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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 veterinarians at veterinary facilities. As a veterinary nurse, you may assist vets with performing procedures and operations on animals

Required Qualifications:

To become a veterinary nurse in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor’s Degree pass)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (BVetNurs))

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

Duration of Study

Veterinary nurses in South Africa typically study for about 3 years.

Employment Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for veterinary nurses in South Africa who 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

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

Further Information

South Africa Veterinary Council

Related University Degrees

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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