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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 Technician

A veterinary technician prepares vaccines, serums or tissue samples takes blood samples and performs medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals.

Other responsibilities also include ensuring the health, productivity and reproductive health of the livestock and animal population in our country. Investigating and preventing disease in animals by implementing health strategies is another important part of the job. 

Required Qualifications 

To become a veterinary technician, you will need:

  1. Certificate National Senior Certificate or NC(v) 
  2. Diploma (National Diploma)
  3. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Technology)

Note: NSC or NC(v) Requirements for veterinary technician programs may differ for entry into the various colleges or universities in South Africa.

Required Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

  • National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor’s Degree pass

Compulsory Subjects:

Recommended Subjects:

Duration of Study

Veterinary technicians in South Africa typically study for 4+ years including:

  • 3-3 1/2 years for National Diploma 
  • 1 Year for Bachelor of Technology

Employment Opportunities

People who want to pursue a career as a veterinary technician in South Africa often work in the agricultural industry.

Further Information

SA Veterinary Council

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