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  • Locations: Maun, Botswana
  • Program Terms: Winter School
  • Budget Sheets: Winter School
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Tour Academic Level: Postgraduate, Undergraduate
Study Tours: Governing Faculty: Faculty of Sciences Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
one health

Offered by the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, this study tour is open for DVM III students and postgraduate veterinary students.

This continuous 12-day program of supervised field activities in northern Botswana combines disease surveillance research at the wildlife-livestock interface, ecosystem health and gives an in-depth understanding of the One Health concept.
This program will take place in northern Botswana (including Maun, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park) with the assistance of staff from the Okavango Research Institute of the University of Botswana, the Botswanan Department of Wildlife and National Parks and Department of Veterinary Services. Topics covered may include the following:
  • Disease surveillance at the livestock-wildlife interface in northern Botswana in and around the Okavango Delta
  • Field anaesthesia and sampling of wildlife and sampling of livestock in and around the Okavango Delta where several transboundary diseases (those diseases notifiable by OIE causing significant problems across many countries) are seen.
  • Veterinary management of transboundary diseases in wildlife and livestock
  • Pathology of transboundary diseases in wildlife and livestock
  • Ecosystem health management


This program is anticipated to run from 5 July 2020 to 19 July 2020.

The advertised dates of this program are indicative only and may be subject to change. The School governing this study tour will confirm exact program dates once students have been selected for the program.

Program Fee

The program fee is estimated to be AU$3,800 (depending on exchange rates). Follow the link for the program fee cost breakdown.

This pricing is indicative only and subject to change. Final costs, and information on the cancellation and refund policy can be found when making payment on the Online Shop managed by your School.

Elective Students only: you must enrol into the following course VET SC 7306RW - DVM Elective Topic. The usual tuition fees apply for this course in addition to the study tour program fee listed above.
Students will need to cover their own international airfares.

Students will need to pay a deposit of AU$750 to secure their place on the program.

Financial Assistance
Eligible students may also access up to AU$6,913 (non-Asia) of funding from an OS-HELP loan.
Please review the Study Overseas website to check your eligibility to receive funding and how to apply.

Please note that there will be a limited number of OS-Help Loans available in 2020, and some applicants may not be eligible for an OS-Help Loan. OS-HELP loans can only be processed once students have submitted their loan application forms and have met all eligibility requirements. Once processed, it can take 3-4 weeks for students to receive the funding.

Comprehensive travel insurance is provided free of charge by the University of Adelaide for students receiving credit for this program.

Academic Credit

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students:
DVM 3 students, once approved, can count this study tour towards either their DVM Elective Topic or DVM EMS requirements. Students participating in the trip with the intention of counting it towards their DVM Elective Topic requirements must enrol into VET SC 7306RW - DVM Elective Topic in the corresponding teaching period. The usual tuition fees apply for this course in addition to the study tour program fee listed above.
In regard to DVM EMS requirements this trip cannot count for the 2 week Production Animal Species requirement and is considered a Specialist Practice (not a First Opinion Practice).

Registration and Deadlines
  • Students have been pre-selected for this program.
  • Create your registration by clicking 'Apply Now' before the deadline.
  • Deadline for application submission: Sunday 15 February, 2020

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, you should be able to:
  1. Describe some of the common transboundary diseases and other health issues in wildlife and livestock in northern Botswana and how to diagnose them.
  2. Understand the ecological but also socio-economic impact of diseases and disease management strategies.
  3. Link poverty alleviation programs with animal health management strategies
  4. Understand the complexity of wildlife-human conflict.
  5. Describe how to sample and screen livestock and wild animal populations for common diseases in field situations.
  6. Describe the safe and effective manual and chemical restraint of livestock and wild animals.
  7. Further develop knowledge, skills and/or attitudes including clinical reasoning/problem solving/knowledge, technical skills, communication skills, patient care and professional behaviours.
  8. Have a clear understanding of animal population health surveillance methods and disease indicators.


Students wishing to count this study tour towards their DVM Elective Topic requirements will be assessed by the following criteria:
  1. Participation in various activities, ability and skills associated with clinical reasoning and problem solving together with basic knowledge, and development of technical skills, communication skills, patient care and professional behaviours and attitude - 70%
  2. Critical review on a selected topic (Critically Appraised Topic – CAT) - subject to be agreed with course coordinator beforehand. Students will complete a critical review of up to 3000 words on an area based around an aspect of their elective topic using the principles of evidence-based veterinary medicine - 30%


This study tour is not for the faint hearted. Students’ physical and psychological endurance will be tested. This training will be based mainly in the bush with no access to toilets, showers or electricity. No special dietary requirement (except vegetarian) can be accommodated.

  1. Seek advice from a registered travel doctor – Travel bug or TMVC
  2. All students need to be vaccinated against Rabies to take part in the elective.
  3. Medical advice should be sought for any specific prophylactic treatments including vaccinations.
  4. Malaria has not been diagnosed at the location we work.
  5. You are strongly reminded to be aware of your own safety, the safety of animals and that of your colleagues, at all times.
  6. Keep in mind that conditions on external rotations may be very different from those you have previously encountered.
  7. Exercise common sense and please follow the instructions of your supervisors. If unsure of an instruction or how to behave in a new situation then double check the instruction with the veterinarian accompanying the group or the local supervisor.
  8. Please ensure that you help keep all areas clean and tidy. This includes cleaning up after yourself, putting away equipment, discarding used materials in an appropriate fashion and ensuring high levels of biosecurity.
  9. Be aware of potential conditions that may be contagious to other animals or communicable to humans. This includes skin, respiratory and enteric infectious conditions.


Academic enquiries concerning this subject can be made by contacting your Rotation Coordinator Dr Anne-Lise Chaber,

Study Tour Leader: Dr Anne-Lise Chaber is a conservationist and wildlife veterinarian who focuses on cross-disciplinary approach to Human, Animal and Ecosystem Health. After graduating from the Veterinary Faculty at the University of Liège (ULg) in Belgium, she obtained a Master of Science from the Royal Veterinary College and the Zoological Society of London (UK) and pursued her graduate training with a PhD on disease detection and management at the wildlife-livestock-human interface with the ULg. Anne-Lise has ten years of practical experience as a wildlife veterinarian in captive and wild situation in England, Botswana and the United Arab Emirates. She conducted research on transmission of diseases including Foot and Mouth Disease, Q Fever, Brucellosis at the wildlife-livestock-human interface and on illegal wildlife trade such as the international bushmeat trade and the live exotic pet trade.

Assistant Study Tour Leaders: Dr Boardman is a wildlife veterinarian and conservationist. Since 2014, he has been Senior Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine and Veterinary Biosecurity. Dr Lignereux is a wildlife veterinarian and a field epidemiologist and researcher.

For information about applications and administration, please contact Study Overseas.