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A&M Africa Wildlife Conservation & Health
Nelspruit, South Africa
Program Terms: Summer 1
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2015 02/01/2015** Rolling Admission 05/22/2015 06/07/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Texas A&M Faculty-Led
 Academic Area:
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Academic College: College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
 Minimum GPA:
 Language requirement:
 Language of instruction:
 Program Leader:
James Derr, Linda Logan
 Program Advisor:
Olga Catalena
 Open to non-majors:
Yes Classification: Grad Student, undergrad, V1, V2
Program Description:

Africa Wildlife Conservation and Health

Faculty Leaders
Dr. James Derr
Veterinary Pathobiology

Dr. Linda Logan
Veterinary Pathobiology

Study Abroad Advisor
Katharina Ojala

Cape Buffalo

antelope and student

faculty leader and crocodile

lion and lioness

May 22 - June 7, 2015
 Nelspruit, South Africa
You will leave this experience with a new found appreciation for the role of veterinarians in large landscape wildlife conservation medicine and return to the U.S. with newly developed skills to apply to wildlife health and sustainability issues across the State of Texas.

Wildlife experts will guide participants through activities including animal restraint, administering drugs, field surgery and darting.  Other experiential learning could include interaction with crocodiles, buffalo, and rhinos.

Program Overview: Africa-Vet Study Abroad 2014.pdf
  • VTPB 948: Introducation to Conservation Medicine in Africa (4hrs)
  • VTPB 985-921
  • VPAT 685-621
  • VTPB 485-421
  • Students need to meet with faculty 
  • Good standing with the University
  • This course will require a lot of hiking and physical fitness
  • Visit to Kruger National Park
  • Animal darting/field surgery
  • Transporting and anesthetized animals
  • Elephant ride
  • Guest lectures given by expert South African veterinarians
Estimated Program Fee  (subject to change) -- billed to University Account $4,650
Accommodations, Excursions, Field Trips  and Administration 3300  
Program Related Expenses (hotel, ground transport) 350  
International Health Insurance 22  
Study Abroad Administrative Fee 300  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses (tips, wire transfers, other) 223  
Portion of Faculty Expenses 455  
Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $4,000+
Tuition & Fees (in state resident for 6 credit hours). * View Tuition Estimate 1800  
International Airfare and bus 1900  
Travel Documents (passport and visa--if needed) *145  
Some Meals (those not included in Program Fee) 300  
Textbooks & Supplies varies  
Personal Spending varies