We got him! After a number of weeks of attempting to immobilise a particular Cape Buffalo bull, Dr Luis finally darted him and he is now in a boma waiting the results of his tests before being moved to another property. Our next step is to immobilise him in a few days to ensure he is disease free.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! This week our Vet Student course had an emergency cesarean section (aka C-Section). After a game capture for a reserve owner, we were asked to assist us for advice on his dog. Cesarean sections can be common in practice but they are used as an emergency procedure to help in whelping (dog giving birth) or with certain breeds who are known to have dystocia (difficulty giving birth).
We are asked each year to talk to the children of Chintsa Township about their dogs while they’re on school holidays. Education and public speaking is an important part of the veterinary profession and our students run the lesson on their own, deciding on the topics and how to present to different ages and cultures.
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.
One of the many pleasures we get to experience in South Africa on our program is a wide range of species to help. We not only do community dogs and cats and the safari wildlife, we also get hands on experience with livestock animals.
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!
We are excited to announce our new name: Safari4u Global Vet Experience (GVE)! Our new name reflects our long-standing mission to offer veterinary care to the animals in our community while providing real-world vet experience to volunteers from across the globe.