Wildlife/Game Veterinary Surgeon

OFO No: 225101

What is a Wildlife Veterinarian?

Are you passionate about wildlife? If you said YES, why not consider becoming a Wildlife Veterinarian.

A Wildlife Veterinarian treats wild animals including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

Wildlife Veterinarians can work:

  • from a private office close to wildlife centres
  • in the field
  • at rehabilitation centres
  • zoos or wildlife parks
  • government and private game parks
  • museums
  • aquariums
  • pharmaceutical companies

What does a Wildlife Veterinarian do?

  • sedates wild animals for routine examinations
  • administers vaccines
  • monitors animal behaviour
  • monitor eating patterns
  • examines animals, take blood and other biological samples
  • performs surgery where needed
  • prescribes medicines
  • takes x-rays
  • assists with captive breeding programmes
  • assist wildlife rehabilitators
  • assists with wildlife relocations and introductions
  • performs specialised procedures such as airlifting
  • they may conduct lectures or speak to local communities and organisations
  • develops treatments
  • assists with the import and export of wild animals
  • manages breeding projects
  • conduct contractual research
  • does disease investigation, control and research

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about wildlife?
  • intellectual?
  • empathic and caring?
  • interested in conservation?
  • practical?
  • strong and healthy?
  • willing to work in remote places?
  • willing to work unusual hours?
  • willing to drive long distances?

How do I become a Wildlife Veterinarian?

To study Veterinary Science in South Africa you have to attend the Onderstepoort campus of the UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

  • SAVA: South African Veterinary Association



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
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  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Veterinary Surgeon … or … Animal Health Technician

Is becoming a Wildlife Veterinarian the right career choice for me?