Dr Chap Masterson - Project Veterinarian
Dr. Chap Masterson was born and raised in Zimbabwe before studying veterinary science. He graduated from the University of Pretoria Faculty of Vet Science, Onderstepoort, in 2001. In 2002-2003 he worked as a wildlife veterinarian for Specialist Game Services, a major game capture and translocation company in RSA, capturing and translocating almost 10 000 animals a year including numerous rhinos and entire family groups of elephant. From 2004-2010 Chap was based in the Hluhluwe district of Kwazulu Natal and consulting country wide to game capture teams as a freelance vet under the name Zvakanaka Wild Vet. During this period Chap gained invaluable experience through thousands of chemical immobilisations of a wide range of wildlife species with emphasis on rhino, buffalo, leopard and nyala, as well as consulting on a broad spectrum of issues facing wildlife ranch management. He gained particular experience in ecology, ethology and treatment, as well as control of animal diseases at the wildlife-livestock-human interface. In January 2011, Chap returned to Zimbabwe with his wife, Lisa, and their 2 sons to join the LRT team so as to assist with rhino conservation work and promote the realisation of conservation benefits to rural communities in his home country.