Zambia Chimp Project: Unique Opportunity for Vets & Students in Primate Medicine


How would you like to spend two weeks in Africa working with some of the world’s foremost experts in great ape medicine? If there is any way you can clear your schedule from October 4 – 20, 2013, you really should consider this unique opportunity.

Zambia-Chimp-Project-anesthesiaTwelve volunteer veterinarians or vet students will be selected to join Worldwide Veterinary Service, the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, and the International Primate Heart Project (IPHP) to carry out full and comprehensive health checks on over 120 chimpanzees. You will learn about the practical aspects of primate medicine and field techniques, including darting, anesthesia, health evaluation, sample collection, ultrasonography, and contraceptive surgery.

No previous experience is required but you must be a registered veterinarian or veterinary student and final selection will be based on resume, letter of intention and booking form. Language will be mainly English but there will be Spanish and French speakers, so all nationalities are welcome at Chimfunshi.

The cost to participate is $2650 / 2000 Euro / £1,800 and that includes accommodation, meals, and local transportation.

I’m honestly considering if I might be able to participate in this myself. I know what a rare opportunity it is to be able to work in this type of setting and with this level of expertise.


You can download the full information packet (PDF) with a lot more details and contact information for the course organizers here:

Zambia Chimps Volunteer Info Pack 2013

Anyone interested in joining??

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5 Responses to “Zambia Chimp Project: Unique Opportunity for Vets & Students in Primate Medicine”

  1. Christie Taylor July 30, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Hi Elliott, let me know if you still need vets. I can absolutely make room in my schedule for this. Sounds like a great opportunity. I’ve recently found your blog – very interesting!

    • Elliott August 1, 2013 at 11:02 am #

      Hey Christie – I think they are still seeking participants so you should shoot an e-mail to to express your interest!


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