Are you studying veterinary or wanting to be a vet or veterinary nurse? It’s always helpful to gain valuable experience, and get the edge in your field. Then take a look at what a University group of vets have been up to at the Shamwari Conservation Volunteer project.
Shamwari Conservation Volunteer
Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is a world famous and well-established reserve, striving to conserve the wildlife and their environment, with the aim of establishing long-term sustainable solutions to the conflict between the modern world and the natural environment of the region.
Zebra moving day
A lucky group of vets from the University of Glasgow have recently been visiting the Shamwari Conservation Volunteer project, to gain some practical experience in working with wild animals. On their first day they took part in a Zebra dart so that they could move the Zebras to a new reserve. The students were in charge of monitoring the animals’ heart rate and breathing, and also had to help load the heavy animals into their transport trailer. As well as this, they were taught which drugs to use and the difference between wild and farm animal capture.
Fertile or Sterile elephant bulls?
The vet group then got involved in the darting of two Elephant bulls. The bulls are patients in a fertility research project, aiming to find a way of making selected elephant bulls sterile, in order to manage and limit herd numbers. The young vets monitored the Elephants’ breathing and heart rates. The drug that is being used in the trial has lowered the sperm count considerably with every collection. This is great news for Africa’s Elephant population, as this could mean the end of Elephant culling in overpopulated areas.
How to get the veterinary edge?
If you’re interested in veterinary, and want to gain valuable experience in working with wild animals, just email Gemma@amanzitravel.com or give us a call on on +44 (0)117 253 0888, to find out how you could become a Shamwari Conservation Volunteer.