Professional Veterinary Expeditions

The focus areas of this 15 day course are: Rhino and elephant management, Wildlife genetics and health, Disease control, Livestock and wildlife, Game capture essentials and Embryo transplant in wildlife. This program 20-1089168 is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) to offer a total of 50 CE Credits (50 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 50 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (50 max).

Course Content

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(Please take note that each program is unique and covers the topics listed)

  • Rhinoceros and wildlife management/conservation and the role of veterinary science
  • Elephant management and the role of the veterinarian in population control
  • Priorities in and the handling of clinical wildlife veterinary cases
  • Maintaining wildlife genetics integrity and the functioning of the wildlife veterinary genetics laboratory
  • Managing the wildlife and particularly the overpopulation of elephant in Kruger National Park
  • Managing the vegetation ecology to the benefit of wildlife health in the Kruger National Park
  • The scope of running wildlife veterinary services in Kruger
  • The red line and enzootic area management
  • Diseases share by livestock and wildlife and zoonosis in the region
  • Applied wildlife parasitology
  • Wildlife post mortem and necropsy procedures
  • The pharmacological working of various capture drugs for wildlife
  • Different dartguns for different applications and applicable darts and propelling methods
  • Talks, discussions, demonstrations and hands-on participation in actual game capture operations for purposes of relocation, tagging, diagnostics, vaccination and disease or injury treatment
  • Wildlife conservation value of successful in vitro fertilisation and embryo transfers

"Dear Wouter, I wanted to thank you for a wonderful and well-planned expedition focused on veterinary management of wildlife in South Africa. The combination of lecture, observation, and hands-on learning approaches provided insight as well as experience with the issues faced by wildlife veterinarians and game rangers on a daily basis. The chance to visit 4 different camps also gave us a taste of African culture and hospitality, which is most excellent. I'm not sure which I enjoyed more-the tour of Kruger Park, the opportunity to shoot a dart rifle from a helicopter (I hit the target!), or working with meerkats, mongoose, and Haley the wildebeest at the diagnostic lab. My best to everyone at Ecolife! Linda Turner, DVM (USA)"

"I had an amazing experience- beyond words. So much to see and do and it exceeded my expectations! I did not want it to end. This was an experience of a lifetime and one I will never forget! All the best Julia Block, VMD, Hamilton Animal Hospital, Inc."

What is included

  • Accommodation and transportation for the duration of the program
  • Airport transfers as stated
  • Lectures and course material
  • Permits and entry fees
  • All meals
  • Group activities
  • EXCLUDES - Air travel to and from South Africa


US$4 900 per person sharing
US$500 single supplement

Scheduled departures for 2024

Code Date
PROVET 28 August 25 - September 08
PROVET 29 September 29 - October 13
PROVET 30 October 27 - November 10

Scheduled departures for 2025

Code Date
PROVET 31 March 23 - April 06
PROVET 32 August 24 - September 07
PROVET 33 September 28 - October 12

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Other ways to reach us

Prof Wouter van Hoven:
+27-82 557 3142
Suzanne van Hoven:
+27-82 770 9513

Mailing Address

457 Polaris Avenue
Waterkloof Ridge,