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A&M South Africa Conservation Veterinary Medicine
East Cape Region, South Africa; London, United Kingdom; Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1,
Summer 2
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Faculty-Led
Academic Area:
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Academic College: College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Academic Department: Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology
Minimum GPA:
Language requirement:
Language of instruction:
Program Leader:
Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon
Open to non-majors:
No Classification: V1, V2
Program Description:

South Africa Conservation Veterinary Medicine

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon
Assistant Professor
Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology  

Study Abroad Advisor

Larry Komrower

Students with immobilized zebra, South Africa


Student working with giraffe, South Africa


Students with A&M banner, South Africa


Student doing darting practice in helicopter, South Africa


Baby black rhino with mother, South Africa


June 1 - 22, 2015 (Session 1)
June 23 - July 14 (Session 2)
Eastern Cape, South Africa

This program provides veterinary students with the opportunity to be involved in wildlife darting and conservation management procedures in South Africa. Vet students will observe and interact with a large number of various species such as rhino, leopard, elephant, lion, and many more in their native habit. Through the program students will gain hands-on experience with chemical immobilizations during health checks and transmitter procedures, while minimizing animal stress. Most importantly students will gain an understanding of the influences that politics, people, and economics have on the management of wildlife.  

All students are required to take a total of 4 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • VTPP 948 : Didactic Elective in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology: Conservation Medicine in South Africa (4 cr.)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPR and good academic standing
  • Currently enrolled in the Vet School
  • Must attend all pre-departure meetings
  • Lodging at the beautiful Safari Lodge in the Amakhala Game Reserve
  • Helicopter ride over the reserve for darting practice
  • Antelope and rhino immobilization and relocation
  • Visit to the Addo Elephant National Park
  • Lectures by experts on local conservation issues
  • Marine excursion to the endangered Africa Penguin rookery
  • Overnight layover in London with a visit to the London Zoo
Estimated Program Fee   (subject to change) - billed to University Account $5,100
Lodging and Meals   $1,515  
Excursions and Cultural Site Visits   $1,850  
In-Country Transportation   $800  
Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses $200  
International Health Insurance $35  
Portion of Faculty Expenses $400  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $3,385+
Tuition and Fees* $980+  
International Airfare $2,200  
Travel Documents (passport and visa--if needed) $145  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $60+  
Personal Spending varies  

*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.  Check rates at:
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office, or website here:

College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers two scholarship programs: The International Education Fee Scholarship and the Study Abroad Fellowship. Both of these scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:

Financial Aid:
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.

This program is currently not accepting applications.