International Veterinary Exchange Opportunities in Africa - SAVMA IVSA


International Exchange Opportunities for Veterinary Students


SAVMA Chapter of the International Veterinary Student Association



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Veterinary student exchange opportunities are currently available in the following countries:

If you know of additional exchange opportunities, please contact us to let us know the details.


A flexible 3-week exchange program occurs in the months of July and August. As a host country, Egypt provides:

  • Food transportation and accommodation in the hostel of Assuit Universitya;
  • Training programs in buffalos, camels, and companion animals. Egypt is a prominent country in the study of buffalo breeding.
  • Buffalo studies including: internal medicine, infectious diseases of buffalos, surgery, reproductive performance and ultrasonography.
  • Participation in faculty supervised veterinary campaigns during July.
  • Social activities during the exchange period.
  • Optional 4-5 day post-training trips to Luxor city and Hurgada.

For more information visit or contact:
Ahmed Sabet
IVSA Assuit Exchange officer.

South Africa


Eko Tracks

Eko Tracks offers a special interest course designed for students in veterinary science where you will meet and interact with wildlife veterinarians in South Africa. Learn about the crucial role of veterinarians in the growing wildlife industry by participating in game capture operations, field and lab work. This course focuses on wildlife veterinary science, wildlife diseases and medicine, capture and care of wild animals, breeding of rare species, wildlife rehabilitation, ecosystems and biodiversity conservation. Program highlights include:

  • a visit to the Onderstepoort Veterinary School;
  • local community veterinary services and various wildlife rehabilitation centers where orphaned and injured wild animals are cared for and treated;
  • Life in the bush, learning practical bush skills, tracking wildlife on foot and study wildlife behavior;
  • Travel through the spectacular Drakensberg Escarpment while descending to the world famous Kruger National Park and,
  • Participating in rarely experienced hands-on game capture.

Get a head start at this once-in-a-lifetime educational experience and read more on or contact:
Eko Tracks
309 Park Meadow Dr.
Cary, NC 27519, USA
Tel (919) 290-2832
Fax (919) 363-2251

Northern Tuli Predator Project

Underway for nearly two years, the Northern Tuli Predator Project focuses mainly on the study of lions, leopards and wild dogs, but other large carnivores such as the spotted hyena and brown hyena are also incorporated. As I mentioned on the phone I am involved as a private landowner in the Tuli region and am deeply concerned about the demise of the African lion.

The social organization of the lion populations in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (Notugre), Botswana and the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (Venetia), South Africa, are being investigated. Situated only ±20km apart, the Tuli Game Reserve is predominantly unfenced with unrestricted animal movements, as opposed to Venetia, which is completely fenced. Historically, both lion populations face various pressures such as safari hunting, snaring, poisoning and killing due to a perceived conflict with livestock farmers. This has resulted in the lion populations of both areas being highly fragmented, with the majority of the population being comprised of singles and small groups. The typical pride structures seen elsewhere in free-ranging populations are almost non-existent. Yet the lions do persist. As the Tuli lions are severely threatened, we are raising funds to study the effects of human disturbances of this population and to raise conservation awareness for them.

Aims of the project:

  • Determine lion numbers and population structures of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve
  • Compare current population status with that of historical records
  • Determine lion movements - especially male lions via GPS-radio collars
  • Identify factors influencing the lion population

The Tuli Predator Project is offering veterinary students an opportunity to work side by side with researchers doing important predator research in Botswana during the summer of 2010. Students will spend seven days in the remote, privately owned Mashatu Game Reserve in the NE Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana and work with lion and leopard researcher Andrei Snyman.

Students will spend their time with the researchers tracking lion, leopard and wild dog in the Game Reserve. They will gain valuable experience working with predators and the researchers. There are three projects underway -- the Lion Project, Northern Tuli Game Reserve Wild Dog Project and the Leopard Project. For more information, please refer to the Tuli Predator Project web site at to learn more about each project.

SYMCO: International Symposium on Wildlife Utilization in Southern Africa
The International Symposium on Wildlife Utilization in South Africa (ISWU) is a biennial symposium dealing with veterinary involvement in wildlife management. It serves as a platform for leading speakers, both local and international, in the fields of Veterinary and Natural Sciences, to address veterinary students on a host of wildlife management topics and the role of the veterinarian in wildlife utilization. The next SYMCO will be held in the summer of 2011. Please visit the website for updates about dates, applications, and other information.

Wildlife Vets

Wildlife Vets offers courses in conservation medicine, as well as externships and internships in the field of wildlife medicine and conservation. Goals of the program are:

  • Maintain the highest professional and ethical standards in our work with wildlife and towards our clients.
  • Promote a greater number of veterinarians as team members in Conservation Medicine worldwide through service excellence and education.
  • Establish new conservation areas in such a manner to render minimum disease risk and wildlife human conflict at the interface.
  • Promote and participate in research to develop tools and methods ensure that all species of wildlife are treated humanely and compassionately during all wildlife management activities.
  • Recognize our limitations and incorporate specialists from our network to the benefit of conservation.
  • Represent wildlife and conservation on a global scale.

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