before you travel

Look for updates on entry requirements here.

The best way to prepare for this experience is to take our Wildlife Vet Online course and read about our partners.

Register here | Book here | Prep here

Why choose The Expedition Project for Wildlife Vet Training?

As a social enterprise, we are unique in our community partnerships and project spending. Additionally, our expeditions include donations and community support, carbon offset via tree plantings and local business partnerships. Where your money goes is very important to us! Continue reading here.

Read here about our objectives, visions and where your money goes

The EXPEDITION Project works with organisations, NPOs, charities, social enterprises and small businesses to create a reliable network across South Africa for all to use as a ‘how, what, where, who’ resource. Our vision is to contribute meaningfully to sustainable rural communities, food security and an improved quality of life for all South Africans. Continue reading here.

Covid-19 Travel Refunds

We understand that planning travel in the currently situation is stressful. Should you have to cancel your trip for reasons around travel restrictions or COVID-19 then refunds will be available. Please note that it is your responsibility to make sure you will be allowed entry into South Africa with all relevant documents and COVID-19 tests complete. Look out for updates on entry requirements here.Continue reading here.

Covid-19 Travel Updates

No quarantine at present when entering South Africa, however travellers could also still need to quarantine if they present COVID symptoms upon arrival.

Travellers must produce a printed negative COVID PCR test that is not older than 72 hours. Passengers are advised to have several printed copies ready.

Look out for updates on entry requirements here.Continue reading here.

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