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Oudtshoorn Vet Student Internship

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Oudtshoorn Vet Student Internship

South Africa

This internship was specifically designed to provide clinical experience to final year vet students. The practical skills and knowledge gained will support the transition from student to qualified professional. This internship is based in a mixed (multi-disciplinary) practice, with specialists in small animal, farm animal, equine, and wildlife medicine. Students may choose to explore all fields, or track the fields that most interest them. Hands-on medical and surgical experience is essential to become a confident and competent veterinarian. The South African mindset is easy-going, friendly and welcoming- working on “South Africa time” allows for a low-stress working and learning environment. Interns are exposed to South African culture and history on a daily basis through informal lectures and discussion. 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!


4-week session: $3,600 USD

Additional Weeks: $800 USD/week

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Every Saturday from February – November
  • Departure Time
    Small Animal | Large Animal | Wildlife
  • Return Time
    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. 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: Small Animal
Saturday: Arrival (transfer to Oudtshoorn)
Sunday: Group Orientation, Weekly Meeting & Cango Wildlife Ranch tour**
Monday: Transfer to Riversdale - Small Animal Lectures, Training & Introduction
Tuesday-Friday: Practical Experience (see “Activities”) - Transfer to Oudtshoorn on Friday
Week 2: Wildlife & Exotics
Saturday: First Aid certification course
Sunday: Weekly Meeting & John Benn river cruise tour
Monday: Transfer to Riversdale - Wildlife & Exotics Lectures, Training & Introduction
Tuesday-Friday: Practical Experience (see “Activities”) - Transfer to Oudtshoorn on Friday
Week 3: Production Animal (Dairy & Sheep)
Saturday: Laignsburg Animal Welfare (non-profit)
Sunday: Weekly Meeting & Mossel Bay tour (whale & seal watching, sunset cruise, shark cage diving)***
Monday: Transfer to Riversdale - Production Animal Lectures, Training & Introduction
Tuesday-Thursday: Practical Experience (see “Activities”) - Transfer to Oudtshoorn on Thursday
Friday: Artificial Insemination certification course (Day 1)
Week 4: Equine
Saturday: Artificial Insemination certification course (Day 2)
Sunday: Weekly Meeting & Cango Caves tour
Monday: Transfer to Riversdale - Equine Lectures, Training & Introduction
Tuesday-Friday: Practical Experience (see “Activities”) - Transfer to Oudtshoorn on Friday
Saturday: Departure (transfer to George Airport)
*Interns may design their own session by choosing from the options above (max 2 weeks for wildlife).
**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

During the week, interns stay at a 3-star luxury guest house in Riversdale, South Africa. On weekends, interns are transferred to a 4-star boutique estate on a working farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa- this is where interns on the Vet Experience Internship stay throughout their session. In both locations, each room has 2 beds and a private bathroom. Amenities include A/C, wifi, laundry and cleaning service. The guest house 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 on-site and a sandwich lunch is packed each morning.

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Vet/Animal 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)
Wildlife & Exotic:
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.
  • Game Capture
  • Bird Industry and protection education
Production Animal (Dairy & Sheep):
  • 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
  • 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

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!