Our non-profit clinic provides critical veterinary care to small animals (mostly dogs) in the Chintsa area. Our Community Project extends this care to small and large animals in disadvantaged communities throughout the Eastern Cape. In the clinic, students help our Program Vets with pre-op, surgery, and recovery. The goal of our spay/neuter campaign is to create a smaller and healthier population of animals in villages with no means or access to veterinary care. Students also spend 2-3 days (1-2 nights) at one of our community sites, during which the group examines and treats several hundred animals. This may be under the direct supervision or on behalf of a Program Vet- training is provided for all levels of experience and a Program Coordinator is assigned to each group of students for support and advice.
The Wild Coast Veterinary Clinic is a non-profit institution that services the animals of the Chintsa Village and surrounding area by treating various injuries and illnesses such as Mange, Biliary, Transmissible Venereal Tumors, open wounds and abscesses. Basic spay and neuter surgeries should decrease the prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, aggression, and malnourishment.
Students shadow our Program Vet through patient care, in-house lab work, and surgery. Students are involved in each case from history to diagnosis to treatment and recovery. Students observe and assist throughout each surgery and practice suturing on simulation skin pads.
At least 1 day within a 2-week period
Animals in remote areas are by far the most in need of veterinary care- through our community project, we serve animals with no access to veterinary medicine throughout the Eastern Cape. Students perform clinical exams and administer treatment for parasites, tick-borne diseases, minor wounds, and infection. Students also learn about Xhosa culture and customs while working in the community. The majority of our small animal experience is through our Community Projects.
At least 3 days within a 2-week period
NOTE: Wildlife, large animal, and small animal experience are all covered within a 2-week period, however, activities are planned according to the needs of the community so we cannot guarantee which species or activities will be offered at any given time.