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.
Safari4u, in combination with WCCVC Chintsa Dogs and Wild Coast Vet, have been assisting Mlungu in the past few days. His owners brought him to the student house to ask for help because his “eye looked funny.” It was immediately obvious that the eye was not salvageable and would need to come out.
Last week, we went in to see a lion cub that wasn’t doing too well. Unfortunately it wasn’t doing well with treatment and the judgment call was to euthanize it. On a happy note, our students were able to do a post mortem on it. There were 2 things of note were discovered- the heart had a fatty covering particularly around the left atrium and both kidneys were extremely discoloured.
A relaxed morning turned into a critical care case for a lion cub today! 🦁 The cub had been reportedly in and out of ill health for a week so Safari4u went to assess it to help with a treatment plan. Upon arrival, staff member Alex, realised it was critical and the decision was made to take it to Wild Coast Vet… after collecting it from the ground with the rest of the pride watching!
EXCITING NEWS! We have teamed up with a SPAY AND NEUTER Center in PANAMA! Calling all pre-vets, vet students and vet technicians! As one of our team members, you will be able to assist the vet, perform pre-op clinical exams, inject antibiotics & pain relief, observe surgery, place ET tubes, place IV catheters, monitor anesthesia, blood sampling, inject sedation, administer medication, calculate drug dosages, set up IV fluids, calculate IV fluid rates, give vaccinations, provide wound care (cleaning, stabilizing, bandaging,