The veterinary and animal conservation programme is uniquely designed with vet, pre-vet, vet tech, and broader animal science students with strong interest in wildlife medicine and conservation in mind. If you are keen to develop your clinical skills, including patient intake, physical examination, compiling medical records, diagnoses, interpreting test results, then selecting and administering treatment; this programme is definitely for you!
The programme is open to vet, pre-vet, and vet tech students either travelling as individuals or as part of a faculty-led class. The students will work alongside professional vets and vet nurses at various centres around the country; including animal rehabilitation sanctuaries, private veterinary practice, and game parks. It is the perfect internship to learn about veterinary science (animal care), hands-on wildlife healthcare experience, assisting in surgical procedures, and outreach clinics in local communities. Interaction with local villages and communities educating them on animal-human relations, rescue and transfer of injured, abused or orphaned animals from around the surrounding areas as well as ambulatory vet work on local farms.
Some of the topics covered during the internship that carry transferable credit include: animal behaviour and reproduction; practical wildlife learning (animal, bird monitoring/surveys), and environmental audits), bush and wildlife theory (ecology, outdoorsmanship); small animal care (prepare food and bottle feed orphans and reptiles, clean enclosures, clean wounds), habitat enrichment (construction of activity centres for primates, and making toys to stimulate foraging).
Vet, pre-vet, and vet tech students can expect to work with a diverse range of animals, both indigenous and exotic to Zimbabwe, including: big cats (lions), hyenas, buffalos, giraffes, donkeys, owls, endangered species like the African wild dog as well as reptiles.
Day 1: Arrive in Zimbabwe
Day 12-14: Kariba
- Bush & animal behaviour training
- Human-animal relations
- Anti-poaching and game tracking/monitoring
- Eco-schools programme
Day 2-6: Harare
- In-country orientation
- Zimbabwe: a country of many contrasts
- Local area tour
- Health and safety workshop (bush survival guide)
- Culture shock seminar
- Animal rescue and veterinary service learning
- Welcome dinner
Day 21: Departure
Highlights Of The PROGRAMME
- Multi-destination tour – see the country while learning about its rich biodiversity
- Hands-on experience at a 24-hour vet clinic
- Learn on the go with the mobile vet clinic conducting community outreach work
- Participate in hands-on learning experience on treating injured wildlife
- Interact with locals, and share ideas on veterinary issues, and how to solve existing challenges
- Get up close and personal with wildlife within the natural habitats, and domestic animals
- Earn academic credit while enjoying an adventure of a lifetime
The above is a provisional 2-week itinerary, which Tiritose will customise to match your individual or collective interests if travelling as a group. We are flexible in how we put together internships, and we will work with you to come up with an itinerary that works for you, please download the needs analysis document, complete it, and send it back to us, and one of our worker bees will respond with a draft itinerary for review. Do not despair if you cannot find an ideal placement site, the list below is only meant to highlight the diversity of our programme placement sites, and not an exhaustive list.
PROGRAMME PLACEMENT SITES DESCRIPTION
- Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
- 24 Hour Veterinary Service
Established in 1911, this is the oldest organisation that specialises in animal welfare in the country. They treat and board sick animals, as well as board animals awaiting re-homing. Keeping animals as pets is not inherently something that the majority of Zimbabweans are familiar with. In many households, dogs are kept outside for protection but nothing more. Cats are less accepted and some people even superstitiously believe that they are used for evil. It’s, therefore, common for cats and dogs to stray in most urban areas.
SPCA has a mobile clinic that goes into areas where animal owners cannot afford vet expenses or transport to go the SPCA clinic. They offer services such as vaccinations, deworming, removing fleas, ticks, and sick animals are taken back to the vet to be treated, often free of charge. As an intern visiting Zimbabwe, you will have your hands full with caring for animals, meeting other animal lovers, and going into Zimbabwean communities to understand the culture.
Accommodation: Bronte Garden Hotel: shared rooms, with twin beds and ensuite bathrooms in downtown Harare
The 24 hour veterinary service as its name suggests, offers round the clock clinic and surgical services to animals in Harare. It is a great place for pre-vet, vet, and vet-tech students to complete the service learning component of the educational tour or internship hours. In addition to participating at the clinic, there are plenty of opportunities to take part in the outreach work alongside professional local vets, who from time to time participate in Rhino dehorning exercises, spay campaigns as well as community vet clinics to sterilise dogs and cats.
Accommodation: Bronte Garden Hotel: shared rooms, with twin beds and ensuite bathrooms in downtown Harare.
Founded as a resting house for the colonial settlers who used to travel between Harare and Mutare, and then moved 6 kilometres north to be aligned with the Harare-Beira railway line. The town is one of the largest centres of Zimbabwe’s forestry, farming projects, and houses the Kushinga Phikelela agricultural and commercial college as well as a government research station: Grasslands Research Station. Marondera is also home to one of the most successful Rhino breeding programmes in the world – a programme responsible for ensuring one of the big five animals does not become extinct.
Accommodation: Sable Lodge: a combination of twin, double, and family rooms – all with options to add extra beds.
A resort town, built on the steep hills, 370 kilometres above the Lake. Home to the Legend of the Nyaminyami ‘The River God’, which locals believe to have lived in the depths of the Lake, and was separated from the female Nyaminyami when the bridge was constructed in order to facilitate for the hydro-electric power plant that remains today. Approximately fifty thousand people were displaced on both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides in order to make way for the construction of the project. Paradoxically, the construction of the power station is said to be the World Bank’s most successful project in the world. There are several islands and wildlife parks surrounding Kariba, including the Chewore Safari Area where Dinosaur footprints were found and are reserved to this day.
Accommodation: Safari tented rooms on the shores of Zambezi River
they came, they EXPERIENCED, they loved it!
Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.
It is a good programme for experiencing real Zimbabwean life and local culture. Especially for people who enjoy educating and playing with kids, as well as someone who intend to expand their knowledge on floras and faunas
"Harare may not be the first gap year destination on your mind, but I have been blown away during my time here. It is a beautiful country, with the best climate I've experienced yet and the friendliest people"
"Zimbabwe has given me so much more than a volunteering exercise, its broadened my horizons and taught me so much about the human spirit and … oh! along the way I’ve worked with some inspirational people with a vision to have addiction treatment delivered in this country. So I have to come back, again and again to see this vision and dream realised"
AMANDA J THOMAS
"My time with the children? Well, where can I start? Number 1, they defintiely changed my life, I saw life from their own eyes, so innocent and full of hope. I was just happy to play big brother to them all. Remembering my third grade vocabulary wasn't as easy as I thought it would be haha!"
DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED!
- What sort of work will I be doing?
- Do I need experience to apply?
- How do I apply
- How do I get to the placement site?
- Animal rescue expeditions
- Wildlife population control programmes, including sterilisation of domestic animals such as dogs
- Anti-poaching activities
- Ongoing animal game counts, data collection and reporting (wildlife research)
- Animal clinics, immunisation of domestic animals from the surrounding communities
- Wildlife conservation and environment outreach work within local communities and schools
- Animal tuberculosis, rabbis, foot and mouth testing and treatment
- Environmental management and wilderness rehabilitation
Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme. Our application is split into two categories:
Volunteers – require some of the following:
- Degree / Masters / PHD in Conservation, Wildlife, Zoology, Environment, or related field
- Must have work experience within a related field
- Valid passport expiring at least six (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe
Interns – require some of the following:
- Student or training for a college degree or technical school
- An interest and passion for working with animals, and the environment
- Some experience within the conservation field would be beneficial
Very Simple !!
Just fill in the application form,
Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!
Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up, take you to your first night accommodation, and sort you out with refreshments! After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done according to the needs and requirements to best prepare you for your programme placement. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places at the same time, giving you a glimpse to your African adventure. From your in-country orientation we will drive you to your placement site and introduce to your supervisor. We will make sure you are settled and ready to go!
Tiritose operates a shuttle service, which you may take advantage of (at a small cost) during the week as well as on weekends for your excursions
Contact Tiritose for further information about the innovation, entrepreneurship and development educational tour. If you have your own educational tour or preferred itinerary in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about!
What Does The Cost Include
- Application process
- Pre-departure information pack
- Webinars on cultural sensitivity and culture shock
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- In-country orientation
- Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities (each group will have an option to choose a suitable accommodation)
- All meals according to the chosen meal plans
- In-country transportation
- Adventure travel to areas that are part of the tour
- 24/7 on-ground support
- Mobile phone, and local sim-card
The Programme Cost Excludes
- Travel and medical Insurance
- Visas (where applicable)
- Meals and drinks other than those specified above
- Recreational activities other than those specified above
- Any other items of a personal nature