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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.

The exact job description of veterinary technicians may vary per organisation. That said, aside from the tasks above, their duties and responsibilities typically 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. 


How to be a Veterinary Technician in South Africa


Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:


Get the Required Qualifications

Requirements for veterinary technicians can differ per organisation; however, you will typically need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate National Senior Certificate or NC(v) with a Bachelor’s Degree pass
  2. Diploma (National Diploma)
  3. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Technology in Veterinary Technology)


Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

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

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

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

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about veterinary technicians, contact the South African Veterinary Council.

Related University Degrees

Educational Institutions Offering Veterinary Technician Related Degrees in South Africa

Bachelor of Technology in Veterinary Technology

Bachelor of Science in Animal Health

Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science


Educational Institutions Offering Veterinary Technician Related Diplomas in South Africa


Diploma in Animal Health

National Diploma in Veterinary Technology

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