• South Africa
Program Tags
Conservation Wilderness
Financial Support
General grants/scholarships, Payment plans
Health & Safety


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Price Details
Veterinary experiences and pre-vet internships for college available.
Feb 01, 2024
Apr 19, 2022
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About Program

Explore unique opportunities with our veterinary projects, tailored for aspiring vets, vet nurses, and qualified professionals seeking a distinctive experience. Choose between specialized veterinary programs or more generalized animal care and management. Engage in hands-on work with exotic animals, and contribute to domestic or livestock care. Whether you're pursuing a veterinary career or simply passionate about animal welfare, our programs offer a diverse and enriching experience.

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Oyster Worldwide is passionate about the importance of responsible travel. We want our projects to fit in with the local way of life, without having a negative impact on the environment, culture or economy. This means that we will only send participants to places where there is a real need and where we have been asked to work. Once there, they should fit in with the community, respecting their way of life and supporting, rather than taking, local jobs.
Find out more here: https://www.oysterworldwide.com/about-us/our-policies/responsible-travel-policy/

Program Highlights

  • Expert Guidance: Work closely with professionals on game reserves, farms, and veterinary clinics.
  • Diverse Animal Care: Gain hands-on experience with a range of animals, from wildlife to farm and domestic animals.
  • Explore South Africa: Discover the beauty of South Africa during your free time.
  • Global Connections: Interact with participants worldwide, forming lasting connections.
  • Boost Your Career: Enhance your journey by adding a conservation career course, providing valuable skills for job applications post-trip.

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Embark on a Wildlife Adventure: With enthusiasm and no experience necessary, join our African veterinary experience, shadowing veterinarians and wildlife specialists in their day-to-day activities. Ideal for those eager to earn about exotic game. Home to the iconic Big 5 and hundreds of other species, this reserve offers a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and witness incredible creatures up close. Enrich your journey with game drives and conservation efforts combined!

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Experience hands-on veterinary learning with our pre-vet internship, immersing you in the life of a mobile vet abroad. Divided into four sections, your days will vary:
Wildlife Veterinary Experience: Work in game reserves with iconic African animals.
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Veterinary Internship in South Africa

An incredible experience that I will cherish for life. South Africa is a stunning country! I took part in farm work, community outreach projects, work in the zoo and aquarium, and game capture. I had support from beginning to end, and all of my questions were answered.
The practical experience gained was fantastic, something that will stand me in very good stead for university. I made new friends, and gained so much confidence both in meeting new people and travelling solo.
Weekends were free to do whatever you wanted so you had plenty of time to explore and have fun. Would definitely recommend!

  • Practical veterinary experience
  • Travel and cultural experience
  • Support and safety
  • Having to say goodbye at end!
81 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Pre Vet Internship South Africa

The staff were really supportive and interactive. Very hands on, full of practical opportunities and staff that really cared about your experience. I would really recommend this placement to anyone that is contemplating a career in vet meds or as a vet nurse. Opportunities you wouldn’t get anywhere else in my opinion and the social life of the placement is great and you get to know so many different people from across the world and also the local people are fantastic and are very helpful. If i ever have the chance i would like to go back!

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was perfect, I feel that there are no changes that need to apply
98 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience and amazing people

I had such an amazing time in South Africa thanks to Oyster Worldwide. All the logistics and organization of the trip were handled so well I was able to just focus on my project and making the most of my time in South Africa. Additionally, the opportunity provided by Oyster to shadow a vet in that setting was one of a kind and one of the best experiences of my life. On top of all that I met some amazing people and forged friendships with people that I still keep in touch with. None of this would have been possible if not for Oyster Worldwide!

What would you improve about this program?
It was perfect!
101 people found this review helpful.
Response from Oyster Worldwide

Hi Maya,
Thank you so much for your kind words, so pleased your found this program fun and educational! :)

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