Wildlife Medicine Course 2024

Our Wildlife Medicine Course is now open for new applications

Wildlife Medicine Course Overview:

Our two-week wildlife course will give vet students a hands-on introduction to veterinary medicine in Malawi. The focus is on wildlife, including primates, and other domestic and working animals such as dogs and possibly donkeys and farm animals.

Students will be taught by veterinarians from two of Malawi’s leading animal welfare organizations, learning though both lectures and wet labs. 

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Wildlife Medicine Course Details:

Wildlife section:
Under the instruction of the veterinary team, you’ll have a chance to learn about parasitology, haematology, primate infectious and non-infectious diseases, emergency management, rehabilitation, pharmacology, medication, suture patterns in wildlife, remote capture systems, and key conservation issues.

You’ll assist with the project’s annual health monitoring programme for primates, which includes physical exams, patient monitoring, and sample collection and analysis.

Dogs/companion animals/ larger domestic animals:
The SPCA field clinics are a hands-on opportunity for you to gain practical experience in companion animal surgery and anaesthesia. You will actively participate in anaesthesia and surgical procedures, under the close supervision of the experienced veterinarians and nursing team. 

This hands-on experience will allow you to learn proper surgical techniques, through observation and assisting. As you gain confidence and proficiency, you will perform the surgeries yourself as well and learn how to administer and monitor anaesthesia in a field setting.

In addition to spaying and neutering surgeries, the field clinics are a great opportunity to provide primary care to the sick animals presented. Cases are varied and you may have the opportunity to encounter a variety of cases, such as transmissible venereal tumors, babesiosis, and distemper.

Course dates: 19th August – 2nd September 2024

Open to: students currently studying Veterinary Medicine or a vet-related qualification.

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi.


You will sleep in the newly built volunteer house alongside Vet Interns and Malawi Wildlife Sanctuary volunteers in the heart of Lilongwe. The volunteer house accommodates 17 people in six rooms. There are comfortable single beds sleeping either two, three or four per room (same gender sharing). There is a fully equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a large living room and separate gender bathroom facilities.


All meals served will be vegetarian. Any special dietary requirements should be communicated to us at time of booking. 

Price: £1,800 GBP per person

Price includes: accommodation, vegetarian meals, unlimited water, tea and coffee and airport transfers from Lilongwe. Plus all work-related transport, course activities, a local SIM card, two T-shirts and a surgical cap.

All other expenses will be your responsibility. This includes: flights, visas, vaccinations, a TB scan, and any excursions, souvenirs, nights outs, snacks and other personal expenses.

Get in touch now to book your place!

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