In 2016, Docs4GreatApes answered a call to top up scholarship funding provided by the Houston Zoo for training wildlife veterinarians in East Africa. The Wildlife ConserVet Education Project grew out of our experience sponsoring three outstanding African veterinarians as they faced the challenge of completing their Masters of Science in Wildlife Health Management degree programs.
Read their personal stories below—first as they began in 2016, and then their heartfelt update five years later.
"Being a veterinarian is an amazing gift in my life. I always feel very excited and more than happy any time I work with animals, mostly with great apes... and help them have a better and longer life by treating their illnesses..."
"My professional path has been successful and impactful because I had the chance to work with people who not only care about wildlife but also inspire and develop young professionals..."
"I am honored to be among the Gorilla Doctors graduate team, and would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the study scholarship that enabled me to earn MSc in Wildlife Health Management that did enhance my career skills in wildlife conservation..."
Docs4GreatApes is committed to improving the health of great ape populations, the communities that surround them, and the ecosystem we share, through education.