In the renowned Shamwari Game Reserve, you can get a chance to work in conservation-related efforts as part of a comprehensive pre-Vet School course that will enhance opportunities for acceptance into a veterinary school. You will gain an educational and experiential edge few others possess-the experience of having spent weeks working with the very animals organisations around the world are trying to save from extinction. Not only will you gain proficiency in the procedures and methods required of a seasoned veterinarian, you will also return home with many unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
Working on Large Carnivores
Among the foremost aspects of your training is handling potentially dangerous wildlife. Large carnivores, such as the lion, cheetah, or tiger, can be intimidating. The first natural response whenever humans encounter such powerful predators is to flee-and it makes sense. But if you’re dreaming about becoming a full-fledged veterinarian someday, then fleeing is the least desirable trait you can show to those who will judge whether or not you’re a fit vet school candidate!
At the Shamwari Game Reserve, those who undertake the Vet Eco Safari Experience get a chance not only to work in conservation-related desk jobs, but also handle the actual, day-to-day challenges-and what can be a bigger challenge than putting your life on the line in every encounter with a large carnivore? Among the vital life-saving (note that you will not only save your life, but also that of the endangered species!) skills you will learn is how to properly and competently immobilise large predators living on the reserve; how to monitor their vital signs and spot any indication of danger; and how to administer the necessary drugs.
Invaluable Actual Field Exposure
Make no mistake about it: getting a chance to work in conservation efforts within the umbrella of the Shamwari Game Reserve’s pre-Vet School course would not leave you tied to a school desk. You will be out there in the field doing what everybody is doing: saving and conserving wildlife. The practical experience, of course, includes the chance to work under the direct guidance and supervision of Shamwari’s wildlife department
Breeding, Humane Treatment and Rehabilitation
Most importantly, however, participating in the Shamwari Game Reserve’s pre-Vet School course will impart with you the deep knowledge of how animals live and thrive in a world dominated by humans. Having a chance to work in conservation efforts, specifically as part of the Pre-Vet Eco Experience in the reserve, will ensure you have a direct contribution to the day-to-day management of the breeding centre (which includes responsibilities such as identification and mapping of breeding areas, closely tracking animal numbers, and managing water points). You will also learn first-hand what it takes to have injured animals undergo the necessary rehabilitation so that they can be safely re-introduced to the wild after recovery.