• South Africa
6 weeks

Program Details

Weekly Hours
Age Min.
  • Pre-Vet, Animal Science or Wildlife Management majors
  • Good standing with home college or university
  • Rising senior (undergraduate), or first year graduate student
  • At least 18 years old
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Completed at least two semesters of related coursework


Starting Price
Price Details
OTS offers scholarships to students help minimize the financial impact. Contact us with questions field.practicum@tropicalstudies.org
What's Included
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What's Not Included
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Mar 09, 2023
Mar 13, 2023
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About Program

In partnership with South African National Parks, this field-based practicum focuses on disease ecology, wildlife management, and applied veterinary epidemiology in and around the Kruger National Park. Run with local veterinary scientists, it is designed to provide participants with direct insights into current challenges faced by wildlife conservation in South Africa and veterinary health care in resource-poor, rural agricultural areas. Interactions with field veterinarians and extensive experience in practical and theoretical disease research are key focuses. Land use changes and global climate change could have significant effects on disease epidemiology across a broad range of taxa. This program is designed to provide students with training in techniques for monitoring disease in different vertebrate taxa across land use systems. It will also provide field research experience relevant to conservation and make a contribution to long-term epidemiological monitoring.

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Program Highlights

  • Conduct research in Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest and most famous national park
  • Monitor disease in different vertebrate taxa across various land use systems
  • Contribute to long-term epidemiological monitoring
  • Understand the challenges wildlife veterinarians face in Kruger National Park
  • Rub elbows with wildlife managers, field veterinarians and conservationists

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Yes, I recommend this program

Fun Experience!

The first year I participated in the Disease Ecology and Wildlife Management Field Practicum was completely virtual through Zoom, but the following year I was invited to participate as an alumni/mentor in person in Kruger National Park. The in-person experience is definitely different, in a better way, than the virtual experience although both were very educational. I loved doing the field work and data collection within the park and everyone that I met through OTS and SANParks were super helpful and welcoming.

  • Field Work Experience
  • Good for Future Ecologists and Biologists
  • Awesome Networking Opportunity
  • A Little Disorganized Towards the End
7 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience of my Life

I originally completed a remote-version of this program through Cornell University during the pandemic. I remained in contact with my research mentors and the next summer I was invited back to participate in the field work component of the program.

This experience ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much about African wildlife, met so many amazing friends, and took countless incredible pictures. I would recommend this program to any student interested in conservation.

  • Fieldwork experience
  • Incredibly knowledgeable mentors
  • New friendships/connections
8 people found this review helpful.

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