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Conservation Medicine, a ‘One Medicine’ course | Namibia | December 2022


Join World Extreme Medicine and the N/a’an ku sê Foundation for a new and unique course, Conservation Medicine, exploring amazing work of conservation projects and what is required to take your medical skills into the wild.

Conservation Medicine is open to both medical and animal health professionals.

One Medicine is a movement to create networks and collaborations between human medicine and veterinary medicine.

Start: 4 December 2022, 17:00
End: 11 December 2022, 10:00

  • Space: Sold Out – Please contact for waiting list
  • Prerequisites:
    • Veterinary, Medical or Allied Health Professional
    • Students in the final two years of study

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Intro to Conservation Medicine Namibia

Working with the world renowned N/a’an ku sê Foundation we’ve designed a brand new Conservation Medicine course unlike anything else. If you’re keen to take your medical skills into conservation projects, nature reserves, remote communities or simply have a passion for conservation, this course is for you.

What is ‘One Medicine”?.  The origin of the One Medicine concept has been linked to the 19th century German physician and pathologist, Rudolf Virchow, whose discoveries on Trichinella spiralis in pork led to valuable public health measures (1). Virchow coined the term “zoonosis” and proclaimed that there should be no dividing line between human and animal medicine. Source Article.


The Conservation Medicine course brings together the unique experience of Dr Rudie van Vuuren (physician and conservationist), Marlice van Vuuren (conservationist), resident vets and the N/a’an ku sê Foundation’s medical team. This highly specialised group will deliver an unrivalled syllabus of content aimed at preparing you for work on the wilder side of life.

During the course you’ll explore conservation medicine, African zoonosis, venomous animals, wildlife immobilisation (theory and practical), anti-poaching, survival in the bush, life in remote clinics, rural outreach and infections diseases. Special highlights such as orientation of the Reserve, carnivore feeding tour, Namibian braai and your choice of a Cheetah walk, baboon walk or horse riding will leave you with lifelong memories of this incredible location.

Much of the course will be based at the N/a’an ku sê Foundation which is set within a 10,000 hectare reserve which now includes the newly developed Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary. The main aim of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary is to assist and care for any rhinos or elephants that have been injured or orphaned in a poaching incident. The Sanctuary is one of many projects at N/a’an ku sê funded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation over the years, and is a collaboration between N/a’an ku sê, JPF and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

You will also visit Epikuro, a remote settlement which is home to the Foundation’s Lifeline Clinic  whichprovides primary healthcare to almost 3,500 patients every year, 40% of whom are children and babies, and more than 90% are San Bushmen. As well as examining and treating patients at the clinic and outreach sites, a key function is to transport and admit patients in urgent need of medical attention to the nearest hospital in Gobabis, 120km away.

Accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 30 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.

What’s included?
All tutoring, accommodation and meals during the course
WEM care package

What’s not included?
International travel costs
Travel and health insurance
Personal equipment

Do you need travel and health insurance?
We recommend all participants travelling outside of their home country, or where aero-medical evacuation may be required, have specific travel insurance in place for the expedition.

For your safety and security, we reserve the right to refuse access to an expedition until we have details of adequate insurance cover provided to us.

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Transfers will be available from Windhoek throughout the day on Sunday 5th December.

You will return to Windhoek after breakfast on Sunday 12th December.

When making travel plans we find a super helpful site.

Course Content

  • Conservation medicine
  • Common African Zoonosis
  • Snakes, Scorpions and Spider of Namibia
  • Orientation of the Reserve and carnivore feeding tour
  • Anti-poaching overview and case studies
  • Wildlife immobilisation: Pharmacology, practical aspects, game capture
  • Wildlife darting (practical)
  • Survival in the African Bush
  • Survival skills with the San people
  • Lifeline Clinic tour
  • Clinic case studies – infectious diseases
  • Namibian braai





  1. Virginia Liberton (verified owner)

    I went to this course in 2019 not knowing what to expect, after working at the Lifeline Clinic for four weeks. It was my first time volunteering as a doctor and I couldn’t have felt more welcome and supported by the translators, manager and nurse.
    The course itself is entails many subjects: snake/animal bites, veterinary science regarding darting and health checks of wild animals, tracking game, anti-poaching,… and is a good blend of lectures and activities. Being a novice I learned so much regarding conservation and wildlife.
    The Naankuse staff are incredibly passionate and helpful.
    Regarding constructive feedback I would have liked to learn more about San culture and their traditional medicine and I hope next time they’ll provide a schedule to the participants.
    I definitely recommend this course to any medic or nurse who wants to broaden their view and learn about a totally different aspect of medicine.

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