Veterinary Experience

The Veterinary Experience Programme has been developed to expose participants to a career in veterinary medicine. While SANCCOB is not a typical veterinary practice, participants will nonetheless benefit from the opportunity to observe the clinical veterinary work in this world-renowned seabird rehabilitation centre. The programme is only offered at the Table View centre in Cape Town, South Africa, to both local and international persons. One-week and two-week programmes are available and the costs can be found in the veterinary experience information pack.

Participants will be required to work during normal business hours, namely, Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. The programme involves daily supervision and instruction from a qualified veterinarian. Due to the nature of our facility, the veterinarian may on occasion engage in activities which do not constitute clinical veterinary care. During those periods participants will have access to veterinary textbooks, research papers and veterinary standard operating procedures for self-study.
Only one participant will be accepted into the programme at any given time to ensure the most beneficial experience for the participant.

For more information please download the information pack and application form below or contact us directly at

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Animal Professional Experience

If you are an employee of an AZA, EAZA or similarly accredited institution we’d love to have you join us to learn and help on-site, especially during our busiest months.

All aquarists, penguin and seabird keepers, veterinarians, animal trainers, curatorial and education staff from zoos, aquariums and bird parks from around the world are invited to apply. Participants will work closely with the SANCCOB team to care for sick, injured and abandoned African penguins and seabirds.

The programme is hosted throughout the year, excluding July, August and September months. Weather permitting, you’ll also be able to join the life changing experience of being able to release one of these beautiful birds back into the wild at one of the penguin colonies. The duration of the programme is two weeks. Accommodation, flights and food is excluded; however, we have a list of great places to stay that we can recommend in the area, within walking distance of the centre. Should you have any questions or you’d like to receive more information, please email us at We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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