To further empower game farms and people involved in wildlife work, we are planning courses throughout the country. If you have any specific topic that you suggest we provide a course on, we would be more than happy to hear from you!
Due to a deficiency of experienced wildlife vets in Namibia and the long distances to be travelled to most game ranches, with the obvious time delays and financial implications, few farmers have regular post mortems done on game or livestock mortalities. We feel that farmers will benefit greatly from being empowered to do a proper, systematic post mortem examination, collect the appropriate diagnostic samples and then have these submitted to a competent laboratory for analysis. Over and above the obvious benefit to the farmer, who will soon have a much better understanding of the health status of his herd (game and domestic), and will thus be able to take appropriate management steps, we as members of the farming community will all benefit by getting a better understanding of disease processes affecting game in Namibia. With time this knowledge will be of great value in overall herd and disease management. We will thus start offering one-day courses where we will teach you how to conduct a proper post-mortem examination, including appropriate sample collection etc. This will be an intensive yet practical hands on course! If you are interested in such a course, please contact us.
Dart immobilization course
We started this 5-day course in 2016, aiming at people who are involved in wildlife research and/or working with wildlife vets. But if you are a game farmer, a vet student, or just somebody with an interest in wildlife work this course could be also very interesting for you! In the course we teach you more about the Namibian legislation surrounding the use of drugs, we give an introduction to the various (remote) drug administration systems, darts, physiology, pharmacology and the drugs we use. We also teach and show you how to monitor an immobilized animal and what to do in emergencies and drug accidents. Practical work will involve practising with a dart gun, and we will immobilize and monitor some animals. Again, if you are interested in such a course, just let us know!