Partnership with Lessons in Conservation

We have some exciting news to share! We are forming a partnership with the NPO, Lessons in Conservation.

LiC educates children in rural communities through interactive lessons, activities and first hand wildlife experiences. They aim to create a connection between children and wildlife, and hope that those children will pass their knowledge to their peers and families, therefore creating a generation that grows to love and accept conservation in the natural world.

In December last year you would have seen that two of our committee members joined LiC’s “Beyond Borders” expedition where they taught over 100 children in a few isolated communities of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Eswatini.

This year two LiC members will be joining our 6 week journey up into Africa. We are excited to incorporate their conservation lessons at the rural schools and charities we plan on visiting. LiC will also share their mission of “Serving to Save” with the veterinary students we meet at the various African universities.

Together, Vet Books for Africa and Lessons in Conservation are going to make an even bigger impact in the lives of both animals and people by working towards “unlocking the true potential of conservation in Africa through the education of its people.”

We look forward to the impact they will help us make up in Africa!

Ending 2019 on a high note

The 2018 team at the University of Zambia

A big thank you to everyone who has been donating to our cause on Global Giving – we have raised $1660 so far, which is a promising start. With your help we were able to finish the 2019 year on a high note.

During our 2020 term we aim to increase this amount to extend our reach into Africa and therefore our impact. Please continue to support us in our endeavors!

Beyond Borders

Over the course of the December month, two of our team members went on a four week expedition into Africa with the central goal being to teach children about the importance of conservation. The trip known as “Beyond Borders” was organized by another NPO, Lessons in Conservation. We hope to partner with them in our future endeavors in an attempt to work together to reach as many students as possible.

Lessons in Conservation (LiC) teaches school children across South Africa about the benefits of conservation for nature as well as for every child’s family. Their Beyond Borders trip was the first time ever that they moved out of South Africa, teaching 104 children in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Eswatini about the importance of conserving the natural world. At the end of each set of lessons (6 lessons), the children was then taken on an excursion into their surrounding game reserves or national park to help to explain how the lessons come together in the real world.

Two Vet Books members, Xander van Eeden and Zandre Pretorius went along to assist in any way possible and even ended up giving some lessons! We believe this was the first step into the right direction to partner and assist another like-minded conservation entity.

Go check out our blog on their experience under recent blog posts!

Over this Giving Season in December, we have also received numerous books and equipment. Thank you to each and every person who has reached out, donated and offered to help. As books and equipment wear out and become outdated, we are always on the lookout for donations of these veterinary and agricultural textbooks, as well as any medical equipment and supplies to be used by struggling veterinary students and conservation charities.

For any such donations, please contact us at vetbooksforafrica@info.org.

Please also consider sharing our website link on social media and even telling your friends and family about our project – or just bring us up in conversation. Help us spread the word about our work and continue to grow our community of supporters.

We as the Vet Books for Africa team and all the students and children we reach would like to thank you for not only to help make a difference in each of their lives, but also in the natural world of conservation! Your support throughout the past year was exceptional and we hope you will continue to support us during the new year. Together we can create a better world for animals and humans alike.


Yours in Conservation
The Vet Books for Africa team

Lessons in Conservation trip: Beyond Borders

Vet Books for Africa is very excited to announce a friendship forming between us and Lessons in Conservation! Lessons in Conservation is a non-profit organisation that believes in educating children from underprivileged communities about conserving the natural world. They feel strongly about creating a lasting connection between people and wildlife. They also work to fund FGASA courses for deserving outstanding students in rural communities. Two of our members had the amazing opportunity to join the Lessons in Conservation Team on their own trip up into Africa this November and December!

Day 1 – 24 November 2019

They first arrived in the town of Musina to get some supplies and to fill up their gas tanks before entering Zimbabwe. On both sides of the border there were magnificent Baobab trees lining the road that gave them a taste of Wild Africa and what lied ahead. At the Beitbridge border post important lessons were learnt about how to cross African borders; valuable knowledge that will definitely be included in planning our 2020 Vet Books trip. Right after the border, the team encountered the dry, sandy Mopani bush that eventually gave way to scenic, green koppies absolutely covered by abundant bushes. After hours and hours of driving, signs of civilization became visible in the increasing number of villages and towns along the wobbly old road, until they arrived in the Capital. After a whopping 1600 kilometers, they ended their first day’s journey up at the home of Anesh Campbell, who treated them with a warm plate of food and plenty of tips on how to manage in the city of Harare.

Day 2 – 25 November 2019

The second day began with a Zimbabwean shopping experience, which was more challenging than a normal shopping trip with the added complexity of the Zimbabwean currency situation. This was something that we would have to keep in mind for our own trip next year. The day was spent at the Emerald Hill Children’s home in Harare, where they presented their first lesson to the children. Our members saw the LiC team in action for the first time and found them to be very impressive in the way they presented. One of the activities included making a food web by walking around and finding any ecological specimens. They were very lucky to find a flap-necked Chameleon, as it gave them the opportunity to show and explain their importance in the ecosystem, making a small but important break through their misinformed fear of reptiles.

The lessons were concluded with fun games with all the children. For the Vet Books members who have never worked with children to this extent, it was an amazing experience where they learned just as much from the children as they learned from them. After a very emotional goodbye they headed back home, feeling very proud of what was achieved. It was encouraging to see the children’s enthusiasm to broaden their knowledge about conservation. Vet Books can contribute a lot to the home and discussions already started with the staff of Emerald Hill on a possible visit during our time spent in Harare

Day 3 – 26 November

They departed from Harare with two very full cars en route to the Kanyemba border into Mozambique. They drove through the most beautiful countryside and every now and again stopped to take some pictures.

At the border they were met by Alex and his team who assisted them in getting their load of luggage and supplies out of the tightly packed vehicles and onto the two boats that would be their transport across the border and to their accommodations for the next week.

They found themselves at the point where the mighty Zambezi and Luangwa rivers met to mark the borders of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. After a lovely cruise on the boats, they arrived at Chawalo Safaris and cooled off in the pool while absorbing the magnificent African sunset.

Day 4 – 27 November

The LiC team had discussions with the Chawalo staff about LiC’s mandate and what would be expected of them in the coming lessons as they knew that they were going to rely heavily on the staff to act as translators and mediators between them and the locals.

That afternoon they met with a few high-ranking government officials from the Zumbo area, who seemed delighted to have assistance with the increasing issues relating to overfishing, poaching and bush burning in the area. The day ended with some planning for their upcoming excursion on a boat cruise on the Zambezi and they were yet again treated with a spectacular sunset.   

Day 5 – 28 November

In the early hours of the morning, the team waited excitedly for the group of 15 children from Zumbo Secondary School to arrive, whom they would be working with for the next week. This group ranged in age from 13 to 22, but in general all had a basic understanding of the conservation problems facing the District of Zumbo and appeared to absorb the given information easily. Mike, the translator and one of the trackers from Chawalo Safaris, fetched the children in a converted Land Cruiser and arrived at camp at about 07:30. They escorted the children to the upstairs section of the main guest area where the lessons would take place. After an introduction of each person present at the lesson, they asked the children to complete a survey, to establish how much prior knowledge they had about conservation. Their first lesson titled “Nature Working Together” demonstrated how limited the earth’s resources are and explained how each organism is interconnected. They all took a break for biscuits and some juice before launching into the second lesson of the day, explaining the importance of the Big Five (In Africa, the Big Five game animals are the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo).

The activities covered during the two lessons included creating their own food web, a race to determine who the “cheetah” of the group was, a lion hunt and the children themselves presenting some strategies to reduce extinction in the area. The children loved the activities and the team concluded that the children were the highlight of the day. The language barrier was as expected; however, Mike did a brilliant job of translating everything into Portuguese, ensuring each concept was relatable to the children. The LiC team drew hope from some of the ideas presented by the children on ways to conserve the resources of Zumbo and they hoped that these ideas would be spread through the community. At the end of the day, the LiC team feel very strongly that they didn’t want those children and their communities to co-exist in harmony with the natural environment because they had to, but because they wanted to.

In preparation for the next day’s lesson on insects, the team had the children set up insect traps, with the idea to let the children discover for themselves just how many insects there truly are in nature. The team concluded with the take home messages and a sandwich before bidding farewell to the excited group of children.

The LiC team and our two Vet Books members ended the day with a fun trip into the river channels, past several crocodiles and hippos. They felt a sense of freedom roaming in the waters beneath them and said that these were some of the fondest memories they brought home with them of Harare.

Day 6 – 29 November

This day combined a terrestrial excursion to a nearby waterhole and a short lesson about insects and the little five. The team briefed the children about what to expect on the walk they all would be embarking on and then split the children into two groups. They explained how to use reference books for birds and trees and then showed them some pictures so that they could practise their recently learnt skills. The excursion was successful largely due to the knowledge of the local guides, Paolo and Mike, and the chief of Zumbo village, Mr. Cordeiro. During the walks they found the spoor of several animals, a dung beetle rolling a dung ball and demonstrated the importance of water holes to the animals in the dry areas away from the river.

After returning to camp and having some refreshments, both the children and school teachers had a lot of burning questions. This was very encouraging as the children were clearly interested in all that they had found during their excursion. The walk focused on insects and so after the questions were answered they launched into the third lessons titled “The smaller things in life.” They explained and demonstrated the metamorphic cycle of insects, why insects are so important and introduced the Little Five (elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion, rhino beetle, buffalo weaver). They ended the lesson and the day by getting the children to dig some pitfall traps, the results of which would be analysed in the morning using the reference books. The day ended in a spontaneous football match that proved to be fun for everyone involved; the kids were extraordinarily fit and even competitive!

Day 7 – 30 November

The LiC team had by now established a good relationship with the children and their teachers and in the atmosphere they felt a general, much needed mindset shift in favor of preserving wildlife. Lesson four was all about “River systems” and was of important knowledge to impart on this particular group of locals, as the Zambezi River is a crucial lifeline to the region. The people relied heavily on the Zambezi for food and employment. The lesson began by asking the children why they believed the river was important and the team was very impressed by the quality of answers. Next, they identified some of the animals that make the river their home and provided information regarding the ecology of two of the most prevalent species in the region; hippos and crocodiles. They then created an aquatic food web and discussed the impacts that over fishing and other human activities have had on the health of the river system. The lesson ended with a discussion of possible threats to the river and forming solutions to these problems. One of the teachers mentioned how in Zambia the government has created regulations pertaining to fishing seasons and how this has been an effective strategy to maintain large populations of fish. We discussed this idea but identified the lack of proper implementation of current fishing laws as the major problem in this situation.

The fifth lesson was an eye opener for the children as they delved into some of the positives regarding snakes and spiders, creatures that are often cast in a negative light by community members. This lesson was enhanced greatly by the capturing of a Western yellow-bellied sand snake, a beautiful rodent-eating snake found in the area. Many of the children were frightened at first, but soon grew to appreciate the beauty of the snake, with some even mustering the courage to hold the reptile on their own.


They ended the day by demonstrating how crocodiles hunt their prey in a small pond not far from the lodge. This turned into a full-blown mud fight and an experience that will stay with the LiC team and the children for years to come.

Day 8 – 1 December

The final and potentially most important lesson of the intervention – creating awareness about employment in conservation – took place in the afternoon. Through this lesson the team relied on the staff of Chawalo Safaris to explain to the children what they do on a day to day basis. A highlight was the explanation given by game scout and tracker Paolo about the responsibilities involved in his profession. We also switched roles and got some of the children behind the lens of the camera, taking pictures of their friends in the soft glow of the early afternoon. The lessons were ended by Mr. Cordeiro, who affectionately became known as Madala, giving speech about the importance of conservation from his perspective and he gave instructions to each of the children to go out and spread the lessons they have learnt through this week with their friends and family. He said that he was extremely grateful for the Lessons in Conservation team coming and, following his observations of the children, was hopeful for the future of conservation in the Zumbo region. Following a safety briefing the children hopped on the boats for their second excursion, a trip along the river looking for some of the biodiversity they had learned about in the previous lessons. The children absolutely loved this, quite literally jumping for joy when they arrived on a sandbank to explore the smaller streams and channels. The way in which they responded to the questions asked and the subsequent questions from them to the team really demonstrated the impact these children experienced in such a short space of time. The teachers expressed the gratitude during the goodbye and asked if they could get access to the slideshows that was used to present the lessons so that they could continue to teach the children about conservation. Emotions were tangible from both sides as they said goodbye to an incredible group of young men and women, and the team could not help but notice that despite the language barrier, wildlife had once again transcended boundaries and united two groups of people who under normal circumstances may never have even met.

Teacher interview comments:

“Thank you for LiC coming to teach about conservation as previously we knew nothing about conservation. Please will you come back and help us to teach more children. We now understand why we must conserve rivers and animals, you are Fantastic. We will do our best to keep teaching the children about conservation and we are sure that your work will help increase the wildlife.”

Day 9 & 10 – 2 & 3 December

The team had an unexpected two full days for themselves, since the lesson plans were finished with the children sooner than expected. They used these days to catch up on administration, finish up their reports and promote their sponsors. All the while they soaked up the amazing piece of Africa they were surrounded with.

They visited a particular Baobab tree that one of the LiC members wanted them to see, with the plan of taking some pictures for a few of the LiC team’s sponsors: Ruggedwear and Mopani Pharmacy. Once the team reached the tree, they stood in awe at how immense the tree was. It was massive, looking like a few Baobabs had converged into this single mass, creating a giant of a tree standing tall and wide and proud.

On their last day, Paulo guided the team up to the top of the local Zumbu mountain. They began their journey quite early in the morning to avoid some of the day’s sweltering heat. Their viewpoint at the summit granted them an unparalleled view into the floodplains of the drainage basin where three countries met. The team was humbled by this amazing, sacred view of Africa.

Day 11 – 4 December

The team departed from Chawalo safaris and made their way back to Harare from the Kanyemba border post, were they were treated with the beautiful landscapes of Zimbabwe. After arriving at Harare, the team regained some needed energy in anticipation of teaching at Emerald Hill Children’s Home the following days.

The town of Zumbu was a bit less rural than northern Zimbabwe that the team had experienced the week before. They found a makeshift marketplace along what they assumed was to be a road, hearing interesting music playing and reducing the whole team into a bunch of dancers, entertaining the locals with their moves.

Day 12 – 5 December

The team had an early morning filled with shopping for food and supplies for the second leg of the trip. The LiC team had put our two Vet Books members, Xander and Zandré, in charge of organising the menu and budgeting for the food in order to help us prepare for our own 2020 trip. This was encouraging to hear, as they both share the portfolio of Routes and Itinerary and would need the practice!

At 1 pm they arrived at the Emerald Hill Children’s Home in Harare to set up and prepare for the  lessons at 2 pm. Being the last day of school for the kids before the Christmas holidays, we initially observed a lack of enthusiasm but after the first activity which consisted of finding an ant and giving it a name (the goal of the activity being to show the kids how plentiful ants are found all across the world) they went back into ultimate focus mode and their previous passion returned. It is believed that the cumulative experience at the home was a huge success, proved by the very emotional and heart-breaking surprise the kids prepared for the team… After playing various games with the children after the lessons as usual, the team was called back by the children to the make-shift classroom where they prepared a thank you and the song.

Every single LiC member had a hard time trying to keep tears from flowing, as it made a huge impression on all of them. It meant especially a lot to our two Vet Books guys as vet students who has been mainly exposed to the animal side of the story throughout their entire lives, they had never felt such a connection with other humans after making such a big impact in these kid’s lives. Realising that these orphans have gone through so much and hide so many scars of their pasts and through animals, education and ultimately conservation that they are able to recover and find their place in the world.

Again, we realised how important it would be if we could try and make a difference during our 2020 trip with supplies and even just a short afternoon filled with some teaching and good old fun and games.

What have we been up to?

This past year has been such an amazing journey! We have been very busy contacting and working with different universities, charities, sponsors and organizations, and selling our exclusive bracelets in between, all with the focus on our upcoming trip up into Africa.

In the time since our committee was chosen, we have achieved a lot! Much of it was made possible through the help of all our generous sponsors. Please go have a look at who is sponsoring us under the Sponsors tab!

On Global Giving, our online fundraising platform, we have set a target of $20 000, and thus far we have almost raised $1000! These funds have helped us achieve some of our goals and let us start an amazing ripple effect in the struggling world of conservation.

Our trip preparation so far:
We have confirmed a visit with the following African Universities:
– Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi
– The University of Zambia
– The University of Zimbabwe
– The Makerere University in Uganda


We are waiting for confirmation from the universities in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania, but we have a strong, long-standing relationship with these universities and have already started preparing their equipment.

The charities that have confirmed so far:
– Kayadzi Primary School in Malawi
– Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya
– Wilimina High School and Tumaini  Jema  Nursery  English  Medium  School in Tanzania
– Vic Falls Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe
– Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya


We are in the process of communicating with several more and eagerly awaiting their confirmation. We intend on visiting at least one conservation charity in every country and to visit a minimum of six schools.

We plan on visiting the following countries as all the committees that came before us:
– South Africa
– Zimbabwe
– Zambia
– Tanzania
– Kenya
– Botswana
– Uganda
– Mozambique
– Malawi


We are looking into expanding our reach to Rwanda and Namibia.

Thus far we have collected the following books and equipment:
– 3 boxes of brand new veterinary textbooks
– 4 boxes of second hand textbooks, with a total of around 70 books
– 12 stethoscopes valued at $90 each
– A bag of surgical equipment, including clamps, pliers and forceps valued at $700
– A box of medical supplies, ranging from gloves to syringes


We are always on the lookout for donations of veterinary and agricultural textbooks as well as any medical equipment and supplies to give to struggling veterinary students and conservation charities. If you can help out with any such donations, please contact us at: info@vetbooksforafrica.org

In the mean time, we have taken on the Rhino & Elephant Art Campaign founded by The Kingsley Holgate Foundation and Project Rhino KZN. The campaign includes teaching community schools about the value of these animals, followed by an opportunity to colour  an A3 rhino or elephant drawing where they also get to write messages against poaching. These art works will be used in a worldwide call to action against rhino and elephant poaching by the youth of the world. We would like to implement this in each of the 6 (minimum) schools we intend to reach as well as reach schools in our home country of South Africa during our two year term of planning.

Maveric Outreach 2019

Partnering up with numerous other student clubs and OPVSC (Onderstepoort Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Committee), we set out together with medical and dentistry students to make a difference in a community close to Pretoria. Anyone and everyone in the community was invited for free medical and dental screenings, and dogs were vaccinated, dewormed and given free dog food. Vet Books for Africa donated Rabies booklets that we handed out to all the children of the community to raise awareness about the zoonotic disease.

World Youth Wildlife Summit 2019

Vet Books for Africa assisted at the World Youth Wildlife Summit of 2019, where 200 youth delegates from across the world came together to address the issue of wildlife crime and what we can do to protect our beautiful animals for generations to come. Teaching and helping these students of age 15-18 years understand the immense problem of poaching, will help them grow into future conservation leaders. We as Vet Books for Africa are immensely proud to have been part of this amazing event and to have been able to play our role in our home country, South Africa, because that is where every small difference starts. The Kingsley Holgate Foundation, Project Rhino KZN and African Wildlife Trust among others, were the main drivers and organizers behind this amazing initiative.

Our current funding partners include:

  • Hills
  • Avimune
  • Bayer
  • BSAVA
  • SAVA
  • Zoetis
  • Ruggedwear
  • BPC
  • IVSA

We cannot wait for the next year and what is to come; we have high expectations of our trip and plan to work hard to achieve it. Follow our journey forward and please think of making a donation on Global Giving to get us that much closer to our goals!

We are passionate about Africa, its people and its animals, and we cannot wait to make a difference on our trip next year!

Yours in Conservation
The Vet Books for Africa team

Partnering with IVSA

Vet Books for Africa and the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) have collaborated for a number of years and, with much excitement, have once again extended the relationship!

IVSA is a non-profit organization run by volunteer veterinary students that was founded in 1953. It is a global organization that involves thousands of veterinary students from over 60 different countries from all around the world.

The mission of IVSA is “To benefit the animals and people of the world by harnessing the potential and dedication of veterinary students to promote the international application of veterinary skills, education and knowledge.”

The way in which this is achieved is by arranging annual meetings (congresses and symposia) and facilitating exchanges between the different member organizations.

IVSA is also very active in arranging various projects and educational opportunities on an international platform with the main focus being on animal welfare, one health, veterinary education, soft skills and general wellness of the veterinary students in our profession. 

IVSA will assist us by collecting books and equipment from various countries and veterinary organisations around the world. We aim to promote them to the best of our ability during our trip next year to help them in building relationships with other Veterinary faculties.

Have a look at what they are up to: http://www.ivsa.org

Vet Books for Africa on GlobalGiving

Vet Books for Africa is extremely excited to announce that our project will be launching on GlobalGiving on the 18th of July, 2019!

GlobalGiving is an online crowdfunding community with the aim of helping various charities and organisations raise the funds they need to make a difference. It connects us to potential donors and companies from across the world, and makes donating as easy as a click away!

Our mission is to empower fellow vet students up in Africa to become better Veterinarians one day, something that can never be taken away from them. It will have a ripple effect on the protection, quality of Veterinarian care and conservation of African animals across the continent.

To realize this goal, we need to raise all the funds needed for our trip. We need funding for the latest veterinary textbooks and publications from international and local sources, 4×4 transportation, accommodation, fuel, food, visas, vaccinations and various miscellaneous supplies on the wish lists of the chosen charities and universities.

We have all the passion, will and dedication needed to achieve this dream, all we need is your financial help to make it a reality.  

If you are able to help us in our cause, please consider clicking this button to go to our page on GlobalGiving.

Donate Now

New Partnership with Wildlife Conservation Trust

We have some exciting news to share! Vet Books for Africa has formed a partnership with Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT).

WCT is an entity that was founded through the efforts of many dedicated people and organizations working towards the conservation of endangered and vulnerable animal species.

The WCT facilitates projects with a focus on conservation, rehabilitation and the protection of wildlife; as well as education and training programs relating to the environment.

Projects associated with the WCT plays a critical role in the relocation and rescuing of abandoned, injured and orphaned animals. All projects are undertaken with the eventual goal of repopulating animals (both captive-bred and rehabilitated) to suitable natural preserves, with a long-term view of benefiting broad-scale wildlife conservation objectives in Southern Africa, for the ultimate well- being of planet earth and its inhabitants.

Wildlife Conservation Trust Vision

  • To make a sustainable difference to vulnerable animal species, specifically those under threat of extinction;
  • To be a partner to those whose work is fundamental to conservation, but who are restricted by a lack of money; as well as those who have the desire and capacity to offer tangible support;
  • To educate people about the need to conserve wildlife and the environment.

Wildlife Conservation Trust Objectives

  • Facilitating sustainable activities relating to conservation, rehabilitation and the protection of wildlife;
  • Facilitating the care of animals in need, as well as the prevention of ill-treatment;
  • Engaging in education and training programmes relating to environmental awareness;
  • Facilitating projects whose focus is on educational enrichment, academic support, supplementary tuition or outreach programmes for the poor and needy;
  • Facilitating training for unemployed persons with the purpose of enabling them to find work that is meaningful and sustainable;
  • Facilitating the provision of school buildings or equipment for public schools and educational institutions engaged in public benefit activities.

Wildlife Conservation Trust offers Vet Books an amazing opportunity to reach even more people and animals with our efforts. We are excited to walk a path together and learn from this awesome organisation how to make a tangible and lasting difference in our continent and its animals!

http://wildlifeconservationtrust.co.za

2020 Committee

Introducing the 2019/2020 Committee:

Gerhard Gregory – Chairperson and Universities
An-Marie van Deventer – Vice Chairperson and Books and Equipment
Xander van Eeden – Routes and Itinerary
Zandre Pretorius – Routes and Itinerary
Elizabeth Burchmore – Fundraising and Social Media
Juane Meyer – Charities and Website
Lize-Mari Marais – Treasurer and Secretary
Pieter Bezuidenhout – Sponsorships and Media

We are a group of Veterinary students that all have the keen desire to unlock the true potential of conservation in our beautiful continent. We believe that this is possible through educating its people, especially those working directly with animals.

We look forward to doing our bit in African conservation. We are both humbled and honored to be chosen for the task!

About Vet Books for Africa

We deliver much needed veterinary textbooks, equipment and wish list items to Veterinary faculties and conservation charities all over southern Africa every two years.

HOW IT GOT STARTED

VET BOOKS FOR AFRICA is a truly unique, student-run venture that was established in 1993 with the aim to empower our fellow veterinary universities in other countries and to build sustainable international relations between veterinary students. We are based in Onderstepoort, Pretoria, South Africa, at the University of Pretoria.

Since 1993 a group of 8 South African veterinary students have been making this amazing trip biannually, making a bigger impact every time. So far we have collectively made 13 trips, reached 6 universities, traveled 84 000 kilometers and distributed approximately 2300 books. 

OUR VISION

Unlocking the true potential of conservation in Africa through the education of its people. One Health. One Africa.

OUR MISSION

We aim to distribute textbooks, journals and other veterinary supplies and equipment to veterinary faculties, rural communities and schools in various countries of Africa, while aiding and volunteering at veterinary clinics and conservation sanctuaries en route.

We strive to promote education and conservation through our actions and to unite veterinary students of Africa in order to achieve the ultimate goal of preserving this world for generations to come.

WHAT DOES THIS ENTAIL?

On a 6-week journey during December 2020 and January 2021, we will drive about 12 000 kilometers in our trip up into Africa. We will be visiting Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda in our endeavor. We plan to distribute much needed veterinary commodities to universities and volunteer at veterinary clinics and conservation sanctuaries en route.

From Strength to Strength

In February the committee of 2017/18 had the difficult job of electing the committee that would carry the mission of Vet Books forward in the best way possible. It was not an easy task; pouring your time, energy and soul into such a beautiful mission for two years will make you quite attached to it. You don’t want to entrust the mission to just anyone. Thus the committee set out to select the eight veterinary students they felt would uphold the legacy the best. After reading a mountain of motivational letters, they selected a group and held interviews with them to get to know the heart behind each candidate. Sitting late into the night after a lot of contemplation, they finally made their choice. A new committee was born.

Vet Books for Africa committee 2017/18, we salute you. You chose us to keep the fire of this cause burning bright, and we will not disappoint you. Thank you for the meaningful contribution you made to the education of Africa’s people and the conservation of Africa’s animals on your trip in December and January. We strive to make you proud in our own quest of making a tangible and lasting difference in Africa. We want to make Vet Books for Africa as meaningful as ever. As Isaac Newton said: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” We as a new committee are both humbled and honored to be chosen to fill your shoes. From strength to strength, Vet Books for Africa will live on.