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Veterinary Medicine Internship in Knysna, South Africa



Gain excellent work experience in a delightful veterinary clinic in Knysna. This Animal Welfare clinic is the only animal rescue center in Knysna ... and they are inundated with work!

You'll assist with field work, which can include anything from rescuing abused or abandoned animals, to flea dipping. You'll also assist with the rehoming process, i.e. helping with the many dogs and cats, who, after a quarantine period, de-worming, dipping, feeding, and health checks, will (hopefully) be up for adoption.

You can also assist in the mobile clinic that goes to the township, as well as helping with administration, fundraising the myriad of other responsibilities that come with running an animal clinic.

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Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 4 weeks to 6 months or longer, subject to visa requirements
ReRequirements You should either be studying veterinary science or be going into veterinary science/nursing studies or be in the animal technician field.  The degree of your level of experience will affect your degree of involvement in the clinic.  Minimum age 18.
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What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance

Meeting you at the nearest airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about Veterinary practice and Animal Care overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Africa and the many diverse cultures in South Africa

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping the local community and their animals and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... anan unforgettable experience!

Veterinary Medicine Internship in Knysna, South Africa

Veterinary Medicine Internship in Knysna, South Africa

This Clinic is the only animal rescue center in Knysna and they are inundated with work.  Interns can assist with field work, which can include anything from rescues to flea dipping.  At the center, there are also many dogs and cats which, after a quarantine period, de-worming, dipping, feeding, and health checks, will (hopefully) be up for adoption and rehomed.

Knysna has a huge problem with neglected and abused animals in the townships that also need to be sterilised.  The clinic has a qualified veterinarian so any volunteer that is either a qualified vet or studying to be a vet would be a HUGE help.  Interns will have the opportunity to have a wide range of experiences on this project, all depending on their level of experience.  Interns will:

  • Assist in the veterinary clinic stitching sutures, cleaning wounds, assisting with animal sterilisation and other surgeries

  • Assist with flea dipping and de-worming when the clinic is quiet

  • Assist in health checks on animals

If you are nearing the end of your Veterinary Science degree or you are qualified, we can write to the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) to get consent for you to do operations on your own.

You'll assist in the several clinics that are run on a daily basis, where dipping, de-worming, vaccinations and general duties relating to the well being of animals are addressed.  At these clinics, the needy public is also provided with healthy food packages for their dogs and cats. 

The clinics are operated from the back of vans, and although rudimentary in terms of "mobile hospitals", the job nonetheless is professionally executed, regardless of limitations.

The project is also constantly fundraising from tin collections to large events, such as dog walks and charity events.  Any volunteer who has marketing or fundraising skills would be a great help in this area.  Help in the office with emails, mail merging etc. is also be greatly appreciated.   Therefore, interns will be able to go out in the morning and assist with the field workers and then, once back at the Center, assist with the dogs and cats AND put in a bit of help in the office.

The animal welfare clinic is a privately funded, non-profit organization, solely working for the benefit of animals found mostly in townships and underprivileged areas.  Acting and speaking for those who have no voice, the society engages in rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing where possible.

They also provide education programmes and daily clinics, as well as operating a weekly sterilization program.

Besides responding to distressed call-outs from the public, the society is often also driven to engage in the welfare of larger animals, that although not falling within their jurisdiction, cannot likewise be ignored.

The Clinic has worked hard to expand and is now able to house 300 to 350 animals in a year. They have managed to sterilize 2,800 animals over 2 years. With the help of interns and volunteers, they hope to increase these numbers in order to decrease the number of homeless strays and increase the quality of life of other animals, thus really benefiting the communities around Knysna.

If you're qualified and have experience, the Animal Welfare Center would be especially delighted to have you as they have a massive shortage of qualified vets and assistants, so your assistance would be very valuable indeed! But, as they often stress, any help at all is always appreciated!


Veterinary Medicine Internship in Knysna, South Africa

Veterinary Medicine Internship in Knysna, South Africa

Veterinary Medicine Internship in Knysna, South Africa
A sick calf in the ClinicVeterinary Medicine Internship in Knysna, South Africa
Flea-dipping in the local township

The volunteer house in Knysna is within walking distance of the town, yet set against a natural green belt. The bird life is prolific and often the local Vervet monkey troop comes to visit to entertain the volunteers with their antics. The sunset views from the top balcony of the volunteer house of the Knysna lagoon are beautiful and great way to relax after a day working at your placement or to catch up on your tan in the summer. See photo on right-hand side.

The house is large and spacious and also has a self-contained flat  downstairs for couples and families. The bedding in the two same sex dorms and the towels in their ensuite bathrooms are changed regularly every Friday by our much loved cleaner, Pretty, and there is plenty of cupboard space to store your clothing.

Facilities include a kitchen kitted out for cooking, dining area, a few bathrooms, TV, DVD player, free Wi-Fi, garden and several wooden verandahs.

There is an outside courtyard and garden in the secure grounds where you can have a typical South African barbeque known there as a ‘braai’. Make sure you try the local spicy sausage known as ‘boerewors’ and the Karoo lamb chops are to die for on a ‘braai’, but if fish is more to your taste then a fish ‘braai’ with South African ‘snoek’ is a must.


You'll be given a food budget which will cover your basic essentials (but not extras like alcohol, snacks and eating out). The kitchen has all the cooking amenities that you might need to take advantage of preparing meals with some of the great seafood, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables South Africa has to offer.

There are supermarkets and local shops where you'll do your food shopping.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking distance that offer the most incredible local and international cuisine which our volunteers rave about. Knysna is also famous for its oysters and even has an annual Oyster Festival where everyone eats and drinks far too much!

The waterfront and marine is beautiful and full of restaurants and cafes with cuisine that ranges from breakfast, coffees, cakes and snacks, through to sumptuous meals and various different nationality menus.


Volunteer house in Knysna

View from the house overlooking the lagoon

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

AsAs with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 


On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: span>WhWhen you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our South African staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

"The area is beautiful and travelling is easy. The house we stay in is lovely and the Travellers workers are such kind, loving people which really makes it feel like a home away from home. What with all the other volunteers and the Travellers staff, it really does feel like our own little family ... well, our own very big family, I suppose!!" Luke Brennan


You may also have the opportunity to provide help and support to the local community through the various afternoon activities we have to offer. This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the African culture, but most importantly to give a caring hand to the local community. The activities could range from helping out at;

  • The Children's Home:Make the afternoons fun and exciting for these lovely children by playing games, helping them with home work and just being there to give them the attention that they so appreciate.
  • After-school drama or sports - Take some time out after school to set up after school sports or drama clubs, the children love it and it's a great way to get to know them better in a relaxed and fun environment. If you'd like to set up a drama or sports club, please let us know when you apply so that we can arrange it with the school before you arrive.)
  • Other community projects  - Past volunteers have helped to paint the outside of a crèche that was in desperate need of a lift. The crèche is now looking very cheerful with brightly coloured walls. A jungle gym was donated to this orphanage and volunteers also helped to put it together for the crèche too! There may be other similar projects available at the time you're there that you might want to participate in.

If you're are interested in arranging a dance workshop, then please visit the Street Kids project for more details on a dance workshop that an ex-volunteer set-up there.

The project may possibly be extended to involve local unemployed people, or street kids, or even elderly people or children's orphanages. These are just a few ideas and it may be that some volunteers will have more ideas that will help to make this project a worthwhile one that will benefit the community for a long time to come.


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While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. The most popular choices are the safari trips from Cape Town and many volunteers use these as their means of travel to arrive at their project in Knysna..

Wildlife Safaris & Adventure Tour Combos
4-Day Surf Safari and Wildlife Adventure
1-Day Adventure Activities in Cape Town
1-Week Wildlife Rehabilitation

1-Week Whales Sharks Dolphins
Cage Dive with Sharks

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in South Africa, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Volunteering in South Africa, and having fun!


The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country while you're in South Africa. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful. Cape Town is probably the most beautiful city in the world (I can say that, I grew up there :-)  KwaZulu-Natal comes a very close second, albeit very different. Knysna is where South Africans go on vacation, which gives you some idea of how lovely the region is. When you lie on the beach and watch dolphins jumping the waves, you'll think you're in Paradise.


Knysna is approximately 500km from the beautiful capital city of Cape Town  and voted South Africa’s favourite town 4 years in a row! Its mountainous backdrop, impressively sized estuary and indigenous forests really give the town a natural feel to it. Although it still has that ‘small-town’ feel, Knysna is growing rapidly, and has all the amenities you could ask for such as banks, hotels, internet café’s, cinemas and shopping malls.

About 20-30 minutes' drive away from Knysna you'll find Plettenberg Bay (better known simply as Plett), which is a bit smaller than Knysna, but equally stunning.  Its' pure white beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and there is a lot to do, from whale and dolphin watching, to hiking trails and awesome nightlife.

The Garden Route is famous for all sorts of activities from adrenalin sports such as bungee jumping, skydiving and shark cage diving to more relaxed pursuits such as hiking, quad biking in the forest or visiting one of the many animal sanctuaries in the area. Your local Travellers liaison will be happy to assist you in finding interesting things to do and places to see so make the most of it!

Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. It is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.

Knysna is a vibrant town, buzzing with creativity and energy, and the pulse of good music. It's a place where the you can enjoy the mellow atmosphere of street cafes, watching the world go by. The main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements and it has a wonderful vacation atmosphere with sun umbrellas everywhere.

Most cafes have outdoors seating areas overlooking the street or on the pavements, with colourful sun umbrellas - a perfect place to sit with the sun on your face, watching passers-by ambling along, sipping a steamy cappucino or staving off the heat with a cold drink.

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