Wildlife Veterinary Medicine Experience

wildlife veterinary medicine experienceLearn all about wild animal medicine with our Wildlife Veterinary Medicine Experience intensive 7 day course based in Malawi.

Upcoming course dates: 15th August 2016, 15th November 2016,
13th June 2017 &1st August 2017.

About the Wildlife Veterinary Medicine Experience…

This intensive 7 day experience is designed especially to give you a hands-on introduction to wildlife veterinary medicine. Based at one of Africa’s top rehabilitation facilities under the instruction of Malawi’s leading wildlife veterinarian you will be taught through both lectures and wet labs. You’ll also be helping out with the annual health monitoring programme, which includes physical exams, patient monitoring, and sample collection and analysis. Space in each course is limited to just 6-8 participants to allow for individual instruction and maximal participation. You are also invited to extend your stay at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre to gain sanctuary and captive care experience. Vet students please note that this course can count towards EMS (Extra Mural Studies).

Programme Summary

DAY 1: Arrival, sanctuary orientation and introductions.

DAY 2: Lectures & wet labs in parasitology, hematology & observations in primate infectious & non-infectious diseases, emergency management.

DAY 3: Primate health checks. Lecture/lab in avian exams & procedures. 

DAY 4: Primate health checks.  Lecture/lab in avian small mammal rehabilitation, pharmacology and medication techniques.

DAY 5: Primate health checks.  Lecture/lab in suture patterns in wildlife. 

DAY 6: Lecture and practical lab in remote capture systems. Travel to Wildlife Reserve. Game drive. 

DAY 7: Conservation round table discussion and game drive. Return to Lilongwe, farewell supper. 

DAY 9: Summary and departure.

Full itinerary is available here: Vet course sample itinerary.



Staying Longer…

Course participants are offered a discounted rate to join any of the following volunteer programmes:

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre volunteer

Veterinary Externship

Primate Research volunteer

About Dr Amanda Salb…      

Amanda received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University, US, in 2004.  For the next seven years she practiced in the United States and Canada in a variety of settings focusing on zoo and exotic animal medicine.  She received her Master of Science studying Wildlife Epidemiology in 2011, and went on to work as a project manager and instructor for local conservation NGO’s in Belize, Botswana, and Namibia. After completing the course on the Chemical & Physical Restraint of Wild Animals in Zimbabwe, Amanda came to Malawi as Lilongwe   Wildlife Centre’s veterinarian.  As the only in-country veterinarian trained in the capture of wildlife, she now runs the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit and spends the majority of her time in the national parks dealing with anything from snared rhino and elephant to collaring of lions and relocating hyenas.

Course details…

HOW MUCH?  USD1760/GBP1100.  Incl. food, accommodation, airport transfers, course materials, t shirt and certificate. Excludes flights. Additional weeks at partner projects available at a discounted rate of GBP450/wk (or GBP350/wk for 5+ wks).

QUESTIONS & HOW TO APPLY? Please email lilongwewildlife@gmail.com or call 00 265 993 800289.

Download the PDF information sheet here