• South Africa
2 to 12 weeks
Animal Science Life Sciences Veterinary Wildlife Sciences

Program Details

Year Round
Weekly Hours
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
If you would like to take part for longer each additional week costs $780. Transfers, accommodation and three meals a day provided. Free Wifi and meal and drinks vouchers for local restaurants.
Advanced courses available for 2nd and 3rd vet students.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
May 25, 2023
Apr 19, 2022
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About Program

This amazing pre-veterinary internship is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This is an opportunity for aspiring veterinary students to get a real hands-on practical experience.

The programme is divided into three main sections. The first experience is with African wildlife where you will be working on games reserves with possibly lions, rhino, antelope, zebra and much more. The second section is working with agricultural livestock which involves improving the well being of animals including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and chickens. Your final area will be working in rural villages to help assist in domestic veterinary clinics.

You will be living in the coastal town of beautiful Chintsa but moving between various projects on reserves, farms and townships which can involve overnight stays. Food is included. This is a great conservation programme with the chance to make a genuine difference and improve the welfare of African animals.

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Program Highlights

  • Get amazing veterinary experience to help prepare you for your studies.
  • Work with a variety of animals in a variety of settings, under the careful eye of the vet and other wildlife experts.
  • Make a genuine contribution to the health and survival of some of Africa's animals.
  • Meet other likeminded participants, keen to learn and explore.
  • Get to know South Africa in your free time.

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Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

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!
36 people found this review helpful.
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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
51 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!
55 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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