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Veterinary Salary

Animals gets hurt now and then, they fight or get hurt while chasing their prey. The thorns in the bush is a big problem for animals whilst hunting, especially Cheetahs and Leopard who chase their prey through the bush.

We have our local vet who helps us in everyday emergencies and for that we need to find a sponsor who will pay the bills from the vet.

Our vet bills are around 100.000 Namibian dollars a year.



Please bear in mind that at this point in time, AFRICAT requires FUNDING to cover the Salary for a Veterinarian for at least 2 years.

Once the funding has been sourced, we shall then put the word out for an experienced Namibian Vet, despite the difficulties surrounding the combination Wildlife Vet & Researcher.

There is great difficulty in obtaining a Work Visa, Permit and Permanent Residence for a foreign Vet, but if all else fails, we may have to go that route, emphasising the need for and the lack of Namibian Vets with sufficient wildlife experience and research qualifications.

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1. Official ruling by the Namibian Veterinary Association.
The current Namibian legislation defines the act of anaesthesia in animals as a veterinary only procedure, and can therefore only be carried out in Namibia by a Namibian registered veterinary surgeon. Likewise the drugs required to produce a state of anaesthesia may only be used by a Namibian registered veterinary surgeon.

2. Frequency of Immobilisation by a qualified WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN:
2.1. At AfriCat Okonjima, darting needs within the 16 000 ha Park for the short – medium term (3-5 yrs): approx. 20 cheetah, 20 Leopards, 10 Hyaena + 10 Wild Dog – note that the numbers mentioned are NOT the totals at present but rather the potential in the medium term; each of these animals MAY have to be darted due to the following reasons: injury – for examination in the field; removal from the field and surgery at the Clinic; post-operative anaesthetic for follow-up treatment or examination; annual health checks; removal or replacement of telemetry collars; immobilisation for removal to relation site; other research purposes. The frequency of these opportunities' cannot be assessed at this point, but a vet is needed ON-SITE or within travelling distance of approx. 3-5 hours.                      

2.2. At AfriCat Okonjima Care Centre: depending on the number of 'ambassador carnivores' resident at AfriCat Okonjima, a vet is needed for the annual health check, any injuries or health issues on a day-to-day basis.

2.3. At AfriCat North, where the Lion Sanctuary holds 5 lion and 1 leopard at present; annual health check and day-to-day injury or health issues would require a vet.

2.4. AfriCat North Communal Carnivore Conservation Programme (CCCP) – this project would require a vet whenever a lion or other carnivore (s) are immobilised either for removal off commercial or communal farmland or for research purposes (collaring/brand-marking); the frequency thereof cannot as yet be determined but the approximate number of KNOWN lions leaving the Etosha Park annually (most of which are destroyed by farmers) = approx. 60 – 100. Not all lions will be found nor immobilized, but should the opportunity arise to either return lions to the Park, to monitor research lions  or  quarantine lions prior to relocation to other areas within Namibia, a vet should be ON SITE within 2-3 hours and be prepared to remain with the Unit for at least 7 days, before the capture opportunity is reduced.

2.5. General or Carnivore Research: The CCCP has included a Lion Research section, (for which a research Permit has already been granted), which would include immobilising, collaring and/or brand-marking a number of trans-boundary lions (lions leaving and returning to Etosha) to establish their movements, etc.

2.5.1. Any other research projects which may be initiated within the Okonjima Park,  along the borders of the Etosha National Park or in communal conservancies.  The Research requirement is a pre-requisite for employment of the AfriCat Veterinarian.

2.6. Should the opportunity or necessity arise where the AfriCat Vet could assist the Ministry of Environment & Tourism or another like-minded Charity or Organisation, with either restricted research needs or short-term immobilisation requirements.

2.7. A community service (large and small animals from surrounding farmland) may be included in the programme, but this will be discussed if the need arises.


3. Lack of available Veterinarians. AfriCat comprises a number of sectors requiring immediate veterinary expertise, i.e. injury to a carnivore in our care centre either on Okonjima or AfriCat North, injury to a carnivore within the Okonjima Park, research needs of the AfriCat CCCP, immobilisation needs of the CCCP, (either for  relocation or monitoring). In each of the above-mentioned cases, the fact that there exists only two Veterinary Clinics employing only two veterinarians in Otjiwarongo, the closest town to AfriCat Okonjima – these vets are seldom available for cases which require them to leave their clinics unattended (AfriCat North lies 260 km north of Otjiwarongo). There are no private Wildlife Vets available to assist AfriCat North. The state Veterinarian, based in Okaukuejo, (Etosha National Park), is seldom available for carnivore-related cases along the boundaries of the Park, as he is responsible for all veterinary needs within the Park, He is also required to travel abroad as well as to neighbouring and other African countries. 


4. Budget
N$ 30-40,000 per MONTH 

(April 2012 at AGM: amended to N$ 20 000.00 (Okorusu has pledged 10 000.00 per month for a Vet for the CCCP Programme); this would include a house and a vehicle (who fits the bill for housing / vehicle, Okonjima or AfriCat, remains to be sorted), but medical aid, personal insurance, pensions etc, would be their own cost (there exists a Group Medical Scheme which Okonjima offers their employees, which may be available to the prospective Vet, but this should be discussed prior).

Depending on where the Vet work is required, accommodation will be available; when the Vet is in the field, a tent, etc. will be available.


(Motivation from prev. Reply)

There are an increasing number of YOUNG vets coming into Nam from African countries, as well as a number of our own Namibians qualifying annually, BUT we would NEED A WILDLIFE VET with some experience.

There is also a RESEARCH angle to this position, where we would (ideally) need for the vet to engage in large carnivore research to assist us in the research projects (i.e. the projects running within the Okonjima park, support the National census' when they are due, lion research along the Etosha borders and elsewhere); THIS MAY BE A DIFFICULT TASK, to source a vet with DUAL INTERESTS, but I do feel that with both angles in mind, we could find someone interested in the broader concept.

This right person may be difficult to find within Namibian borders – there are always issues in employing a foreign vet regarding Permits, BUT, if we go the VET / RESEARCHER angle, there is no-one (OR FEW) with that qualification here, so the government may see it in a different light.

Also, we need to include the angle of involving UNAM Vet / Nat. Con students in this programme, which will provide yet another reason for government.


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