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Oudtshoorn Vet Experience Internship

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Oudtshoorn Vet Experience Internship

South Africa
Explore all major fields of veterinary medicine and experience South Africa like never before. Interns can expect to work hands-on with animals under veterinary supervision with supporting lectures from vets in each field (mixed practice, companion animal, farm animal and wildlife). Choose our set 4-week session for a well-rounded experience, or design your own session to suit your goals and interests. This program was designed for those with an interest or background in veterinary medicine to experience life as a vet in South Africa, and for students already on the vet med track to gain practical experience with a wide variety of animals in a beautiful and unique country. Certified courses are offered every other Saturday, with alternate Saturdays spent volunteering at the local rescue & rehab center. Free local guided tours are available every Sunday.

This program will be accepting Applications in 2023 for 2024 sessions!


“Build Your Own” (2w): $2,000 USD

“Full Experience” (4w): $3,600 USD

Additional weeks: $800 USD/week

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Every Saturday from February – November
  • Departure Time
    Small Animal | Large Animal | Wildlife
  • Return Time
    Animal Lovers | Pre-Vet Students | Vet Students | Vet Techs & Nurses | Vets
  • Dress Code
    Training is provided for all activities. Interns receive a welcome packet on arrival with a full program itinerary, guide to local culture, and t-shirt. Certified courses and Sunday activities are only included in sessions of at least 4 weeks. Limited to 4 interns per group.
  • Included
    Airport Transfers
    Free-time Activities
    Laundry Facilities
    On-Site Support
    Pre-Departure Support
  • Not Included
    Travel Insurance
    Visa Fees (if applicable)
Week 1 : Mixed Practice (Small Animal, Equine, Dairy, Sheep & Exotics)
Saturday: Arrival (transfer to Oudtshoorn)
Sunday: Group Orientation, Weekly Meeting & Cango Wildlife Ranch tour**
Monday: Mixed Practice Vet Lectures, Training & Introduction
Tuesday-Friday: Practical Experience (see “Activities”)
Week 2: Companion Animal (Small Animal & Equine)
Saturday: First Aid certification course
Sunday: Weekly Meeting & John Benn river cruise tour
Monday: Companion Animal vet lectures, training & introduction
Tuesday-Friday: Practical experience (See “Activities”)
Week 3: Farm Animal (Dairy, Beef & Sheep)
Saturday: Laignsburg Animal Welfare (rescue & rehab center)
Sunday: Weekly Meeting & Mossel Bay tour (whale & seal watching, sunset cruise, shark cage diving)***
Monday: Farm Animal vet lectures, training & introduction
Tuesday-Thursday: Practical experience (see “Activities”)
Friday: Artificial Insemination certification course (Day 1)
Week 4: Wildlife
Saturday: Artificial Insemination certification course (Day 2)
Sunday: Weekly Meeting & Cango Caves tour
Monday: Wildlife vet lectures, training & introduction
Tuesday-Wednesday: Practical experience (see “Activities”)
Thursday: Schoongezicht Wildlife Refuge (rescue, rehab & sanctuary)
Friday: Oudtshoorn SPCA (non-profit clinic)
Saturday: Departure (transfer to George Airport)
*Interns may design their own session by choosing from the options above. Please note that certified courses and Sunday activities are only included in sessions of at least 4 weeks, and the wildlife option is only available 2 weeks per month.
**Trips are scheduled on a rotating basis every 4 weeks- the first tour will vary based on the date of arrival.
***Transportation to Mossel Bay is included but activities are an additional fee.

Tour Location

Interns stay in a 4-star boutique estate on a working farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Each room has 2 beds and a private bathroom. Amenities include A/C, wifi, laundry and cleaning service, outdoor pool and lounging areas. The lodge is guarded and staff are available 24/7 to ensure intern safety. All meals are included in the program fee- breakfast and dinner are provided by Surval and a sandwich lunch is packed each morning.

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Vet/Animal Activities:

Learn about all the animals you'll be working with here.
Mixed Practice Activities:
Small Animal:
  • Wellness examinations
  • Routine vaccinations
  • Surgery pre-med, prep & post-op
  • Anaesthetic monitoring (ECG, BP, etc.)
  • Blood draws
  • Observe surgeries
  • Observe dental procedures
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiographic positioning
  • In-patient care (IV fluids, blood work, lab testing)
  • Faecal worm egg counts
  • Microscopy of Common African Diseases (tutorial)
  • General clinical exams
  • Pre-purchase exams
  • Health checks
  • Pregnancy testing (ultrasound scanning, seasonal)
  • Lameness workups (including nerve blocks)
  • Observe dental exams & extractions
  • Surgery pre-med, prep & post-op
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiographic positioning
  • Pregnancy testing (ultrasound scanning, seasonal)
  • Bull fertility
  • Udder health and milk in-house culture
  • Milk parlour routine observation
  • Herd vaccination programs
  • Herd management and wellbeing
  • Calf rearing
  • Wool and sheep industry education
  • Shearing (seasonal)
  • Lambing (seasonal)
  • Teaser ram vasectomy procedures
  • Sheep vaccination programs
  • Sheep management and wellbeing
  • Bird Industry and protection education
Companion Animal Activities:
Small Animal:
  • Routine healthcare & wellness exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Wound care
  • Laceration repairs
  • Pre and post-op care
  • Patient monitoring for routine procedures (dentals, spays, neuters) and non-routine procedures (cystotomies, orthopedic procedures, amputations, etc.)
  • Routine diagnostics (blood draws, lab work, fecal analysis, x-rays)
  • General consultations and exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • Fecal analysis
  • Lameness exams
  • Ultrasound and x-ray
  • Reproductive and neonatal work (seasonal)
  • Surgeries (colic, angular limb deformities, umbilical hernias, c-sections, etc.)
  • Dental work (rasping and occasional extractions)
  • Postmortems (when available for anatomy lesson)
Farm Animal Activities:
  • Reproductive exams with ultrasound
  • Evaluation of calf health in rearing units
  • Tissue sampling for mineral analysis (blood sampling and liver biopsies)
  • Sterile milk sampling
  • Udder health monitoring
  • Bull fertility
  • Herd vaccinations and management
  • As needed:
    • Difficult calvings
    • Uterine prolapse repair
    • Down cows
    • Postmortem exams
    • Bovine surgery (LDA correction, mass removal, enucleation, c-section)
  • Wool and sheep industry education
  • Shearing (seasonal)
  • Lambing (seasonal)
  • Teaser ram vasectomy procedures
  • Sheep vaccination programs
  • Flock management and wellbeing
Wildlife Activities:
South Africa has one of the most diverse and exciting wildlife populations in the world. Experience the thrilling world of game capture – from immobilization to transport, treatment and release. Learn about the game industry in South Africa, species identification, wildlife conservation, dart gun safety and operation, pharmacology and species-specific drug protocols. At the end of the week, each intern gets a bird’s eye view of the game reserve from our game capture helicopter*.
  • Vaccinations
  • Immobilization for transport and relocation
  • Immobilization for clinical exams, medical treatment, wound repair, measuring horn length and trimming hooves
  • Immobilizing buffalo to test for TB, Brucellosis, Corridor Disease and Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Immobilizing buffalo for breeding soundness evaluation/examination
  • Immobilizing game for sample collection for genetic analysis
  • Darting game with vaccines, deworming agents and multivitamins
  • As needed:
    • Surgery
    • Rhino Dehorning
    • X-Rays

*Session must be at least 4 weeks.

Free-Time Activities:

Sundays are for students to unwind and explore the unique beauty that South Africa has to offer- guided tours are available and included in the program fee: Cango Wildlife Ranch (conservation & education center), Cango Caves, Mossel Bay (whale & seal watching, sunset cruise, shark cage diving)*, Schoongezicht Wildlife Refuge, John Benn river cruise. Other activities include safari game drives, sky diving, bungee jumping, and more! *Transportation to Mossel Bay is included but activities are an additional fee.

Please submit an application for this program below. Our team will contact you with more information within 72 hours- if you don’t hear from us, please check your spam folder!