Source Tree (Pty) Ltd in association with Wildlifevets.com, prides itself in excellent service delivery and top quality education. Whether you are a student or qualified veterinary practitioner, our courses will match your needs. We can give you the edge you need. Clinical work, community projects and large-scale game capture operations all fall under our network of professionals and services. Our Mission is to apply our veterinary background, experience and networks to contribute and enhance global wildlife conservation through active involvement in all aspects of wildlife management, education, research and development.
Having run the courses for the last 5 years, Dr Raath’s son, Geran, and his wife, Michelle have recently procured the courses from Dr Raath. Their company, Source Tree (Pty) Ltd, will endeavor to present the courses at Dr Raath’s standard, in association with the Wildlifevets.com clinical and capture company. Over the last 10 years we have expanded and changed the courses to remain relevant, expanded the better parts and evolved to address matters of current and future concern. We have seen the emphasis of the courses diverting from tools in conservation medicine to concentrate more on aspects such as trans-boundary conservation initiatives, thresholds of potential concerns, action plans and standard operating procedures, obviously within the veterinary field. The role of the veterinarian as part of a management team is emphasized, incorporating aspects such as human health issues, zoonosis, land use and global factors influencing conservation.
Chemical Immobilisation Courses
These courses are presented to qualified Veterinarians only. It is an intensive wildlife preperation program.
The courses cover the following:
Practical demonstrations and active participation in field work;
Pharmacological principles from injection to recovery;
Current and new pharmacological preparations;
Equipment- darting with a wide range of projectors;
Basic principles of immobilisation;
Species specific information;
Problems under anaesthesia;
Accidental human injection;
Confined space darting;
Legal aspects of darting, keeping records and registers.
Introductory Conservation Medicine Course
The “Introduction to Wildlife Medicine” Course is presented to veterinary students. It touches on all aspects of conservation medicine, and comprises of about 20 hours of lectures, 20 hours of conservation orientated excursions and 40 hours of practical hands on experience, on our research farm, Ngongoni, and with many of our clients. Since 1997, we have had over 2000 students from 22 different countries attending our courses. Hands on experience will always remain important to students, and we go out of our way to ensure that our students get enough, under the supervision of our resident practice veterinarian. Call-outs obviously receive priority. Irrespective of the procedure, and guided only by safety aspects, students will participate in procedures like animal restraint, catheter placement, monitoring, administration of drugs, small surgery etc.
Internship is the next step in giving students or qualified veterinarians a longer period of exposure, to experience the South African wildlife industry. This also allows a possibility for Interns/externs to participate in unique projects by themselves. Internships/externships are usually only awarded to students and qualified veterinarians that have either completed the Introduction to Wildlife Medicine Course, or the Chemical Immobilization Course.