Chemical Immobilization Course

The most comprehensive course for wildlife veterinarians

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The course is presented by Source Tree (Pty) Ltd, in collaboration with Wildlife Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd and, to both local and international veterinarians. This is an in-depth course on the various aspects of the different chemical preparations used in the wildlife industry. Participants are offered lectures and practical demonstrations on the immobilization of high-risk anesthetic species, such as the rhino and giraffe. Please note that we include practical experience as clinical call-outs or management operations occur. No animals are darted purely for demonstration purposes and thus we cannot guarantee the species that might be available during a specific course. Lecturers are all experienced in the fields they present, and practical hands on experience will be gained both in confined and free ranging animals.


The course is streched over 7 days.





- Practical demonstrations and active participation in field work;

- Applied physiology;

- Pharmacological principles from injection to recovery;

- Current and new pharmacological preparations;

- Equipment - darting with a wide range of projectors;

- Basic principles of immobilisation;

- Species specific information;

- Problems under anaesthesia;

- Accidental human injection;

- Confined space darting;

- Legal aspects of darting, keeping records and registers.


$2200 USD.

All fees must be paid in full before the specific course commences. Reservations are based on first come, first serve basis. $50.00 US surcharge per vegetarian, per course. Vegans need not apply as our facilities can simply not prepare meals for vegans as the vegan dietary requirements are beyond our abilities. We are remotely located and our suppliers do not stock all the necessary meal replacements a vegan diet would require.


Pick up and drop off at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) OR City Bug bus stop in Nelspruit;

Accommodation and meals at Source Tree Lodge;

All equipment and drugs used during the course;

Transportation to and from captures, callouts and outings;

Gate and entrance fees at Parks and institutions;

All accommodation and food costs should it be necessary to sleep away during the course;

A comprehensive set of digital notes;

Take a look at our partners:

Wildlifevets | Wildlife Pharmaceuticals | Source Tree

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