South Africa Veterinary Opportunities
City: Cape Town
Organization: CIEE for travels/housing; SANCCOB to set up volunteering.
Expected experiences: Volunteer at the SANCCOB rehabilitation center for seabirds and other sea-life. Most volunteer programs are 4 to 6 weeks in duration and involve husbandry as well as medical care. There is a potential to get involved in their various research projects but that must be set up by contacting SANCCOB.
Best time of year: Any
Perfect for the summer after your first or second year as well as during clinical rotations.
Housing: Contact SANCCOB for a list of accommodations volunteers have used in the past in order to set up your own housing.
Contact: Check out the SANCCOB International Volunteer webpage for more information and application.
Avg cost of excursion: $100, not including flights or housing.
Eko Tracks Veterinary Field Study
City: Multiple cities are visited
Organization: Eko Tracks
Expected experiences: Work with local veterinaries and conservationists in the field of wildlife medicine throughout various towns in South Africa. Guest lectures and demonstration labs are held to learn about appropriate wildlife capture and handling. Visits to various National Parks are included to promote understanding of wildlife management, In addition, you will work with local veterinarians in the field of shelter medicine, helping with spays/neuters as well as visiting rural villages to provide vaccinations and medication as community care.
Best time of year: May - December
Eko Track organizes several different "Field Study" trips throughout the year. Most are 3 weeks in duration and are available mostly between the months of May and December.
Housing: Accommodations are provided for the duration of the trip.
Avg cost of excursion: $4700, not including flight
Contact: Visit the Eko Track webpage to find the application form for the Veterinary Field Study.