ITV Studios Anglia Factual, which has made several acclaimed ITV1 wildlife series including Survival With Ray Mears, Wild Britain With Ray Mears, Lion Country and Cheetah Kingdom has returned to Africa to shoot the exciting new TV series Safari Vet School with acclaimed TV vet Steve Leonard.
Steve Leonard will present 12×30 series Safari Vet School, which will track the fortunes of student vets as they come face to face with Africas big five for the first time during a life-changing and action-packed 16 day summer placement. The placement is called VETS GO WILD which is an exclusive programme offered by the UK based company Worldwide Experience, the leading specialists in conservation projects in Africa. The Programme was filmed at the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Working with top wildlife vets alongside the Amakhala Wildlife team, the students, mainly from UK vet schools, will gain valuable experience of exotic wildlife and learn skills ranging from basic capture techniques to wildlife relocation. They will also have the extraordinary opportunity to dart wildlife on the move from helicopters. Filming will be based primarily around the Amakhala Game Reserve located in the malaria free Easter Cape of South Africa, however additional filming will also take place at the Addo National Elephant Park also located in the Eastern Cape.
Steve Leonard said: “Its great to be back in Africa working with the big beautiful iconic species and some of the ugly little jaspers as well. This project is very much hands on allowing me to tap into my veterinary skills and get my hands dirty – and nearly bitten! Im very pleased to be working with the creative team at ITV who really understand wildlife program making and who are as enthusiastic about conservation as I am.”
Dr William Fowlds, head vet at Amakhala Game Reserve commented “The Vets Go Wild experience through Worldwide Experience is a fantastic opportunity to allow budding vets unparalleled wildlife experiences of dealing with some of the worlds most exciting, dangerous and indeed endangered animals.
“At Worldwide Experience we are passionate about conservation and have pioneered wildlife conservation projects alongside sustainable tourism over the years. We hope that through the airing of this exciting TV series we can communicate the important work which is done here and inspire the next generation of wildlife lovers to spread the word in the UK,” commented Rachel Hill, the marketing manager of Worldwide Experience.
Here a sneak preview of the series which is due to be aired on ITV1 on the 6th of Jan, 2012 at 8pm in the evening.
Summer 2012 Vets Go Wild Programme & Course dates for UK Veterinary Students are here!
Vets Go Wild Summer 2012 Course Dates
VGW # 1 21 JUN 2012 – 06 JUL 2012
VGW # 2 12 JUL 2012 – 27 JUL 2012
VGW # 3 02 AUG 2012 – 17 AUG 2012
VGW # 4 23 AUG 2012 – 07 SEP 2012
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