Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)University of Pretoria - Faculty of Veterinary Science
About this program
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
The BVSc program is accredited with theSouth African Veterinary Council (SAVC), theVeterinary Council of Namibia (VCN), theRoyal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)in the United Kingdom, and theAustralasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)in Australia and New Zealand. BVSc graduates are eligible to register as veterinarians in these and several other countries without passing any further professional examinations. TheSAVCgoverns the ethics and standards of veterinary education and practice in South Africa. All students must register with the Council at first registration in the BVSc program, maintain their registration annually, and adhere to its rules. Registration with the SAVC is a prerequisite for practising as a veterinarian in South Africa.
For a young person who likes working with people, and who is interested in animals and a career in biomedical sciences, veterinary science provides a spectrum of wonderful opportunities. Like many similar career options, veterinary science may perhaps be considered a ‘calling’ and the decision to become a veterinarian involves the mind, the body, as well as the heart. While a love for animals may be a component of the decision to pursue veterinary science or veterinary nursing as a career, a deeper empathy will be required, as well as the passion to improve people’s lives by improving food safety and security, coupled with a sense of compassion and caring for animals, their owners and farmers. The course is demanding and requires significant mental and emotional resilience, engagement, dedication and hard work.
While love for animals may be a component of the decision to pursue veterinary science or veterinary nursing as a career, a more profound empathy will be required, as well as the passion for improving people’s lives by improving food safety and security, coupled with a sense of compassion and caring for animals, their owners and farmers. The course is demanding and requires significant mental and emotional resilience, engagement, dedication and hard work.
Being a veterinarian or a veterinary nurse are both careers with long and often irregular hours, and usually involve hard physical work, while testing tolerance levels. The ability to work with animals, but even more so with people, is essential.
English Home Language or English First Additional Language- NSC/IEB: 5
Mathematics- NSC/IEB: 5
Physical Sciences or Life Sciences- NSC/IEB:5
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Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
Undergraduate Tuition fees per faculty in 2022
- 1st year: 47 000 - 54 000
- 2nd year: 55 000 - 64 000
- 3rd year: 51 000 - 58 000
- 4th year: 55 000 - 72 000
- 5th year: 66 000
- 6th year: 49 000 - 52 000
The National Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform (DARDLR)employs all South African BVSc graduates for 12 months’Compulsory Community Service (CCS)following completion of the BVSc program, and before graduates are allowed to practice as veterinarians in South Africa for any other employer including self-employment.
- State veterinary services
- Private practice
- Private, state and provincial diagnostic laboratories
- Veterinary public health
- Laboratory animal science
- Wildlife management
- Poultry production
- Animal welfare
- International employment
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University of Pretoria - Faculty of Veterinary Science
In 2020 the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria celebrated 100 years of veterinary education in South Africa. For the last few years, our Faculty has been ranked in the top 50 globally as a provider of...
Why study at University of Pretoria - Faculty of Veterinary Science
The quality of its training is such that graduates from this Faculty have no difficulty competing for and entering postgraduate programmes at universities in countries around the world. The Faculty, situated on a separate campus that compares favourably with the best in the world hosts five academic departments, three research centres and the state of the art Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH), through which we offer the majority of our training.
The Faculty is also in a unique position to provide clinical training in our surrounding communities and the Hluhvukani Clinic near the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park, with services provided in production animal medicine, herd health, state veterinary medicine, wildlife medicine, community medicine and welfare practice.
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