Mission Statement

SAFARI4U VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT

Safari4u runs two main programmes

  • Pre-Vet Programme, and
  • Vet Student Programme.

 

Safari4u’s Pre-Vet Programme is a tourist funded programme to give pre-vet students, or anyone interested in animals, conservation or the veterinary field, the opportunity to work with animals in an African veterinary setting. The Pre-Vet Programme consists of three main components – Small Animal Practice, Large Animal Practice, and Wildlife and Game Capture.

 

  • Small Animal Practice is divided into two components, Clinic and Community Outreach.
    • Clinic Work – observation of professional veterinarians in a commercial clinic. This is predominantly with people’s pets and welfare cases brought in through Wild Coast Community Vet Clinic
    • Community Outreach – conducted in rural areas, this aspect is one of the most important as South Africa has a large split in terms of socio-economics and as such many people cannot afford to help their animals when it comes to their health. Safari4u visits townships regularly to assist in anti-parasite treatment (dipping and dosing), wound care, community education on handling and treatment of pets and animals, and follow up treatments as needed.

 

  • Large Animal Practice involves the livestock and large animal aspect of veterinary work with animals. It includes working on commercial farms and in rural outreach areas. Animals such as cattle (beef and dairy), goats, sheep, pigs and horses are covered and activities including dosing for end- and ecto- parasites, artificial insemination, and pregnancy testing. It also includes issues such as abattoirs and disease control. For pre-vets, most of the work is done under the supervision of the farmer but if veterinarians are needed, they are either the farmer’s personal veterinarian or provided by the programme.

 

  • Wildlife and Game Capture consists of opportunities such as game captures, game counts, darting with anti-parasitic drugs, wildlife identification, wildlife treatment and captive animal care. During game captures immobilization, sedation and transport of African Wildlife is covered and are controlled by a veterinarian. It also brings forth issues such as conservation, captive animals, hunting and the Five Freedoms
The Vet Student Programme, whilst similar in activity titles to the Pre-Vet Programme, offers more advanced learning specific to current veterinary students who are about to begin or are already in their clinical years of study and thus have a greater knowledge base. It consists of three main components – Wildlife, Community and Agriculture.

 

  • Wildlife consists of opportunities such as game captures including the immobilisation transportation and release of African wildlife, post-mortems and necropsies discussing anatomy and signs of healthy and unhealthy organs.

 

  • Agriculture involves the livestock and large animal aspect of veterinary work with animals that may include cattle (beef and dairy), goats, sheep, pigs, etc.

 

  • Both Large Animal and Small Animal components vary depending on the cases presented during the students’ stay but may include topics such as disease diagnosis and control, pregnancy diagnosis, wound care and treatment, emergency consults and daily consults.

 

  • The Community aspect is one of the most important and can cover livestock but mostly involves small animal care. South Africa has a large split in terms of socio-economics and as such many people cannot afford to help their animals when it comes to their health. Safari4u visits townships (low socio-economic areas and informal settlements) regularly to assist in anti-parasite treatment (dipping and dosing), wound care, community education on handling and treatment of pets and animals, and follow up treatments as needed. We have also joined the CCS Vets in the nearby areas to assist in conducting spay drives.
An additional Game Capture Programme is run once a year. Safari4u’s Game Capture Programme works solely with the Wildlife section of the programme in a separately organised location.  Activities are predominantly based around the capture of wild game but also includes darting with anti-parasitic drugs, wildlife identification, wildlife treatment and rarely captive wild animal care. During game captures immobilisation, sedation and transport of African Wildlife is covered and are controlled by a veterinarian. It also brings forth issues such as conservation, hunting and the Southern African wildlife industry. The programme is based around the largest game auction in the Eastern Cape and the species captured will reflect on the requirements of the industry at the time of sale.

All of Safari4u’s Programmes have the following priorities which are, but not excluded to:

  • Welfare of the animal,
  • Safety of students and staff,
  • Education of students,
  • Needs of the community, and
  • Memorable experience for students

 

Safari4u will not consciously participate in any activity that involves the mistreatment of animals, or future mistreatment of animals. This includes, but is not limited to, activities such as lion cub petting, unauthorised hunting and/ or poaching activities, any activity in which the animal is utilised purely for the entertainment of people.

Safari4u will assist within their means, and not extend past those. Unfortunately this may mean suggesting care at a facility better equipped to deal with the case in question. Safari4u is only able to assist physically with cases and is unable to assist individuals financially.

The future vision for Safari4u is to expand within the community to offer further opportunities for students to experience more during their visits. We hope to expand our spay and neuter programme under Wild Coast Community Vet so that it has established population control so that a vaccination project can be commenced for the benefit of student learning as well as the local community and the greater area in the long term.

 

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DENNIS TAYLOR

Owner and Manager

Safari4u

03 October 2018