Introduction to Wildlife Medicine Course
The " Introduction to Wildlife Medicine" Course is presented to all veterinary students and any student of clinical wildlife science. It touches on all aspects of Conservation Medicine, and comprises of about 20 hours of lectures and 60 hours of practical hands on experience on our research farm, Terra Luna. Since 1999, we have had over 1500 students from 22 different countries attending our courses.
Hands on experiences always remain important to students, and we go out of our way to ensure that the students get enough. Call outs obviously receive priority. Irrespective of the procedure, and guided only by safety aspects, students will participate in procedures like animal restraint, catheter placement, monitoring, administration of drugs, small surgery etc. The tasks will be rotated between students to allow for maximum exposure, and with group sizes controlled within the parameters of the program, most students get ample opportunity.
To expand the experience we may visit several projects that are complimentary to Conservation Medicine, such as disease free buffalo breeding projects, crocodile breeding farms, a cheetah breeding centre and a wildlife rehabilitation centre. We also visit the Kruger National Park - South Africa's most well known National Park.
To maximize the benefit of clinical procedures, they are accompanied by a preparation lecture and a good discussion afterwards. Students are invited to participate. Time is also dedicated to specific topics of relevance, disease management and controversial aspects such as culling and contraception, and this often leads to interesting debates. Global issues are addressed and students are stimulated to think, express and defend their opinions.
* Applied Physiology, pharmacology and drugs used in wildlife
$3200.00 US - 2012 (Non-refundable deposit to secure seat $1200.00 US)
Reservations are based on first come, first serve basis.
* Pick up and drop off at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)
* Airfares: Participants will need to fly to Johannesburg International Airport, and then either take a connecting flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), or a shuttle bus to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Participants will be transported to Terra Luna Lodge either from KMIA or the bus stop in Nelspruit, on the specified arrival and departure days of courses. Should a participant arrive on an unscheduled day, he/she will be liable for an additional cash transfer fee of R250.00 p/person p/trip.
* Bar tab: Although juices and water are supplied, other soft drinks, bottled water and alcoholic beverages from the bar will be for your own account.
Terms and conditions
No previous wildlife experience is necessary.
* Courses are open but not limited to 12 participants.
* Applicants must have a high level of mental and physical fitness;