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Veterinary Surgeons, or vets as they are commonly known, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in animals. They perform surgery on animals and inoculate against infectious diseases. The type of work performed depends on the area in which they have specialised.
Vets who mainly treat sick domestic animals are often in private practice. Some vets work in the agricultural sector, testing livestock in the dairy, meat and wool industries for diseases and advise farmers on the care and breeding of animals. Other vets specialise in wildlife and play an important role in the management and rehabilitation of our wild animals.
Vets may be involved in research, consultation, teaching, technical writing, the prevention and control of animal diseases, agricultural education, community development, the sale or production of commercial products, or the rendering of technical services for commercial firms.
To become a veterinarian in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:
Postgraduate studies are also available depending on your career choice.
Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:
Veterinarians in South Africa typically study for a minimum of 6 years. This include pursuing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science programme that involves four and a half years of studying the core veterinary curriculum followed by one and a half years of work integrated training and a research project.
Students of veterinary science are required to register with the SA Veterinary Council before the 1st of June of the year in which they first enrol for their studies.
There are plenty of employment opportunities for veterinarians in South Africa who often work in the following places:
To find more information about veterinarians in South Africa, contact the South Africa Veterinary Council.
Full bursaries covering tuition, accommodation and living allowance are available at the national and provincial departments of agriculture. They are typically announced during the latter part of the year and allocations are made before the start of the following academic year. You can find more information about them at the DAFF website or the University of Pretoria website.
The South Africa Veterinary Foundation makes a small number of partial bursaries available on an annual basis. You can find more information about them on the SAVF website.
Some private companies partner with educational institutions offering veterinary programs and sponsor veterinary students. You can check if there are available bursaries by getting in touch with the university.