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Safari Vet School

All Episodes 2012

  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 2011-06-01T00:00:00-07:00
  • 30 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
Safari Vet School is the challenge of a lifetime for 32 vet students, the cream of UK universities, who are at one of the toughest vet schools in the world. At the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, the students are about to undertake vital wildlife training on their quest to become the best vets they can be. Under the guiding hand of chief vet Dr Will Fowlds, the students will tackle everything from lions to rhinos, giraffes to elephants. For some it’s the first time they’ve seen these iconic species and for all of them it’s the first time they’ve had to treat wild animals. From the classroom to the bush it’s a physical and emotional journey as they face fear, danger, drama and are challenged beyond anything they have experienced before. Accompanying the students is popular vet and TV presenter Dr Steve Leonard. He’s their guide and mentor as the students cope with the tears and terrors of being a wildlife vet. Filming for the series took place in June and July 2011 on location at game reserves through out the Eastern Cape. From its inception the series has been nearly a year in the making and utilised an international cast and crew of over 70 people across pre-production, filming and post production to bring the series to the screen. Safari Vet School was filmed multi-camera to reflect the dramatic action taking place in many scenes. Personal interviews are interwoven into every episode, giving a unique insight into each student’s journey across the series. And of course, there’s some beautiful wildlife. A cast of colourful and ambitious vet students, an array of dangerous wild animals, set against the spectacular backdrop of the South African bush: Safari Vet School is sure to make compulsive viewing.

12 episodes

1x01 Safari Vet School

  • Series Premiere

    2012-06-01T12:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Tears and terror as straight ‘A’ students from the cream of UK vet schools step up to the life and death challenges of being a wildlife vet. Pinning down animals barely under sedation with claws and teeth that could rip them to sheds, welcome to one of the toughest vet schools in the world.

1x02 Lion and Zebra

  • 2012-01-13T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

Sixteen British vet students face a terrifying challenge. Charlotte has never even seen a lion and now has to operate on one; Thom has a stand-off with a very angry zebra. Learning to be a wildlife vet is about to get even tougher.

1x03 Rhino

  • 2012-01-20T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

The rhino is being poached to extinction. At one of the toughest vet schools in the world 16 British vet students learn what it takes to be a wildlife vet and what they can do in the fight to save the rhino.

1x04 Giraffe

  • 2012-01-27T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

A mother and baby giraffe have to be moved to another game reserve, but first they have to be caught. Sixteen British vet students experience the triumph and trials of being a wildlife vet.

1x05 Oryx

  • 2012-02-03T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

In the wilds of South Africa, UK vet students Thom, Nadia and Natalie, are learning to expect the unexpected when a procedure to capture and remove Oryx doesn’t go to plan.

1x06 Dogs

  • 2012-02-10T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

TV vet Steve Leonard is pushed to the limit as he is left in charge of 16 students and a hall full of barking dogs. And Nadia gets another chance to act as team leader.

1x07 Lion and Rhino

  • 2012-02-17T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

Thom and Camilla come up against big problems when it looks like their captured lion is in trouble. The students deal with black rhino which can be incredibly ferocious.

1x08 Hartebeest

  • 2012-02-24T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

While relocating some hartebeest, Hannah's team are faced with a potentially serious situation when the temperature of one of the anesthetised creatures keeps rising.

1x09 Eland and Giraffe

  • 2012-03-02T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

The students are at the neighbouring Shamwari Game Reserve preparing to capture a herd of eland and a breeding pair of giraffes, but not everything goes to plan.

1x10 Zebra

  • 2012-03-09T12:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

The students have to capture a zebra and all seems to be going well until the animal's heartbeat leaps dramatically - can they get things back on course?

1x11 Buffalo

  • 2012-03-16T13:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Newly qualified vet Sam from Cambridge University is team leader responsible for darting and moving two buffalo - so Will and Steve want to see how he shapes up under pressure.

1x12 Final Episode

  • 2012-03-23T13:00:00-07:00 — 30 mins

Last in the series following British veterinary students as they study in South Africa. It is the last day of the course at the school and Rebecca is desperate to prove her worth.