veterinary courses

why choose us for a veterinary course

sawv signature course

Attending our SAWV course might just be one of your best experiences ever. During your stay here we will try get you to help out in as much hands on conservation work as possible, as we believe that the best way to learn is in the field.

sawv veterinary course

The SAWV course is our main course presented by SA WorldVets, and is most probably the one you will opt for unless you have special requirements, then please enquire about other courses.

Attending our SAWV course might just be one of your best experiences ever. During your stay here we will try get you to help out in as much hands on conservation work as possible, as we believe that the best way to learn is in the field. Out set operations could be inquired about closer to the time as we usually only book up to two weeks in advance seeing that we are working with wildlife.

Your stay here would be a combination of hands on work infield, lectures and visits to places like the Kruger National Park, rehab centers and other great South African places. Agendas for your course will always be changing as emergencies shoot up quite regularly out here in the bush and one should be ready for any change.

veterinary course
dates & fees 2024

Courses are limited to XX attendees, book your spot via our convenient online process. Contact us directly for group discounts.

Please note we are able to customize new course dates, get in touch with us for more details.

$3,300 per student

veterinary course includes

We also want our students to gain a greater understanding of conservation as a whole (and have some time to relax and enjoy a bit of South Africa’s world famous tourism), so we like to include as many of the following excursions as possible:

Course Excludes:

frequently asked questions

Please find below the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions prior to booking. If you have other questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us on / (emergencies)
You will also receive a collection of documents (including a “General information”, indemnity form etc.) on confirmation of your booking which will include further information on clothing, needed medication/ vaccinations etc.
More information will also be provided in the documents that you will receive once your place on a course is confirmed (i.e. after your deposit has been received).

Yes, SAWorldVets cater for anyone who has a love and passion for Africa and its iconic wildlife. Whilst SA WorldVets courses cater predominately for Veterinary students, Pre- Veterinary students and Venurses we do accept non- veterinary students to our courses. Please note that non-veterinarians/veterinary students will be unable to perform veterinary procedures.

There are two options to get from OR Tambo to Hoedspruit, Limpopo – the closest town to SAWorldVets.

The first step is to book a connecting flight to Eastgate Airport, just outside of Hoedspruit with South African Express Airlines. SAWorldVets will then collect you from the airport and transport you to SAWorldVets Lodge where you will be staying.

Please ensure sufficient time between your arrival from your international flight and your transferring flight to Hoedspruit to ensure that you do not miss your second flight.

A cheaper alternative to the connecting flight is to book a seat on the Swift Kruger Shuttle or Ashtons Shuttle Service. Shuttles is usually 70 USD one way.

SA WorldVets will be happy to book your seat on one of the above shuttles on your behalf, so please contact us directly on if you would like to make use of the shuttle. Please keep in mind that shuttle seats are limited so they need to be booked in advance to ensure a seat.
Cost with Kruger Park Shuttles is usually 130$ return tickets.

SAWorldVets students predominately stay at a lodge near Gravelotte’ town. The lodge has four spacious individual chalets, each accommodating four students, and each chalet is en-suite (which means one bathroom per four students in a fully booked course). In order to cater for the majority, separate male and female accommodation is provided.
In addition to the four chalets, the main lodge building houses the kitchen, a communal dining room and a large patio with an outdoor fire pit where students spend most of their evenings, talking under the evening stars by a roaring fire after a busy day in the bush.
The Lodge is situated on a Game Reserve which is home to a variety of antelope species and other small game such as vervet monkeys, baboons, caracal, servals, genets, civets, porcupines, honey badgers etc. Leopard are also occasionally seen on the farm.

Yes, SA WorldVets cater to most dietary preferences. Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any dietary preferences to ensure that we can cater appropriately.
Please note that this is not limited to informing us whether you are vegan, vegetarian etc. but also to individual dietary preferences such as no red meat, fish etc.

A 500$ deposit is required to book your place on one of the SA WorldVets courses. Please take note that SAWorldVets works on a strictly first come first served basis and without your deposit, we will be unable to guarantee your place on one of our courses.
The deposit is non refundable.

No, only the 500$ deposit is due when you place your booking (booking will not be confirmed without this deposit). The remaining course fee is due one calendar month prior to the start date of your course (i.e. if your course starts on the 24th April, the outstanding amount needs to be paid before the 24th March).

The remaining course fee is due one-two calendar months prior to the start date of your course (i.e. if your course starts on the 24th April, the outstanding amount needs to be paid before the 24th March).

Only direct bank payment / transfers will be accepted.

Bank name – First Rand Bank
( First National Bank)

Global business account
Account number :


Branch name : Hoedspruit
Branch Code: 270652

Please discuss your visit to South Africa with your personal physician and always follow their recommendations for recommended vaccinations and needed medication.
Malaria is endemic to the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo (where SA WorldVets is based) so please consult a health-care professional for the latest advice and recommendation on an appropriate malaria prophylaxis for your visit to South Africa.
Rabies does occur in wild animals so there is a risk that you could be exposed to this disease and Rabies vaccination is routinely recommended for those working with animals in South Africa. Please discuss this risk with your personal physician and follow their recommendations.

The course fee for the SA WorldVets signature course will be 3300 USD in 2024.

Group bookings discount to be discussed with Susan Osmers via mail for any group bookings.

You may well require a visa to travel to, and between countries within, southern Africa. This will depend on the nationality of your passport and the country (or countries) you’re travelling to. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check your visa requirements and arrange all the necessary paperwork before travelling, as we cannot take any responsibility for you not being able to enter the country.
For information about visas for South Africa go to the South African government’s home affairs website – visa page.

Gravelotte is a small town situated in the east of the Limpopo province of South Africa Mostly sunshine, long , hot summer days with pleasant winters.

The summer months, September – March, have an average temperature of 28 °C (82 °F) – and winter months around 15 °C (59 °F). Rainfall averages from around 800 mm per year in town to over 1500 mm per year in the mountains.

Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year when on safari or a Wildlife veterinarian Course in Africa. Whilst you may elect to start a completely new safari ‘wardrobe’ it is really not necessary to look like an extra on the set of Out of Africa!

Apart from selecting reasonably neutral or ‘non-bright’ colored clothing, safari-wear is generally casual and practical. Be sure you take clothes that you feel comfortable in – especially when it comes to your walking/ working / hiking boots. The newer quick-drying fabrics, shirts with ventilation is a good choice.

Wearing clothes in layers is the most practical way to cope with fluctuating day/night temperatures and cool evenings whilst on safari. As the day warms up you can peel off another layer. Then as it begins to cool toward evening, you can put them back on. Here’s the “must-haves” to pack for your safari:

Keep in mind
* T-shirts , shirts or blouse.
* Long sleeves and collars help to protect from the sun and mosquitoes
* Fleece or a warm jacket needed – for evenings and early mornings.
* Comfortable walking shoes , trainers (or boots) and socks
* Hat / Cap
* Bandanna or cotton scarf
* Maybe a pair of open sports sandals for general daytime use in warmer months
* Swimsuit –  a number of lodges and camps have swimming pools
* One casual outfit for dinner at Restaurant
* Phone
* Medication
* Insect repellent
* Sunscreen
* Camera
* Travel insurance documents
* Passport
* Glasses / lenses


Kindly complete your booking enquiry and a SA WorldVets representative will be in contact with you to confirm your booking and process your payment to reserve your spot in our exciting veterinary course.

Banking details

Only direct bank payment / transfers will be accepted.

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