Veterinary Management of African Wildlife Conference

Pretoria, Gauteng
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Arrangements for workshops:
Please can you take note of the following:
  1. Please be at the foyer of the Old Faculty building (no 14 on map) at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, see attached map, at 7:30 am on the 21st of February. Enter premises by main gate.
  2. Please print your registration acceptance and show it at the main gate or show the Congress logo on your cellphone
  3. Please be prepared to go into the bush, so wear appropriate clothes and shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring water bottle.
  4. Food and drinks will be provided for the day. 
  5. You may get back late towards 6 pm. If you need transport anywhere on return please let us know. 

We hope you enjoy the workshop. 

Kind regards
Greg, Katja, Jacques, Leith and Adrian

Pre-conference Workshops (Tuesday 21 Feb 2017)

Critical monitoring during chemical immobilisation

img_5002Presented by (Course Leader): Leith Meyer


Cost: R2 500 pp

This workshop will cover key aspects related to critical monitoring of chemically immobilised wildlife and will include a morning of presentations and discussions, followed by a wet lab in the field in the afternoon.

The workshop will cover basic monitoring that is required for short immobilisations to more in depth monitoring that is required for prolonged procedures and compromised animals. The workshop will look at various skills and devices used to monitor animals. Practical aspects related to how monitoring devices can be used, and how the information they measure can be applied to improve welfare during immobilisation, will be discussed. Various monitoring modalities like pulse oximetery, capnography, blood pressure, blood gases and acid bases will be covered in the presentations and discussions. The pros and cons of the various devices used will also be discussed. Wild antelope will then be immobilised in the field and the delegates will get the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained, and the devices discussed, to assess the animal’s welfare.

Length: full day

Meals: Lunch provided

Cost: R2500 per person

Group size: 15 - 20 persons

About the course leader: Leith Meyer is a research veterinarian with a special interest in pharmacological and physiological aspects related to chemical immobilisation and capture of wildlife. He is an Associate Professor in Pharmacology at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. He has over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications, many of these related to chemical immobilisation and capture. His primary research interest is in understanding the pathophysiological effects of capture and immobilisation in order to develop novel treatments and approaches to improve animal welfare during capture procedures.

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Carnivore immobilisation, anaesthesia and nutrition


Presented by: Adrian Tordiffe

Cost: R2 000pp

Venue: Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary (30 min drive from Pretoria) – Dinokeng

Practical demonstration: Immobilisation and anaesthesia of two carnivores (lion and hyena)

Lectures covering the following topics:

  • Capture techniques for wild carnivores - including leopard, cheetahs, lions, wild dogs and hyenas
  • Immobilisation of captive and free-ranging wild carnivores – use of various darting systems and drug combinations
  • Options for the maintenance of anaesthesia
  • Monitoring of anaesthesia
  • Common immobilisation and anaesthetic complications
  • Analgesic options
  • Hand rearing formulas
  • Nutritional diseases of young carnivores
  • The use of nutritional supplements
  • Dietary recommendations for long-term health

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“The forensic necropsy”

Presented by: Johan Steyl

Time: 08:30 – 13:00 (Halfday)

Cost: R1 500 pp

Venue: Onderstepoort

The basic forensic principles applied to a necropsy on a wild animal is discussed during a physical demonstration. Aspects to be covered are:

  • Necropsy technique
  • Sampling technique and submission procedure
  • Diagnostic principles
  • Data capturing and record keeping

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Ear notching and DNA collection of white rhino

Course leader: Dr Jacques O’Dell

Venue: Dinokeng

Cost: R3 500


Join us for a field trip to ear notch and collect DNA samples from white rhinos on a Big-5 game reserve. This will take place as part of the game reserve’s rhino management plan. Rhinos are ear notched in order for game rangers to identify individual rhino. DNA samples collected from the rhino are submitted to the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory where the unique DNA profile of each rhino forms part of RhODIS®. This DNA indexing system allows trace back of poached rhino and their horns to a specific reserve. This assists with forensic investigations and prosecution of poachers and syndicates. As part of the field trip delegates will get an opportunity to; see how rhino are darted and immobilised using a helicopter; learn about the common drug protocols for immobilising free-ranging rhino and the supportive drugs we use to combat the side-effects of these immobilising drugs; get hands on experience in collecting DNA samples and ear notching rhino; discuss issues surrounding rhino poaching and the conservation of rhino.

Length: full day

Meals: Lunch provided

Cost: R3500 per person

Group size: 10 - 20 persons

About the course leader: Jacques O’Dell is a specialist wildlife veterinarian working at the Department of Production Animal Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. He has a keen interest in wildlife conservation, wildlife diseases and sustainable wildlife utilisation. Rhino conservation is topic close to his heart. He has spent much of his time looking at dehorning as a viable option to protect rhino against poaching.

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Post-conference Events

Cheetah tracking on foot

Course leader:
 DGR game ranger

Date: Sunday 26 Feb 2017
Cost: R3 000 pp

Venue: Dinokeng

Join an experienced game ranger to track a wild free-ranging cheetah on foot within a Big-5 game reserve. Several of the cheetahs within this reserve are collared with GPS/VHF collars. Collars are used for research and management purposes. See if you can find a cheetah’s recent location via the satellite/GPS. Then head out to the field to locate the cheetah with VHF/telemetry.

Length: ½ day

Meals: Lunch provided

Cost: R3 000 per person

Group size: max 3 persons

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Contact Details

  • Event Coordinator: 
    Madaleen Schultheiss
    Tel:  012 346 1590
    Fax: 086 671 9907

Payment Instructions

  • Vetlink, PO Box 232, Groenkloof, 0027

    VAT: 4140271380

    Registration nr;  2011 / 016146 / 23

    Bank details:

    Vetlink CC

    FNB Brooklyn, 251 345

    Acc nr: 62301029676