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Additional information

body or mind


Boss or Team



Good Communicator

Work With

Animals, Both People & Animals, People

Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


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

Veterinary Public Health Professional

Becoming a Veterinary Public Health Professional means that you help safeguard human health by preventing zoonotic diseases which are diseases that are transferred from animals to humans. 

For example, the agricultural industry is a sector that could potentially spread disease from animals to humans and it is the responsibility of veterinary public health officials to implement measures to ensure food safety. 

They will also actively help prevent disease by testing animals and animal food products for diseases and pathogens for early detection and plan for emergency response to outbreaks should this be the case. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC with a Bachelor’s Degree pass.
  2. Degree: BVSc – at Onderstepoort, near Pretoria. 
  3. Masters degree – MMedVet Veterinary Public Health

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

Recommended Subjects: Life Sciences.

Duration of study

  • BVSc – 6 years
  • MMedVet (Public Health) 3 years


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. 

University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort:

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