Want to become a Wildlife Veterinarian, Wildlife Healthcare Specialist, or a Wildlife Nutritionist!?

Wildlife Healthcare and Nutrition


Host: African Wildlife Services (AWS)

Cost: Starting at $4,380.00 for 4-week educational internship program

Total Program Duration: 4-, 8-, or 12-week programs available

Description: An African Wildlife Services (AWS) Educational Internship Program allowing you to learn and earn the necessary skills to become a Wildlife Ranger!

Gain hands-on experience and practical skills from Expert Wildlife Rangers, Wildlife Managers, and other Professional Conservationists!

Wildlife Healthcare and Nutrition Educational Internship Program, Part 1

  • Intensive education, training, and preparation on site, in South Africa!

Duration: 10-days

Your educational internship adventure begins with 10-, intensive days of field-safety preparation, practical education, knowledge sharing, and skills transfer tailored specifically for your profession of interest and organized by African Wildlife Services.

Learn what is required to successfully fulfill the role as a Wildlife Ranger or Anti-poaching Specialist. The wildlife on the continent of Africa represents the last remaining mega fauna of the Pleistocene Epoch. Help protect our world’s priceless natural wildlife resources.

Training Modules (presented on location near Kruger National Park in South Africa):

  • Appropriate Wildlife Diets of Ungulates, Hippotragines (Gemsbok, Roan, Sable), Tragelaphines (Spiral horns animals), Alcelaphine, Aepycerotidae, Antelopini, small antelope and predator diets

  • Provide Water for Wildlife - Patterns and behavior of wildlife when drinking water, Appropriate water needs of Ungulates, Hippotragines (Gemsbok, Roan, Sable), Tragelaphines (Spiral horns animals), Alcelaphine, Aepycerootidae, Antelopini, small antelopes, Type of Water Holes, Disease and parasite control at waterholes

  • Parasitism and Contagious Wildlife Diseases - Ectoparasites and endoparasites in vertebrates, most important contagious wildlife diseases, and the Prevention of related diseases, Common diseases in animals caused by ticks and mites, Basic disease control and prevention

  • Nutrition - Digestive functioning of selected wild ruminant and non-ruminant herbivores, Spatial scaling of nutrients in vegetation

  • Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Ethology of wild animals

  • Locating and interacting with animals

  • Evaluating the health status of the animal

  • Execute prescribed veterinary care activities - Administer medicines and execute veterinary prescriptions and care taking procedures


  • Participate in a ‘skills transfer’ - Meet and learn from expert rangers, conservationists and Wildlife Managers; This forms the basis of understanding for wildlife health care that is fundamental to the management and conservation of wildlife in Africa


  • Daily Wildlife Encounters and Monitoring

  • Participate in sedation and tranquilisation of a Wild Animal

  • Administer Veterinary Medicines

  • Biological Data collection and recording


Accredited training providers lead all AWS educational and training programs which adhere to prescribed curricula approved by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), the only educational authority in South Africa. Accredited Training Provider, Reg. No.: 613/P/000242/2014.

Wildlife Healthcare and Nutrition Educational Internship Program, Part 2

  • African Wildlife Services Educational Internship and Professional Development Program

Duration: remainder of your 4-, 8-, or 12-week internship program

After your intensive 10-day field preparation, your adventure continues with African Wildlife Services (AWS) and their educational internship designed to further develop your knowledge, experience, and practical skills relating to your professional field of interest!

  • Learn what it takes to become a Wildlife Ranger!

  • Train with Professional Wildlife Rangers!

  • Be the Wildlife Ranger and experience Wildlife Protection first-hand in Southern Africa

  • Immerse yourself in the protection Southern Africa’s and the world’s priceless natural wildlife resources

  • Understand and experience the reason South Africa is a world leader in wildlife conservation

More About Your Host: African Wildlife Services is a multifaceted company providing premium services in the realm of wildlife conservation including wildlife management, wildlife security, biodiversity surveying, land restoration, and education. African Wildlife Services founding member and CEO, Louis B. Ebersöhn, started guiding safaris in 1994. Now, Louis owns and successfully operates Aerial Wildlife Services (AWS), African Wilderness Safaris (AWS), and African Wildlife Security (AWS)! Louis and his team of highly skilled and professional conservationists will make sure you get the professional guidance, practical training, hands-on experience, and necessary inspiration you need to successfully take your place as our world’s next generation of professional conservationists, natural-resource managers, wildland stewards, and wildlife custodians!

Conservation of Africa’s wildlife and natural resources through sustainable utilization, as described in “The Conservation Game: Saving Africa’s Biodiversity,” by Gerhard R. Damm, is AWS’s guiding principle and forms the foundation of their business models. These guiding principles of sustainable utilization are:

  • The fulfillment of the legitimate needs of the African population

  • The protection and/or “Wise Use” of the soil

  • The protection and/or “Wise Use” of the plants that grow in the soil

  • The protection and/or “Wise Use” of the animals that use the plants for food or cover and which live in the specialized habitats provided by the different communities of plants and their physical environments

Based on these principles, AWS’s sustainable business models ensure their position as industry role-players and conservation leaders. AWS believes this is the only viable way to ensure the wildlife of today will still be around 10, 20, or 100 years from now.

Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) Private Security Services Provider; South African Nationally Qualified Outfitter and Professional Hunter; Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) Qualified Dangerous Site Guide; Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Restricted Radio Telephone Operator; Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Certified; Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Certified; South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council Qualifications (multiple); International Firearm Training Academy, NRA accredited; South Africa Tours (SATOUR) Registered Tour Guide

Come be a part of something life changing, life affirming, and be the adventure!

The goal of ResearchWild!’s educational internship program is to help university students explore the broad variety of unique and successful wildlife conservation models found all over the world! Becoming a ResearchWild! educational intern will expose you to vitally important conservation strategies, expand your mind regarding your global responsibility, and help you look inside to find the conservationist you hope to be.

 Please check out our website (www.researchwild.com) for more information and like us on Facebook (@researchwild) to keep up to date with ResearchWild!

ResearchWild! helps you every step of the way. We are based out of Texas, but we will remain in full contact and be on the ground in Africa during your internship. All ResearchWild!’s internship hosts take your health and safety very seriously and communicate your status directly to us. We will even share status updates with your loved ones at home, with your permission. Transportation to and from the airport, supply runs, lodging, and food are provided. Our pre-trip checklist and orientation goes over everything you need to make your adventure abroad safe and successful.


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