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Small Animal All-Inclusive* Safari Event - 6 Days of Lectures, Practical Sessions & Amazing Wildlife

CPD Courses
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Vets and Vet Students
DAP Equinox, near Antwerp, Geelsebaan 95, Kasterlee, 2460, Belgium

VetPD has combined an exhilarating week-long safari experience in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Johannesburg, South Africa, with a total of 25 hours of safaris, 22 hours of cutting-edge lectures / case discussions and 30 hours of workshops/wetlabs on live dogs and specimens for attendees to choose from. The following internationally renowned speakers will be involved with this event and are aiming their lectures and wetlabs at experienced general and advanced practitioners: Prof. Gilles Dupré (University of Vienna, Austria), Dr. Peter Kronen (Veterinary Anaesthesia Services – International, Switzerland) and Prof. Mike Herrtage (University of Cambridge, UK).

The Dinokeng Game Reserve is a malaria-free game reserve, 1 hours' drive from Johannesburg International Airport. There the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard & rhinoceros) roam wild and free in the 18,500-hectare game reserve.  Bass fishing and the obligatory swimming pool will provide you with the ideal environment to relax with your friends and accompanying partner/guest. The lectures and wetlabs will be held at Mongena Game Lodge.  Guest will be staying at one of the following stunning Lodges within the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a short scenic drive from Mongena Game Lodge:  Chameleon Bush Lodge and Wild Ways Bush Camp.

From Mon – Thu there will be a total of 4-5 hrs of sunrise- and sunset safaris per day and the lectures and practical sessions will be held between 10.15am – 3.30pm.  Every day attendees can choose from several streams of highly illustrated lectures (in English) or workshops/wetlabs on a wide range of current imaging, orthopaedic, medical, anaesthesia & surgical topics.  The evenings will be free for leisurely wining and dining, to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.

During the event open and frank discussions are encouraged and the speakers will share their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures.  There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss diagnostic/therapeutic strategies and cases with the speakers during the lectures or the dedicated case discussions.

The 30 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live dogs and specimens in small groups, all under the supervision of the specialists.

Overview of Workshop/Wetlab Topics:


  • Laparoscopic Spay on live Dogs (2 attendees per instructor & dog)
  • Laparoscopy Drylab & Ex-Vivo Lab
  • General Anaesthetic Techniques on live Dogs (incl. induction, maintenance, routine & advanced ventilation techniques etc.)
  • Regional & Epidural Anaesthesia Techniques on Cadavers
  • Abdominal Ultrasound on live Dogs
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy Techniques on Cadavers
  • Joint Tap Techniques on Cadavers
  • Radiography of the Head on Cadavers
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Endoscopy & Otoscopy on Cadavers


  • Update on Brachycephalic Syndrome – Surgery, Anaesthesia, Medicine & Orthopaedics
  • Beyond Basics – Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Diagnostics & Imaging
  • Analgesia for the Orthopaedic Surgical Patient
  • Anaesthetic Ventilation Techniques
  • Abdominal Ultrasound (incl. Ultrasound-guided Biopsy Techniques)
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Update on Canine Hyperadrenocorticism
  • Medical Diagnostic Imaging
  • Respiratory Tract Medicine

On Friday there won’t be any lectures or practical sessions, which will allow attendees and their partners/guests to relax at the pool, go for a bush walk or go on a daytrip to explore this beautiful region.

Daytrips to Glen Afric Country Lodge, the home of the TV Series 'Wild at Heart' and where you can 'Walk with Elephants', Mystic Monkeys & Feathers (A wildlife park that allows for playing with cubs), Diamond Mine Cullinan, The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Horse Riding Adventure and Quad Bike Safari to name but a few can be organised through Mongena (Subject to availability and surcharges (transfers & entrance at cost) apply).

With regards to the practical sessions, please note that spaces are limited. We will allocate spaces on a first come first serve basis so make sure you register early.

*The event fee includes airport transfers, accommodation, all meals (incl. tea/coffee and one soft drink per meal), transfers between lodges and the sunrise and sunset safaris from Monday to Thursday, ll lectures and wetlabs as well as extensive event notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to stay in a single room or can share a room with another attendee at a reduced price.  Attendees are also welcome to attend the event with a partner/guest (special guest price available).  The event fee does not include flights or alcoholic drinks. Rooms are allocated at the discretion of VetPD. Early event registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

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