Wildlife Veterinary Medicine and Rehabilitation

Volunteer Int. Adventures
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High­lights

Some of the species treated include owls, bats, raptors, mongooses, pangolins, serval, genets, bushbabies, hedgehogs, garden birds, water birds, reptiles, honey badgers and otters
Regularly veterinary students and nurses are trained in the approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife by the onsite qualified wildlife veterinary doctor.
The rehabilitation aspect is run and overseen by a wildlife rehabilitation specialist, aided by permitted, trained team members. You will assist them with food prep and closure cleaning onsite.
If you are studying veterinary medicine, this project can be used as an internship as the veterinary doctor is qualified to sign off on practical credit documentation.
Witness surgeries, examinations, x-rays and medical treatments, depending on patients in care and assist with animal enrichments for those in undergoing rehabilitation
Assist a top wildlife veterinary medicine doctor and a highly experienced wildlife rehabilitation expert in their daily duties treating rescued indigenous wildlife. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen

Assist a team of an experienced full-time wildlife rehabilitation specialist and a wildlife veterinary doctor at this fantastic wildlife veterinary hospital treating indigenous small to medium sized South African wildlife. All the wildlife treated and rehabilitated, are wild without owners and once healthy and mature enough, will be released back into a safe natural environment to be free as nature intended.

Some of the species treated include owls, bats, raptors, mongooses, pangolins, serval, genets, bushbabies, hedgehogs, garden birds, water birds, reptiles (tortoises, snakes and monitor lizards), honey badgers and otters — to name but a few.

Often injured and compromised wildlife are taken to the nearest veterinary practice for treatment. Frequently, the veterinarian on duty does not have the expertise, the time, or the resources to treat a particular species and as a result these animals often get inadequate care (medical, dietary and husbandry). Even 24-hour veterinary facilities are not equipped to handle wildlife longterm, as this- in particular rehabilitation- is not their specialty.

So a veterinary facility that only treats indigenous wildlife on a full-time basis was established. The rehabilitation aspect of the hospital is run and overseen by a wildlife rehabilitation specialist, aided by permitted, trained team members. Regularly veterinary students and nurses are trained as well as experienced veterinarians in the approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife by the onsite qualified wildlife veterinary doctor. For those studying veterinary medicine, this project can be used as an internship as the veterinary doctor is qualified to sign off on practical credit documentation.

Volunteers allow the project to grow as a facility by taking on more patients and a greater workload. The project is busiest in the summer months, December, January and February, and baby season which is Spring, September, October and November, but requires assistance all year round.

While the project is a veterinary hospital first-and-foremost, a large portion of the work done consists of wildlife rehabilitation, cleaning and food preparation – husbandry. As wildlife is treated for free and funds are limited to employ local staff, volunteers are relied on to help with this work.

Volunteers assist with 6 days on and 1 day off a week.

Volunteers WILL be required to assist with cleaning inside cages and outside enclosures. This involves removing old food and faeces and replacing contaminated blankets and straw.
Volunteers WILL be required to assist with food preparation. This involves chopping vegetables for tortoises and other herbivores, sorting insects for our insectivores, and chopping day-old chicks, rats, mice and other ‘wild’ meat for our carnivores and omnivores.

Depending on the work load, volunteers MAY:

  • assist with animal enrichments for those in undergoing rehabilitation
  • have the opportunity to handle, hold, or assist with the treatment of some of the patients.
  • have the opportunity to witness surgeries, examinations, x-rays and medical treatments, depending on the patients currently in care. Those studying or qualified in veterinary medicine, will be able to assist the veterinary doctor in procedures.
  • have the opportunity to witness or assist with gavaging (tube-feeding) birds that are too young or too sick to feed themselves.

Volunteers need to be enthusiastic, hard-working, and eager to learn. Over the busiest seasons of summer and baby season, volunteers are required to work extra hard, often without breaks. If you have any physical limitations, please let us know beforehand, so that we can adjust the jobs assigned to you accordingly.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Daily schedule

07:00- have a fresh start, shower and enjoy a good breakfast

08:10- start the brisk 2-minute walk to the veterinary facility with other volunteers

08:15- arrive and wait for the the staff to open the gate. The hospital opens at 08:00 in the week and 09:00 on weekends and volunteers need to arrive 15 minutes after opening time.

12:00 to 12:30- have a quick break and enjoy your packed lunch

17:00- its closing time and time to walk back to the guesthouse with other volunteers. In summer when very busy, you may be asked to assist a little later. Summers are hot so a perfect time to also take a dip in the pool before dinner

18:00- time for a great hearty dinner and relaxing time with other volunteers.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

Although Johannesburg is not the capital of South Africa, it is the largest business hub with a very large buzzing population. It is easy to organise an Uber to take you to local shopping malls on your days off or alternatively we can assist you with a private tour to local wildlife reserves, like the Pilansburg Wildlife reserve, on your day off to view the Big 5.  There are plenty of interesting attractions for those wanting to learn more about South Africa's history and many cultures like tours to the Apartheid Museum, the Cradle of Mankind, Gold Reef City or Vilakazi Street in Soweto, the home of three noble peace prizewinners. It is also very easy to travel from Johannesburg after your project to Cape Town, Durban, Kruger National Park or other parts of South Africa

......or even catch a short flight to Victoria Falls to catch this must-see natural wonder of the world.

Concert/
Muziek
Wandelen
Paardrijden
Safari/
Zoo
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Bezienswaardigheden
Sport
Yoga/
Meditatie

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
This project is suited for those qualified or studying veterinary medicine, zoology, conservation or any related subject. It is a serious project and best for those looking for practical credit for their career
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zaterdag van 08:00 - 17:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Volunteer Int. Adventures
The cost of the project includes 3 hearty meals a day, accommodation shared with only one other volunteer, meeting you at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, airport transfers on arrival and return, a donation to your project, pre-departure support and admin and in-country staff
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op O.R. Tambo International Airport
You will need to fly into OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for your collection during daytime only where you will be met by your driver with your name on a board at the Arrivals entrance to take you to your volunteer accommodation. 
Accomodatie
The volunteer accommodation is a wonderful family run guesthouse, a 2-minute walk from the centre itself on a secluded street in an access controlled quiet suburb on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The property is large with a leafy natural setting and incredible bird life. It has full 24/7 monitored security, armed response and the owners and their dogs live on the property with you, other guests and volunteers. Rooms have shared bedrooms and bathrooms with one other- or can be upgraded to a single for a small surcharge. Shared bedrooms for couples and friends can be organised. There is a kitchen for your meals and a pool to cool off in those hot sunny days. There are braai facilities. Rooms have tea and coffee stations. There is a lounge to watch satellite TV in the evenings. It is up to the volunteers to keep their living spaces tidy. Linen is provided. Laundry services are available for a surcharge. There is free WIFI. Volunteers walk the short stretch with other volunteers to the project base in the mornings and evenings.
Guesthouse
Eten & Drank
 Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and are traditional South African style... which of course means large portions. Breakfast is from 07:00 and is a choice of cereals, toasts and spreads and a cooked breakfast. Lunch is a packed meal and dinners are a hearty cooked meal in the dining area with others served from 18:00. Vegetarian meals can be catered for too. 
Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Zuid-Afrika.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Zuid-Afrika biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Zuid-Afrika dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Zuid-Afrika.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

You choose your start and finish dates although we advise you to arrive on a weekend to settle in for a Monday start. The airport you need to fly into and depart from is OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. Arrival flights must land by 16:00 at the latest. Your check-in to your accommodation is from 14:00 and it is at least a 40 minute drive from OT Tambo International airport to your accommodation. You will be met at the International Arrivals entrance by your driver with your name on a board.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
2 - 12 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
$1.135
3 weken
$1.625
4 weken
$2.116
5 weken
$2.606
6 weken
$3.096
7 weken
$3.586
8 weken
$4.076
9 weken
$4.567
10 weken
$5.057
11 weken
$5.547
12 weken (max. verblijf)
$6.037
Gemiddelde kosten
$535 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in GBP. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. Volunteer Int. Adventures zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Volunteer Int. Adventures gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Volunteer Int. Adventures jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Volunteer Int. Adventures

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Wildlife Veterinary Medicine and Rehabilitation

Assist a top wildlife veterinary medicine doctor and a highly experienced wildlife rehabilitation expert in their daily duties treating rescued indigenous wildlife.

$415/week

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