Thursday, 7 August 2014

Pre-Vet Students get Hands-on Experience in South Africa

While volunteering with the Pre-Vet program, through VA32 we get to see and do so many fun things!

Here are a few of the tasks we've done over the past few weeks:

When working with the wildlife, we have gone on several game captures at one of the few local game reserves, mPongo. While at mPongo, we get to drive around on the game drive looking at all the animals: giraffes, zebras, nyalas, waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, lions, monkeys, elephants, bushbucks, and many more!

We've taken part in capturing zebras, giraffes, nyalas, impalas, lions...all within the past few weeks!
Capturing a giraffe
Capturing a zebra

An impala capture
When we are done with our long days of carrying animals through the bush on stretchers, we get to relax by the fire. We get to know one another, and get closer as a family while we wait for our dinner to cook!

Our Pre-Vet family of volunteers around the fire :)

Treating a zebra that had screw-worm
On occasion, we get called for special cases with the animals. We have worked with a horse with anaphylactic shock, cows that have lost considerable weight, and even a zebra with a lame leg due to screwworm.

We also work with agricultural animals. Our pre-vets have loads of fun doing things they've never done before with livestock species. They learned how to flip sheep properly, how to artificially inseminate pigs, inject vitamins to sheep and cattle, as well as checking for a calf inside a pregnant cow.

Tyler flipping a sheep

Mads injecting a sheep

The Pre-Vet team artificially inseminating pigs

Savannah getting ready to inject

Pregnancy testing is a messy business!

Our Pre-vet team after a long day of pregnancy testing cows...
Keep Calm and Glove Up!

When we can, we try to go to the East London Zoo to help out. That is when we do zoo enrichment. We help around the zoo, locating different things that could be changed for a better quality of life for the animals. For many of the animals at the zoo, we have to figure out a way to stimulate their minds and keep them occupied. It gives our volunteers the chance to get creative and come up with ideas that can really benefit the animals. We have come up with a few ideas like creating paper mache balls to put meat on, water bottles full of scents to spray around encloses, removing branches to allow for more sunlight, toys for the birds and puzzle feeders for the monkeys. 

Lindsay and Elizabeth making the paper
mache balls
A tiger going for a swim to fish the pumpkin
out of the water

Francesca petting the giraffe

Look out more more of our adventures in our next blog! 


Ashley & the Pre-Vet Team

If you are interested in getting hands-n experience in Pre-vet work with South African wildlife, vosot our website to find our more about The African Pre-Vet Experience.

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