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Additional information

body or mind


Boss or Team



Good Communicator

Work With

Animals, Both People & Animals

Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Alone, Busy Environment, Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary nurses care for animals under the supervision of vets at veterinary facilities. As a veterinary nurse, you may assist vets with performing procedures and operations on animals. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. NSC with a Bachelor’s Degree pass.
  2. Degree: BVetNurs 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences.

Duration of study

3 Years


Students of veterinary science are required to register with the SA Veterinary Council.

Veterinary Nurses can be employed at the following institutions:

  • Veterinary clinics and hospitals
  • Specialist veterinary facilities
  • The animal food industry
  • Animal welfare societies and NGOs
  • Zoos
  • Game Parks
  • Animal rehabilitation centres
  • Research centres
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • The agricultural industry

Further Information

SA Veterinary Council

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

In South Africa, there is only one university offering qualifications in veterinary studies: the world-renowned Onderstepoort facility at the University of Pretoria.

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