Zim Vet Program 2017

What can I expect?

The Zim Vet Program offers a dynamic and diverse two-week veterinary work experience for people interested in wildlife, veterinary medicine and working in Africa.  Run by Worldwide Vets and based at Antelope Park in Gweru, the Program is extremely hands-on, allowing you to take responsibility for various aspects of animal husbandry and veterinary work during your stay.  The wildlife you will encounter includes lions, impala, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe.  Supported by experienced veterinary staff, you will grow in confidence, not only in your clinical skills, but in yourself as an individual and as a team member.

What will I be doing?

During your stay, you will develop an understanding in the following areas:

  • Working with wildlife and conservation
  • Managing a game reserve
  • Drugs used to immobilise wildlife
  • Methods of darting and capturing wild animals
  • Common procedures and veterinary treatment for captive and free roaming wildlife
  • Zoonotic and infectious diseases
  • The structure of national parks, reserves and conservancies
  • First aid in the context of wildlife work

In the bush, you will assist, as and when appropriate, with the following aspects of reserve management:

Non-Clinical Skills:

  • Game tracking
  • Wildlife identification
  • Boma building for game capture
  • Game capture planning
  • Carrying out capture of antelope using net and plastic bomas, plus helicopters
  • Successful prey species release
  • Applying tracking devices to wildlife

Clinical Skills:

  • Monitoring animals under transportation
  • Subcutaneous contraceptive implantation
  • Drawing blood from wildlife species such as antelope and lion
  • Blood analysis for heath and disease screening
  • Giving injections to antelope and large carnivores
  • Faecal collection and egg count in many wildlife species
  • Vaccination and deworming of wildlife
  • Deworming elephants
  • Tick control of immobilised and non-anaesthetised animals, including setting up dipping stations and ‘paintball’ dipping giraffe
  • Anaesthesia monitoring in the field
  • Wound treatment and management in wildlife

Please note, the darting of animals in the name of teaching will not be carried out and all clinical work will only be dictated by medical and husbandry needs at the time.


3rd July until 17th July, 2017

31st July until 14th August, 2017


The cost of taking part in the program is GBP 2,700.

What's included:

  • Pre-departure assistance and help with flight bookings
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • A project manager on the ground
  • All transport related to your wildlife work experience, as well as a dedicated team of conservationists and vets to learn from
  • A busy fortnight of wildlife vet work experience
  • Shared accommodation
  • Three meals a day, drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Helicopter ride
  • A full social itinerary, including boat cruises, bush games, movie nights and formal dinners

What's not included:

  • Flights to and from Zimbabwe
  • Personal insurance
  • Your visa for Zimbabwe


You can download the Zim Vet brochure here. If you would like to apply, please email intern@lionalert.org for details.



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