Veterinary internship in South Africa
Veterinary internship in South Africa
Veterinary internship in South Africa

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Immerse yourself in the local culture and complete your veterinary internship in South Africa with our partner NGO. Supervised by experts, you will benefit from in-depth feedback throughout the project, allowing you to experience life in the international professional world. Join a multicultural team and work on a reserve to contribute to the protection of the region’s wildlife on a daily basis.

Bac pro CGEA
Scientific license
Prépa ATS
Veterinary school
Bachelor's/Master's degree in solidarity and sustainable development
Studies in the health field




English Intermediate


Description of the program

The veterinary internship in South Africa will take place in the following African reserves:

- Mpongo, a famous reserve with the Big 5 (lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos and leopards).

- Sabati is an area suitable for conservation and is being developed with a recent introduction of wildlife.

- Matola is a nature reserve located in the Kubusi Valley. The NGO has also recently started a conservation project in this reserve with a combination of activities related to safaris.

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Like all of our animal internship programs abroad, this project in South Africa allows students to gain university credits while contributing to the conservation of the region's wildlife.

Our internship on a nature reserve in South Africa is both theoretical and practical, and includes three aspects of the veterinary profession:

1. Monitoring and observation of wildlife in the reserve.

2. Surgical care of livestock in local farms.

3. Caring for domestic animals in the surrounding villages.

There are many pets that lack care, animal rights are far from being a priority on the social agenda of South Africa. The work is therefore particularly demanding, but this placement with specialists is intended to provide you with the best possible experience in all three areas of activity.

Learning Areas

Wildlife on a nature reserve

Participants of the veterinary internship in South Africa will spend approximately one third of their time in the wild (game reserves). Theoretical and practical learning will include the following:

- Health and safety.

- Immobilisation and sedation of animals.

- Capture and transfer of animals (normally at least once during the course, but this will depend on the season and ongoing activities).

- Management of animals in the reserve.

- Protection of ecosystems and biodiversity.

- Threats to wildlife.

- Poisonous and venomous animals.

- Animal health and nutrition.


Project participants will visit several livestock farms to gain a variety of hands-on experience, and will actively participate in the care of the animals. Topics covered in class and in the field are:

- Health and safety.

- Animal health and behaviour.

- Immobilisation, sedation and injections.

- Animal management.

- Protection of biodiverse ecosystems.

- Animal health and nutrition.


You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in pet care through visits to rural villages. In South Africa, domestic animals are often vulnerable and mistreated, living in very difficult conditions. We are therefore making this a priority. As a volunteer or intern, this is also the area where you can get most involved. The training (theoretical and practical) covers the following elements:

- Health and safety.

- Community education and understanding of domestic animal management in the South African context.

- Animal health and behaviour.

- Immobilisation, sedation and injections.

- Animal health and nutrition.

You will also have the opportunity to work in collaboration with national animal welfare agencies, such as the SPCA (South African Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), whose activities you will discover in the field.

Your role as a volunteer

You will participate in a demanding animal management program. Of course, you will have some great moments releasing healthy animals into the wild or tracking buffalos and elephants. But some days can also be exhausting, especially when you will be in charge of securing hiking trails or looking for traps set by poachers. You will have a busy time working in the field, but you will also be expected to assist the caretakers in their daily and routine maintenance tasks.

In any case, all the tasks you will be given are of great importance to this conservation and environmental project. This veterinary training course in South Africa is anything but a safari, there is no question of going there to relax or to do tourism!

Host organization

Our partner NGO manages and implements volunteer and humanitarian projects throughout South Africa: social missions, educational missions and environmental protection.
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Founded in 2004, the Association has since placed thousands of volunteers on long-term projects that do not aim to save lives but to improve the daily lives of the most disadvantaged.

Awarded several times for its commitment to sustainable development volunteer projects in South Africa, our NGO is also accredited by the international Fair Trade Tourism label.


Strong points

Release animals into the wild
Participate in the care of the animals
Acquire knowledge with a local veterinarian
3 sectors: wildlife, farm and domestic animals
Collaborate with national agencies

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