Volunteering in Wildlife Vet Programme

Update posted by WingKa Yuen On Aug 08, 2017

It's been 3 days since I've come back from South Africa and I have to say I really miss being in the bush. Throughout those 2 weeks I was able to work with or witness work on wildebeest, lions, spotted hyenas, rhinos, a zebra and different type of antelope (and with a bit of luck I can even differentiate between them). We were also lucky enough to see an elephant, buffalo, cheetah, donkeys, jackals and a brown hyena.

I mostly got to help with giving injections and monitoring the breathing when transporting animals but I also got to see how the vet darted the animals (taking note of the drugs used) and some more severe wound management. Getting to see some rhino notchings was super cool as well (not to mention we were lucky enough and got to take the helicopter back). In addition to that I also witnessed some post mortem investigations of nyala antelope. When there was nothing to do out in the field I helped out in the small animal clinic that belonged to the vet.

In all honesty I did hope to be able to do more wildlife work but I understand that these things are difficult to plan ahead and I was able to practice a lot of small animal clinical skills and see cases that differed drastically from what you would see in Hong Kong.

While I was there I also got to meet people working at the clinic who were so friendly and took such great care of us. They might not realise it but they really played a big part in making this trip so fun and memorable. Through them I also got some insight to their culture and how the people in a country of different races interacted with each other which was quite eye-opening for me.

Overall I can say that this trip wasn’t the most smooth sailing placement I’ve been on but it was definitely worth it and a great learning experience. Waking up before the sun, jumping on and off the back of trucks, walking through prickly bushes, and of course, being able to work with some of the most amazing animals is certainly something I could see myself doing for a career. I know that what I experienced can only be a glimpse of what the job entails but it has definitely increased both my desire towards working as a wildlife vet in the future and my interest in the learning more about species conservation.

So for the last time, thank you all for supporting my crazy learning adventure, it will be an experience that is truly hard to forget.



Here are some photos from the trip:



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Update posted by WingKa Yuen On Jun 16, 2017

Hello again!

Sorry about the 3 month hiatus but I have good news.... I PASSED MY THIRD YEAR EXAMS!!! It has been a stressful few months of revising which was worse as I got an eczema flare up :( But I am glad that I am now officially a fourth year vet student :D

About the rest of the vaccinations, it went surprisingly smoothly. After the initial appointment the rest just followed through and I got all of my vaccines done within a month of the first so that was great. Now I just have a series of other placements lined up for the summer including South Africa and I can’t be more excited!! I can’t believe it’s only 5 weeks away and I am so grateful for everyone’s support. Again, I will try keep you updated and tell you about the trip afterwards.

WingKa

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Update posted by WingKa Yuen On Mar 12, 2017

Hi everyone,

First of all, a massive thank you to everyone who contributed, your support means a lot to me and I am so grateful :)

Now to tell you about what has been going on with regards to the trip, I have finally paid the deposit AND booked my flights to South Africa!!! I have to say this makes it a lot more official and I am SUPER excited and relieved.

I have also been trying to get my vaccinations sorted which has been a bit of a challenge but after numerous phone calls and a couple of consults, I have an appointment for my first rabies shot. I think the nurse mentioned about 5 other vaccines but hopefully I will be able to get them done soon enough and I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

WingKa.

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@Idot Wong Thank you so much!! Yes I will try my best to be the best vet I can be and put animal welfare first in my future career :)

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