This program for veterinarians is designed for veterinary students studying science, nursing and related veterinary disciplines. It allows you to take part in the management of a private reserve and its efforts toward the conservation of wildlife. Thus, volunteers are called to discover and participate in the operations through lectures, monitoring and veterinary activities. This project gives you the chance to live a unique field experience.

Your schedule is supervised by veterinarians and professional guides who are passionate about nature. The purpose of each activity will be explained from the point of view of local conservation.

This game reserve offers a wide variety of African animal species including the famous Big 5: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalos. You can therefore, through your daily activities, observe these species as closely as possible in a breathtaking natural setting.

Animals / Big 5 Conservation Program - Veterinarians in South Africa

The program —

  • Two weeks
  • Participation Fees : 2630 €* (prices available in $ and £ – we will evaluate together the exact participation fees according to the desired volunteering duration)
  • South Africa
  • Minimum age 18
  • Up to 10 volunteers
  • For veterinarian students and professionals
  • Animals: Big5 – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, rhinos, giraffes, cape elephants, ostriches, kudu, hartebeests, waterbucks, hippos, antelopes.
* As prices are not fully invoiced in euros/dollars or pounds, they may vary according to the exchange rate.

Program —

Due to the nature of working with wildlife and other conditions out of our control, this draft serves as an example of a typical experience to date, but may be adapted as suits the conditions at the time of stay and as will be implemented at the discretion of our veterinary wildlife team to best suit and optimize the experience for all participants



– Wildlife drives on reserve. Species identification.
– Discussions on wildlife management, monitoring,
ecology, etc


  • Role of veterinarian on game reserves
  • Game capture techniques

– Mass capture
– Passive capture
– Chemical immobilisation

  • Immobilising drugs
  • Darting and translocation equipment
  • Husbandry of captured animals
  • Game translocation
Animals / Big 5 Conservation Program - Veterinarians in South Africa

Practical Experience

  • Target shooting with dart gun
  • Assistance with darting (immobilisation) of specific
  • Translocation of captured animals from reserve to
    bomas (enclosure)



  • Important infectious diseases of wildlife
  • Wildlife
  • Wildlife sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation
  • Community work at disadvantaged communities
  • Poaching and veterinary implications of survivors of
    poaching incidents

Practical Experience

  • Necropsies
  • Mass capture and translocation of antelope
  • Target shooting from helicopter (dependant on
    availability and prevailing conditions)
  • Community day: Basic veterinary care/treatment of
    community animals
  • Visits to Rehab Centre and Born Free

Day 15 / Monday: transfer at 10:00 am to Port Elizabeth. Arrival at the airport around 12:00 pm.

What is needed to participate?

To participate in this program, you must be a veterinary student studying science, nursing and related veterinary disciplines. Verification will be done during your registration.

Accommodation —

  • Comfortable rooming, sleeping up to 3 per room (same-sex basis)
  • Sharing with on-suite shower or bath, toilet, and basin per room
  • Cupboard shared with individual trunk per person
  • Communal safe
  • Lounge and dining room
  • Plunge Pool
  • Fireplace (braai or barbeque area)
  • Lecture or study room
  • Laundry once a week
  • Three meals are provided on a daily basis.

Duration & price —

It is a two weeks experience.

Three dates are available :

  • 1st to 15th of June (14 days)
  • 15th to 29th of June (14 days)
  • 29th to 13th of June (14 days)

The price for this program is 2630€ (price in $£)

Included / Not included —


  • Accommodation
  • Supervision and daily activities
  • Transfer from the airport to the reserve
  • Food
  • Registration fees
  • 24/7 support locally and from Sagittarius Voyage

Not included:

  • Flight tickets
  • Internet (paid voucher available in the lodge)

Reservation & information ——

If you would like to receive more information about how to volunteer and the program or simply make a reservation request, contact us via the form below.