Chintsa East, South Africa
This program was designed for students who have completed at least 1 year of a veterinary course. The program structure is an equal mix of small animal, large animal, and wildlife aspects, as in the Vet Experience program, however, the Vet Student program has more advanced skills and procedures, a smaller group size, and a full-time, highly qualified mixed-practice South African vet. Vet Student volunteers work alongside the vet, seeing a wide range of species, working through clinical cases, and participating in focused discussion groups. This program has a limited number of sessions but vet students are also welcome to join our Vet Experience program!
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USD per session
- Safe and comfortable accommodation
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week)
- Monday airport transfers
- Project-related transportation
- Wi-fi access
- Washing facilities
- Permits & entry fees
- Pre-departure support
- Welcome packet with coupons for local establishments
- Volunteer t-shirt
The program fee also acts as the main support for our non-profit clinic.
- Visa fees (if applicable)
- Travel Insurance
- Weekend activities and trips
GVE volunteers get discounted rates on flights, travel insurance, and weekend activities through our STA Travel partners!
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24 June – 15 July
15 July – 5 August
5 August – 26 August
Limited to 6 volunteers / session
|Monday: Community Outreach: horses, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, dogs (large & small animal)|
|Tuesday: Cattle pregnancy testing & vitamin injections (large animal) + Reptile handling (wildlife)|
|Wednesday: Non-profit small animal clinic (small animal)|
|Thursday: Dart gun introduction/training + Game capture (wildlife)|
|Friday: Spay Day (small animal)|
|Saturday & Sunday: Free time (see Weekend Activities)|
*This is itinerary is for example only- activities are planned according to the needs of the community. Weekly schedules are released at the start of each week and are updated daily to account for new opportunities, vet emergencies, and weather.
- Assisting at our non-profit small animal clinic (1-2 days per week)
- Clinical exams, basic wound care, and treatment
- Community education
- Discussion Topics: in-depth clinical case discussion, aggression, tick-borne disease, TVTs
- Cattle (beef & dairy): Pregnancy testing, dehorning, routine checks, wound care, treatment
- Sheep & goats: Pregnancy scanning, tail docking & castrating lambs, routine checks, wound care, treatment
- Pigs: Artificial insemination, tail docking (piglets), routine checks, wound care, treatment
- Horses: Lameness exams, dental exams, routine checks, wound care, treatment
- Discussion topics: in-depth clinical case discussion, abattoirs, disease control
- Game Capture: Vet Students work closely with the wildlife vet and their capture team to locate, immobilize, transport, and release wildlife, a process also known as “Game Capture”. As with the Vet Experience Program, there will be at least 1 game capture per week but working in a smaller, more experienced group you can expect to be more hands-on and more involved in the clinical aspects.
- Game counts & wildlife identification: Learn about land caring capacity and identify exotic species
- Parasite control: Darting with parasiticides (firearm handling & safety training provided)
- Discussion group topics: conservation, hunting, Five Freedoms
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Chintsa East is the “home base” of the program- Vet Student and Vet Experience volunteers share the volunteer house. The house has 2 bathrooms, 6 bedrooms (2-8 volunteers per room), kitchen, living room, front yard and deck/braai area. Chintsa East is a beach town near many villages, farms and game reserves, which provide access to a wide range of animals and activities. Volunteers stay at one of our Community Project sites 1-2 nights per session. Bedding is provided (sheets, pillows, blankets) and we guarantee safe and comfortable accommodation at all sites.
Meals are simple and nutritious. Breakfast consists of cereal, fruit, eggs, toast, tea, and coffee. Volunteers pack a sandwich lunch at the beginning of each day- options include meat & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, or tuna mayo, along with fruit and juice. Dinner includes a protein, a starch, and at least 1 vegetable. We try to accommodate all dietary preferences- our vegetarian menu has gotten rave reviews!