Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine: VMPM 496
Session 1: June 15-June 30, 2017
Session 2: July 27-August 11, 2017
Vets Go Wild is a conservation based veterinary module and its objective is to conduct theoretical and practical training focused on the role of veterinary science in the context of African wildlife conservation.
The 16-day module provides a field based wildlife veterinary management program for international veterinary students with an interest and passion for wildlife. The experience is both adventurous and educational with the main emphasis on academic training and practical experience.
Practical elements of the module may include game capture, translocation of game, the reintroduction of species into these reserves, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, animal husbandry at the Born Free Rescue and Education Centre, predator monitoring and much more.
Elements of the theory may include topics such as the history of conservation in Southern Africa, Wildlife habitats, environment & ecology, Wildlife management, Immobilization anesthetics , Diseases and vectors, Conservation medicine, Anatomy & Capture techniques.
The program also provides the students the opportunity to explore Southern Africa’s culture and to enjoy its magnificent hospitality.
Amakhala Game Reserve, located in the malaria free Eastern Cape, will be your home for the duration of your stay. Students will be accommodated on the Game Reserve in one of the Lodges. Amakhala will leave you in awe of life’s abundance, beauty and spectacular scenery. Sunlit grassy savannah plains, a mosaic of Valley Bush veldt plants inclining Aloe from which Amakhala derives its Xhosa name, the gently dappled light of the sand forest, many watering holes and the wide spellbinding Bushman’s River. This is home to a great many African mammals, birds and insects. It will humble and fascinate all the participants.
*In addition to the ISUAbroad application, students need to complete the Vets Go Wild Online Application to sign up with Vets Go Wild. Do not pay any deposits. All charges will go on your U-Bill in April.*
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ISUABROAD AND VETS GO WILD IS JANUARY 15TH, 2017.
Program Fee (Does not include tuition): $7720 (this amount is based on $2800 airfare. Adjust costs accordingly if your ticket price is lower.). Tuition and fees for Summer 2017 is $3013.
Please note: all costs are estimated and could vary widely based on airfare and currency conversion rates.
Eligibility requirements: Must have a 2.5 GPA, must be a current VM2 or VM3 to apply. This trip is not open to VM1 or Pre-Vet students
It is important that you please treat this as an EXAMPLE itinerary only. Due to the uncertain behavior of wildlife, the practical arrangements relevant to the content of this course may vary. Also note that participation in veterinary wildlife “call outs” may take place at random times during the course.
Day 1 Arrivals and transfers to Amakhala Game Reserve Orientation of Camp & its facilities Africa Vet Course overview Guided game drive Opening dinner
Day 2 - Amakhala Morning game walk Lectures: Basic wildlife conservation principles for Africa Vets Introduction to practical conservation management. Re-introductions and sustainable utilization. Afternoon game drive
Day 3 - Amakhala Sunrise solitaire Lectures: Relationships between animals & habitat management. An overview of the Africa Vet role in conservation. Equipment & drugs relevant to veterinary wildlife. Practical on darting and darting practice. Evening into night drive
Day 4 - Amakhala & Surrounding Reserves Bush breakfast. Practical demonstration from an African vet of capture techniques used in antelope Overview of reserve management structures and principles in other conservation areas. Transfer to Camp
Day 5 - Amakhala & Surrounding Reserves Visit to the born free center. Talk on role of the foundation in the rescue and care of African wildlife Tour around the Vets Go Wild center and facilities. Discussion on health & welfare issues associated with captive conditions. Game Drive focused on predator management in the wild. Transfer to Camp
Day 6 - Amakhala & Surrounding Reserves Game drive on Amakhala Focus on specific species & management issues. Mega herbivore and predator issues in management. Transfer to Camp
Day 7 - Amakhala Game drive & practical darting procedure. Lectures: Africa veterinary pharmacology and case study examples Basic capture techniques Immobilization practical Technology in conservation. Practical diurnal telemetry tracking on Amakhala
Day 8 - Addo National Elephant Park Transfer to Addo Overview of park management and policies Different approaches of national parks compared to private game reserves. Visit to animal holding bomas and discussion Transfer to Camp
Day 9 - Amakhala Early morning canoeing/river cruise on Bushmans River Lectures: Diseases relevant to African wildlife The role of parasites & disease in nature. The monitoring and control of disease Vaccination procedures for Africa vets or disease testing practical
Day 10 - Amakhala Lectures: Protected area systems & economics. Alternative ways to utilize wildlife. Biodiversity issues and extinction processes. Night drive: telemetry on nocturnal species
Day 11 - Marine & coastal management Transfer to Port Elizabeth Visit to Port Elizabeth Oceanarium Practical blood sampling and dissection of marine mammals Marine excursion into Algoa Bay and Addo marine reserve.
Day 12 - Surrounding reserves A comparative look at different conservation models and ecosystems. Exercise in adaptive management plans for predators. Practical excursion involving procedures on challenging wildlife species
Day 13 - Amakhala Relocation and holding of animals Stress factors in handling and containment Drugs and facilities Africa vets use to reduce stress Pathology of stress related mortalities
Day 14 - Amakhala & surrounds Socio-economic issues to consider in conservation of African ecosystems. Participation in Africa veterinary wildlife called outs to take place at random times during the course
Day 15 - Amakhala Summary and key issue analysis Game drive on AGR for field discussion Appropriate capture techniques Drug combinations and dosages Vets Go Wild Course written examination Sundowners on Amakhala Vets Go Wild Course farewell dinner.
Day 16 Breakfast Departures & transfers to Port Elizabeth