Wildlife Immobilisation & Conservation Course for Veterinary Students – Overview 2018

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This course is aimed at Veterinary students/young Veterinarians and offers the opportunity for course delegates to be exposed to wildlife veterinary practice in South Africa.  During the course delegates will gain technical knowledge and skills involved in the immobilisation and conservation of wildlife.

 There are multiple theory and practical sessions during the course to ensure maximum learning opportunities. Knowledge and experience gained during this course highlights many of the issues facing wildlife vets and conservation in Southern Africa. However, this knowledge and the broad basics will naturally serve as a sound base for future wildlife work anywhere in the world, including captive facilities.

Students from any veterinary school in the world, and any year of study are welcome to attend. The course is facilitated in English.

 Besides the technical learning aspects, the course also allows for some leisure activities and wildlife viewing too, making this a complete African experience!

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Course highlights

  • Course lectures presented by Wildlife Veterinarians/Specialists
  • Minimum of 15 wildlife immobilisation procedures on various species to ensure maximum exposure and learning opportunity (generally 20 plus immobilisations per course)
  • Dart gun lectures and practical session
  • Helicopter “darting” session
  • Wildlife viewing in open game viewing 4X4 vehicles
  • Marine excursions and lecture
  • 16 Nights’ accommodation at two quality lodges, one in a “Big Five” game reserve, both in malaria free areas of South Africa
  • All-inclusive price
  • Covered by legal registered tourism licences and insurance as required by law
  • Course accredited by South African Veterinary Council for Continuing Education
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Course Summary – a day by day look at the course

Day 1

  • Arrival transfer from Port Elizabeth airport to the lodge
  • Afternoon game drive looking for lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope and other species
  • Welcome and introduction by your wildlife veterinarian

Day 2

  • Morning introductory lectures by your wildlife veterinarian
  • Afternoon game drive (wildlife viewing)

Day 3

  • Early morning game drive
  • Lecture on dart gun systems by your wildlife veterinarian and dart gun practical
  • Afternoon lecture presented by guest wildlife veterinarian, Dr Peter Buss

Day 4

  • Full day of lectures presented by guest wildlife veterinarian, Dr Peter Buss – Physiology & Pharmacology

Day 5

  • Morning lectures presented by guest wildlife veterinarian, Dr Peter Buss – Species specific immobilisation considerations
  • Afternoon practical wildlife immobilisation procedure, likely to be antelope

Day 6

  • Morning practical wildlife immobilisation procedure
  • Afternoon review of morning practical session
  • Afternoon game drive (wildlife viewing)

Day 7 & 8

  • Morning/full day immobilisation procedure
  • Afternoon game drive – time permitting

Day 9

  • Day visit to Addo Elephant National Park including a game drive into the park and visit to the boma (wildlife holding) facilities in the park
  • Late afternoon visit to Isipho HIV centre
  • Talk on the marine environment off the South African coast

Day 10

  • Transfer to Port Elizabeth for a morning boat cruise on the ocean to St Croix Island – search for dolphins, penguins, whales, marine birds and other species
  • Lunch in town and a few hours to catch up on some souvenir shopping/telephone calls, etc
  • Visit to Born Free wildlife sanctuary

Day 11

  • Check out and transfer to the second game reserve in the Northern Cape
  • Short evening game drive (wildlife viewing) on the reserve – time permitting

Day 12

  • Early morning game drive, joining staff on feeding rounds of rare wildlife on the reserve
  • Lecture on game ranch management
  • Afternoon game drive

Day 13

  • Morning practical wildlife immobilisation procedure
  • Afternoon review of morning practical session followed by a lecture on wildlife diseases

Day 14

  • Morning practical wildlife immobilisation procedure
  • Helicopter practical session
  • Cover any remaining lectures/topics of interest not yet discussed

Day 15

  • Morning / full day practical wildlife immobilisation procedure
  • Afternoon review of morning practical session followed by a lecture on wildlife conservation issues
  • Short evening game drive (wildlife viewing) on the reserve – time permitting

Day 16

  • Last practical wildlife immobilisation procedures
  • Afternoon written exam followed by a last game drive and sundowners in the bush

Day 17

  • Course ends – departure transfer from the lodge to Kimberley Airport

Course dates:

  1. 31 May – 16 June 2018
  2. 21 June – 07 July 2018
  3. 19 July – 04 August 2018

Course Cost:

ZAR 50 500-00 per person sharing.

This cost is based on a minimum of 10 delegates and a maximum of 16 delegates participating.

 Your course cost includes:

  • Transfers
  • All accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary
  • All activities and entrance fees as stipulated in the itinerary
  • The services of an African Vet Safaris Wildlife Vet and the services of local guides and staff, as indicated
  • Veterinary excursions and activities
  • Tourism levies and Government VAT

Not included:

  • International and Domestic air fares
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks (unless otherwise specified)
  • Additional excursions/activities not included in this itinerary
  • Medical/travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals indicated as not included
  • Gratuities (budget on approximately R2000 for the course)

 Please note that Brothers Safaris arranges ‘regular’ travel throughout Africa and would be delighted to assist you plan any travel before or after the above safari, thus ensuring a diverse experience without undue overlap and offering you the convenience of dealing with one reputable company.

For a detailed itinerary and more information please click on Standard Wildlife Immobilisation  & Conservation Course or contact us on info@brotherssafaris.com.