Helping volunteers gain veterinary experience while improving animal health and welfare around the world.

Follow Us:

Oudtshoorn Vet Student Internship

Price South Africa 4 Weeks
Scroll down

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, but our number 1 priority is fun! 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 throughout the session, but Sundays and evenings are free time to explore this beautiful and exotic country.


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 session.
  • Included
    Airport Transfers
    Free-time Activities
    Laundry Facilities
    On-Site Support
    Pre-Departure Support
  • Not Included
    Travel Insurance
    Visa Fees (if applicable)
Itineraries are tailored to the individual student based on their chosen field(s)
Farm animal, equine, and wildlife activities are mostly off-site, while small animal appointments are seen in the clinic. Activities are planned according to the needs of the community. Weekly schedules are released at the start of each week and are updated daily to account for new opportunities, vet emergencies, and weather.

Tour Location

Interns stay at a 3-star luxury guest house in the Western Cape of South Africa. 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 at the guest house and a sandwich lunch is packed each morning.

Leave a Review

Value for Money

Leave a Reply

Vet/Animal Activities:

Learn about all the animals you'll be working with here.
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.
Having trouble viewing this form? Apply Here.