Small Animal All-Inclusive* Safari Event - 6 Days of Lectures, Practical Sessions & Amazing Wildlife

Small Animals

Date: Sun 6th Nov 2022 - Sat 12th Nov 2022
Venue: Mongena & other surrounding Game Lodges
Location: Dinokeng Game Reserve (Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport)
Contact Hours: 18 hours
Event Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
  • Choose currency at checkout
1 Vet - all inclusive -
EUR 2970.00
EUR 3270.00
1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest (no CE) -
EUR 3690.00
EUR 4060.00
2 Vets - shared room, all inclusive -
EUR 5490.00
EUR 5990.00
Early Booking Deadline: Friday 2nd September 2022
Registration Deadline: Monday 31st October 2022

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending events abroad and for all attendees when attending events in the UK.


The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place


COVID-19 Update
We have firm plans to hold all advertised courses and events scheduled between August and December as announced on our website, provided that restrictions will have been lifted by then. We would like to reassure you that if you register for one of our upcoming courses, you will or can opt to receive a full refund if the course/event should have to be postponed or cancelled due to restrictions associated with Covid-19. We will of course continue to closely monitor developments and government advice, as well as adhering to routine social distancing and anti-viral procedures on the courses. As usual, we urge you to not make any non-refundable travel or accommodation arrangements until VetPD has confirmed in writing that the course/event will indeed take place and to have suitable travel insurance in place, should the situation / government advice suddenly change.


Sun 6. - Sat 12. November, 2022– 6 Days of Lectures, Practical Sessions (incl. laparoscopic spays) & Amazing Wildlife



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VetPD has combined an exhilarating week-long safari experience at the Mongena Game Lodge****  in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Johannesburg, South Africa, with a total of 25 hours of safaris, 21 hours of cutting-edge lectures / case discussions and 28 hours of workshops/wetlabs on live dogs and specimens for attendees to choose from. The following internationally renowned speakers will be involved with this event and are aiming their lectures and wetlabs at experienced general and advanced practitioners: Dr. Bart Van Goethem (Ghent University, Belgium), Dr. Peter Kronen (Veterinary Anaesthesia Services – International, Switzerland), and Prof. Mike Herrtage (University of Cambridge, UK).


The Dinokeng Game Reserve is a malaria-free game reserve, 1 hours' drive from Johannesburg International Airport. There the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard & rhinoceros) roam wild and free in the 18,500-hectare game reserve.  Bass fishing and the obligatory swimming pool will provide you with the ideal environment to relax with your friends and accompanying partner/guest. The lectures and wetlabs will be held at Mongena Game Lodge.  Guest will be staying at one of the following stunning Lodges within the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a short scenic drive from Mongena Game Lodge:  Chameleon Bush Lodge and Wild Ways Bush Camp.

From Mon – Thu there will be a total of 4-5 hrs of sunrise- and sunset safaris per day and the lectures and practical sessions will be held between 10.15am – 3.30pm.  Every day attendees can choose from several streams of highly illustrated lectures (in English) or workshops/wetlabs on a wide range of current imaging, orthopaedic, medical, anaesthesia & surgical topics.  The evenings will be free for leisurely wining and dining, to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.

During the event open and frank discussions are encouraged and the speakers will share their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures.  There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss diagnostic/therapeutic strategies and cases with the speakers during the lectures or the dedicated case discussions.

The 30 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live dogs and specimens in small groups, all under the supervision of the specialists.

Overview of Workshop/Wetlab Topics:


  • Laparoscopic Spay on live Dogs (2 attendees per instructor & dog)
  • Laparoscopy Drylab & Ex-Vivo Lab
  • General Anaesthetic Techniques on live Dogs (incl. induction, maintenance, routine & advanced ventilation techniques etc.)
  • Regional & Epidural Anaesthesia Techniques on Cadavers
  • Abdominal Ultrasound on live Dogs
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy Techniques on Cadavers
  • Radiography of the Head on Cadavers
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Endoscopy & Otoscopy on Cadavers


  • Update on Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Beyond Basics – Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Analgesia for the Orthopaedic Surgical Patient
  • Anaesthetic Ventilation Techniques
  • Abdominal Ultrasound (incl. Ultrasound-guided Biopsy Techniques)
  • Update on Canine Hyperadrenocorticism
  • Medical Diagnostic Imaging
  • Respiratory Tract Medicine
  • etc.

On Friday there won’t be any lectures or practical sessions, which will allow attendees and their partners/guests to relax at the pool, go for a bush walk or go on a daytrip to explore this beautiful region.

Daytrips to Glen Afric Country Lodge, the home of the TV Series 'Wild at Heart' and where you can 'Walk with Elephants', Mystic Monkeys & Feathers (A wildlife park that allows for playing with cubs), Diamond Mine Cullinan, The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Horse Riding Adventure and Quad Bike Safari to name but a few can be organised through Mongena (Subject to availability and surcharges (transfers & entrance at cost) apply).

With regards to the practical sessions, please note that spaces are limited. We will allocate spaces on a first come first serve basis so make sure you register early.

*The event fee includes airport transfers, accommodation, all meals (incl. tea/coffee and one soft drink per meal), transfers between lodges and the sunrise and sunset safaris from Monday to Thursday, all lectures and wetlabs as well as extensive event notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to stay in a single room or can share a room with another attendee at a reduced price.  Attendees are also welcome to attend the event with a partner/guest (special guest price available).  The event fee does not include flights or alcoholic drinks. Rooms are allocated at the discretion of VetPD. Early event registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.


Additional Terms & Conditions:

  1. VetPD Ltd, accepts liability for the event program only (lectures & practical sessions)
  2. Liability for airport transfer, accommodation, meals and all other pre-booked components (safari & golfing activities etc.) rest with the Mongena Game Lodge. Cancellation of these components of the event is subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Mongena Game Lodge (see here for further details).
  3. Attendees are expected to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance in the event of unforeseen circumstances leading to attendees falling ill or having to cancel their trip to South Africa.
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    Peter Kronen
    DVM,, Dipl ECVAA


    European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia
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    Peter graduated from the University of Munich (Germany) after studies in Pisa (Italy) and Munich.  Thereafter he completed a Doctorial degree at the University of Pisa while working in a busy small animal referral center in tuskany where he developed his love for Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Intensive Care. He went on to train at the Brigham and Women’s Research Center in Boston (MA,USA) and completed his residency at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) where he stayed on as a junior faculty member. From there he conducted research and teaching projects in Viet Nam and on Guam Island.

    He moved further west to become a lecturer in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the University of California (Davis, CA, USA). Coming back to Europe he worked for the University of Berne (Switzerland)and completed a Swiss Thesis as well as his European Specialty Boards.  In 2006 , together with Urs Schatzmann, he founded VAS as the first internationally available Anaesthesia and Analgesia Specialty Service outside the USA. Numerous research, teaching and clinical collaborations have arose since then, but Peter also works for the University of Zürich and is Group leader for Experimental Anaesthesia and Analgesia in the CABMM (Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine), a joint Competence Center of the ETH and the University of Zürich.

    Peter is also very involved in the professional organisation of Anaesthesia and Analgesia around the world as he is current President of the AVA, Member of the Board of Directors of the IVAPM, President of the IVAPM Research and Scholarship Foundation, honorary secretary of the IASP Special intersest group for non-human species and member of the WSAVA’s Global Pain Council.

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    Mike Herrtage

    United Kingdom

    European Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine & Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
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    Mike Herrtage graduated from the Liverpool University and is currently Professor of Small Animal Medicine. He is Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and is in charge of the small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging services at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital. His clinical responsibilities include all aspects of small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging.

    He was awarded the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (B.S.A.V.A.) Woodrow Award in 1986 for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine and the B.S.A.V.A. Blaine Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine in 2000. In 2014, he was awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association International Award for Scientific Achievement for outstanding contributions by a veterinarian, who has had a significant impact on the advancement of knowledge concerning the cause, detection, cure and/or control of disorders of companion animals.

    He has been President of the British Veterinary Radiology Association, President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, President of the European Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine and President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. He is a Diplomate of both the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and was until recently President of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

    He has spoken at many international meetings and published over 200 articles in refereed journals.

    Special interest in endocrine and metabolic disorders. Please visit Mike’s research profile for further information.

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    Bart Van Goethem
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVS


    European Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
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    Bart graduated from Ghent University (Belgium) in 1996. He initially spent 4 years working in his own general practice combined with a part-time function as surgical assistant at Ghent University. In 2001 he started an ECVS residency training at Utrecht University (the Netherlands). He then went to private practice and worked as a surgeon in different referral clinics.

    He returned to Ghent University in 2005, became diplomate of the ECVS in 2007, became head of soft tissue surgery clinics in 2009, and obtained a PHD at Utrecht University in 2016. He is an enthusiast propagator of minimally invasive surgery, lectures national and international, has written 40+ articles and 5 book chapters, and acts as reviewer for a national and several international journals.

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    Marianne De Ridder


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    Marianne De Ridder is a surgeon at Anicura Verwijscentrum Dordrecht en Haaglanden in the Netherlands.

    From a young age she knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian and in 2009 Marianne graduated as a veterinarian at Ghent University, Belgium. She finished her EVCS residency.

    Marianne performs soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic surgeries and has an interest in oncologic surgeries.

    At home she has 2 Belgian Malinois and enjoys walking and running.

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Event Program

Mongena & other surrounding Game Lodges


Mongena Game Lodge
Rust De Winter Road
D48 Dinokeng Game Reserve
Hammanskraal, Gauteng

Frequently Asked Questions

Travel to Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa

  • Mongena Game lodge is located in the Dinokeng Game Reserve and one of the biggest lodges in the area. Dinokeng Game Reserve is in a malaria free area. Check your government advice on vaccination etc as it differs for country to country.

The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for South Africa: hepatitis Ahepatitis Btyphoidcholerayellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Shot lasts 2 years.

Money and tipping

The local currency is South African Rand (ZAR) (100R is approximately $7.40 / £5.60 / €6.50)

It is advisable to exchange money into local currency – either at the airport or in your country ahead of the event. However, there is a shop nearby, where the rangers or VetPD can take you to, which has an ATM.

There is no expectation of tipping at Mongena Game Lodge. The guideline is voluntary tipping of 10% on service fee/food/beverages


Plugs  are different and special adpaters need to be brought. Same applies to Voltage for vets traveling from the from US

Dress Code

The entire event is very casual. For wetlabs, shorts and t-shirt are perfectly fine.

For dinner, the dress code is also very casual.

During the early morning and evening safaris a warm jumper, cardigan or coat is useful to have as it can get quite cold on the open plan jeeps.

Don’t forget to pack: Top tips

  • Adaptor for South African wall plugs
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect spray
  • Binoculars

Optional Excursions

While the game drives at Mongena lodge are part of the attraction, you can also choose to visit some attractions outside Dinokeng Game Reserve.

The area offers lots of interesting places, activities and exciting things to do! Within just one to two hour drives you´ll get to some spectacular destinations. Take a look below!

If you need any further information or like to pre-book, please get in touch. For many of these events prebooking is essential and spaces are limited!

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah CentrePreservation & protection of cheetahs

Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Zoo  Playing with cubs

Quad Bike Safari  Guided safari also for non experienced            

Diamond Mine Cullinan  Guided surface tour of a working diamond mine

Glen Afric Country Lodge  Home to the ‘Wild at Heart’ film place                                     

Microlite Flight – Go up if you dare


If you would prefer to book 'Lectures & Practical sessions only' alternative lodgings are available and can be booked:

Please get in touch with regards to special prices for Lectures & Practical sessions only.

“A once-in-a-lifetime experience combining continuing education with adventure - very professional and flexible organisers.”

Tore Malmei, Veterinærene Nyland & Malmei, Norway

“Very well-organized event with superb wetlabs supervised by highly-dedicated speakers. Great spouse program!”

Päivi Nussbaumer, Clinique du Vieux Château, Swizterland

“Well organised, small initmate course with great academic content.”

Angela Rogers, Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital, South Africa

“Super meeting with vets all over the world, real holiday atmosphere, a congress I would book again anytime, Super staff and service of your team and Mongena, we really enjoyed it and still do.”

Michael Saxer

“Very good quality conference with amazing outside activities, great accommodation & food which made it a very enjoyable week. It is easy to very nice to meet the other attendees.”

Mailys Giradoux