Veterinary Experience in South Africa

Location: South Africa: Port Elizabeth

Term: Throughout the year

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

Hodore Farm Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AR England

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Phone: 0044(0)1892 770771


Situated on a Big 5 Game Reserve, this programme allows budding vets to get authentic experience with some of the most loved species on the planet. Volunteers will work alongside real vets and wildlife experts and learn first-hand how they help to look after the animals on the reserve.

Volunteers will gain practical and theoretical knowledge, giving them a well-rounded view of life as a wildlife vet. Typical activities include assisting with minor operations, helping with the application of vitamin boosters, monitoring the behavior of the animals, and treating parasites - to name a few. In addition to hands-on veterinary care, participants learn about the life of a vet on a game reserve, including wildlife management and conservation.

The programme is looking for pro-active and enthusiastic volunteers with a real drive and desire to help. Based close to Port Elizabeth, volunteers will get to enjoy the sea and surf on their weekends. A perfect way to relax after all the hard work!

Accommodation is located on-site and three meals are provided per day.


1. A real immersion into the day-to-day life of a vet on a game reserve
2. Hands-on practical and theoretical experience in both veterinary practice and animal care
3. Live on a Big 5 game reserve, surrounded by some of the world’s most renowned mammals
4. Make the most of exploring South Africa with weekend trips into Port Elizabeth- a great base for exploring the Garden Route and the surrounds
5. Excellent experience for a CV or resume

Intern Types
  • Animal Sciences
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences
  • English

Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

- Help and advice from our UK office before departure and whilst away
- Pre-arranged veterinary and voluntary work at the reserve with accommodation.
- Met and greeted warmly at Port Elizabeth airport with scheduled transfer to your accommodation.
- Thorough briefing and introduction to veterinary medicine on a game reserve
- A programme designed to immerse you in all aspects of veterinary care and animal care on the reserve
- Return to Port Elizabeth at the end of your stay
- Accommodation with bathing facilities, lounge and BBQ
- Oyster will prepare you thoroughly throughout

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Wildlife
  • Veterinary Science
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Animal Welfare
  • Conservation
Age Range
This Program is open to

American, European, Australian, Canadian, Asian, Worldwide, Kiwi, South African Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Dormitory
  • Group living

Participants Travel to South Africa

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Phone/Video Interview
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 day from recepit of form to booking interview
Post Services Include
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
Year Founded