What is the Pre-Veterinary Internship in South Africa all about?
Develop your interests and studies in a veterinary science or animal welfare by participating in this pre-veterinary internship in South Africa headed by an experienced and qualified zoologist. You will be able to develop your practical skills and knowledge by working alongside local wildlife experts in 3 different settings; with African wildlife on game reserves, with livestock on farms and domestic animals in rural villages and townships. It really is a varied placement and you will have the opportunity to be exposed to large and small animals living from mice to monkeys in various locations, from the bush to the home.
The nature of the work is demand driven as veterinarians and wildlife experts respond to their needs. Animal welfare is of primary importance and where possible human intervention is avoided, especially with game wildlife as these animals can often be unpredictable and dangerous. In South Africa, domestic animals are not always treated very well and it is a high priority to raise the profile of good practices and this projects links with top animal welfare agencies such as SPCA. Join this placement and develop your skills and knowledge of conservation and animal management while assisting with the important issue of animal welfare in South Africa.
Why choose this Pre-Veterinary Internship?
Being an intern in South Africa is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain a much better understanding of issues facing a range of animals from big to small, domestic to wild. Working alongside local experts you will discover how veterinary practice is approached in South Africa and the treatments available. You will also understand how domestic animals have a much tougher time than they often do in other countries. The local teams will enjoy sharing stories and insights into your experiences, so it is a great opportunity for cultural exchange. In addition, the animals will benefit from having an extra pair of hands to support them.
Role of the Pre-Veterinary Intern
During the pre-veterinary placement, you will work in three distinct areas. The opportunity for you to participate in a range of activities exists, but please note that due to the nature of working with wildlife, that each element is not guaranteed but you will certainly gain an all round perspective and knowledge of key issues relating to animals. In all placements you will learn about:
- health and safety
- animal management
- animal behaviour
- animal health and nutrition
- ecosystem support and biodiversity preservation
Additional encounters may include:
- Wildlife – immobilisation, and tranquillisation of animals, game capture, threats to wildlife, toxic and venomous animals, exotic pets and healthcare
- livestock – immobilisation, tranquillisation, and inoculation
- domestic animals – community support services, understanding animal management in South Africa, immobilisation, tranquillisation, inoculation, and wound care
All interns and volunteers are expected to undertake a learning assignment and present this to your colleagues during your placement. Bring your laptop to help you to do this.
What skills do I need to be a Pre-Veterinary Intern in South Africa?
The placement is available for students considering a career in veterinary science, or first-year vet students who are looking for a different experience. A full CV/Resume will be requested upon application and you will be asked to attend a telephone interview to assess your suitability for the placement, as well as your learning goals. If your placement is for university credit it is important that you make us aware of this so that we can discuss this with the local team, to see if your needs match what is possible at the time of your placement. Interns are expected to be able to live under a variety of conditions, be flexible and hardworking.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To work with wildlife, livestock and domestic animals
To improve your career prospects
To work with a project supporting animals in need
Where will I work in South Africa?
You will be based on South Africa’s secret jewel, the Wild Coast. It is more remote and untouched than its ‘garden route’ neighbour, and has lush mountains and golden sands. Chintsa sits on an estuary, where surfers spend time on the main beach and kite-boarders enjoy the tranquil lagoon. You will work in a number of locations but on the weekends you can spend time either exploring the coast or the interior. Excursions to places as far away as Cape Town can be arranged by the local team, so why not allow yourself some time at the end of your placement to see more of this wonderful country.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-12 weeks
- Cost: £1872 / $2923 for 2 weeks
Additional weeks available at different rates per week.
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Chintsa, South Africa
- Working hours: Full working days as needed by the placement, Monday to Friday
- Project availability: All year round, except for Dec 25/26 and Dec 31/Jan1
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared rooms in a volunteer house with communal living space. Field work accommodation is in tented camps, bush cottages, farm houses or lodges.
- Food: 3 meals per day – a simple nutritious breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a cooked dinner while on the project
- Voucher for a local restaurant on arrival
- Scheduled airport pick up and drop off from East London
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation, project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- 1 hour internet on arrival to call home
- Learning Reflection Document
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
What is not included
- Snacks, drinks and meals outside of the project activities
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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