Mixed practice” is a term used to describe a clinic that works with large and small animals. This type of practice Isn’t as popular as it was back in James Harriot days (if you don’t know who that is, we highly recommend “All Creatures Great and Small”), because commercial production farms have become bigger for efficiency, and small animals are treated more as family members.
South Africa has one of the most diverse and exciting populations of wildlife in the world. Our Vet Experience, Vet Student, and Game Capture programs work with several highly qualified and experienced wildlife vets who enjoy teaching students about their profession and the incredible animals they work with every day.
The world is now full of zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and protected national parks whose main purpose is to treat and defend those that are in true need of human intervention. It is a controversial topic but regardless of personal opinion, the fact remains that qualified veterinarians are vital to maintaining the health and welfare of all captive animals.
It is important for every pre-vet student to gain sufficient practical exposure to veterinary medicine before applying to vet school. Understanding the basics at an early stage not only helps them get into vet school, but also makes them more confident vet students and highly competent veterinarians.
Animals are involved in many different activities which we carry out daily. They are responsible for maintaining the ecological cycle in a stable manner. Many students lack sufficient veterinary experience both in undergrad and in vet school. Students may gain insight through our programs to boost their career and also get to know the common issues that affect animals.
Our final Veterinary Student Course for 2018 has finished! We have had so much fun with this year’s lot and hope to see them again next year. We love to give our students a fun and exciting adventure while learning about wildlife, livestock and small animals.
We visit the East London Zoo regularly and this visit we assisted with moving the 3 Grey Wolves back to their old (now renovated) enclosure. While the vet, Dr Luis, was there, we also observed the stitching up of a Black-Backed Jackal’s lip.
Our students got to go on a helicopter capture this week. Helicopters play an important role in the game farming industry. Instead of capturing or darting by foot or vehicle, a helicopter and a net provides a more efficient and less time consuming approach to these tasks.
The other day some of our students went out on the quest of a buffalo capture. These amazing creatures can weigh around 900kg which is nearly 2,000lbs! Luckily we had a heavy duty stretcher and many happy volunteers to help!