Find out what our veterinary internship participants have got to say about their time in South Africa:

“My first week has been amazing – i’m having a brilliant time! It is all very well organised and as expected. The pre-departure pack was also very helpful, I felt well prepared when I arrived so was able to settle in quickly. I have already seen and done so many exciting things and i’m very excited for the weeks ahead! ”

Clemmie, 4 weeks August 2023

“Everything is going amazingly! I’m having the best time and honestly couldn’t have wished for a better trip. I’m learning lots and have made new friends!! I can’t rate Oyster Worldwide highly enough. I received support from the beginning to the end of my trip. All of my questions were answered and I felt prepared and safe on my travels. I would definitely recommend the Veterinary Internship in South Africa. The experience is fantastic! I had a wonderful time and have made memories to treasure. Many thanks!!”

Sophie, 4 weeks February 2022

A close up photo of the intricate markings on a giraffe“My time overseas was amazing! I was able to learn so much from this experience and I met a lot of great people with whom I still keep in touch. I am indeed missing my time in South Africa because it was a really nice experience: it was a good balance between work and fun time. Highlights include the lion vasectomy, all the great people and the work experience. I would recommend people go for at least 3 weeks to learn the most however!”

Chiara, 2 weeks July 2019


Two Zebra groom each other on the backs in the grassy plains“Really enjoying my time here and have been doing a variety of work. The staff are really helpful and very approachable, so any issues I’m sure they’d be happy to help. ”

Megan, 2 weeks July 2019


Zebras graze peacefully at the Big 5 game reserve in South Africa“Before going on the trip Oyster was useful in providing information on how to prepare for the project and always responded to enquires quickly. The activities I did whilst on the project were very hands-on and useful in terms of gaining practical experience. My highlight was working with the vet on a game capture.”

Eliza, 4 weeks April 2019

A herd of giraffes in a game reserve“I had an amazing time. The people I dealt with at Oyster were very helpful and enthusiastic and it made planning for my trip a lot easier. I learnt so much and got a lot of hands on experience with so many different animals. A highlight would definitely be getting to work with some of the animals in the game reserves.”

Eleanor, 4 weeks October 2018

Veterinary intern Sara gets hands on with horses“My time overseas was more than I could have ever asked for. I had the time of my life in South Africa. I am missing it so much already.”

Sara, 6 weeks September 2017

Interns work with wildlife in South Africa“Great organisation, very helpful to prepare my trip. I hope I will be planning another trip. Thank you so much for all you did for me. I really appreciate it and it made my trip less stressful”

Oceane, 4 weeks July 2017

vet internship“I am so good thank you. I am really living an amazing experience in South Africa, I am learning so much about veterinary medicine and the life here is awesome. Every one is nice and we have a lot of fun together.”

Auriane, 3 weeks May 2017

Veterinary experience in South Africa“Best thing I have ever done. Harriet was great, felt like she personally wanted to help me on my trip and was just excited as me! I felt comfortable asking her any questions and she solved any problems quickly and efficiently. Go for as long as you can!! Time flies and 4 weeks didn’t feel like enough for me. Thank you!”

Grace, 4 weeks April 2017


“I didn’t want to leave. I had the best experience of my life, I’ve learnt so many things and had the honour to help and see many different kind of animals. Every day was different and every day something exciting happened. The staff were amazing and they taught me many things and improved my experience with animals.”

Valentina, 2 weeks August 2016

web“I thought this program was perfect for pre-vet students with even minimal prior knowledge. The practical experience in any shape or form was very valuable and the hands-on nature of the project meant I was constantly engaged. The working opportunities with the unique animals would be hard to come by elsewhere.”

Rachel, 2 weeks July 2016

13495016_10209690080866062_7258170944677675892_n“People were all very nice, the vet internship allows people to have a close contact to healing elephants and the Vet is really interesting. For vet students it’s really interesting to see how the reserve works and how the vet handle the different wild animals. It’s an opportunity to discover animals we’re not used to see in our country.”

Manon 4 weeks June 2016

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