University of Pretoria Veterinary School

University of Pretoria Veterinary School

About Veterinary Science


Onderstepoort is a small geographical area and is home to various organisations/institutions, light industries and small holdings. There are at least 4 distinct entities in this regard as follows:

  • The Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria
  • The University of Pretoria Biomedical Research Centre (UPBRC)
  • The Agricultural Research Council Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (ARC-OVI) and its Exotic Diseases Division (EDD) –
  • Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) –

The Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria is one of 46 veterinary faculties in Africa and the only one of its kind in South Africa. It is the second oldest faculty in Africa, dating back to the early 1920’s. With the exception of the faculties in Khartoum (Sudan, 1938), and Cairo (Egypt, 1946), all the other African faculties were established after 1960.

In order to fulfill its mission, the Faculty has 5 academic departments responsible for teaching, research and service rendering. These activities are further facilitated by well developed support services provided by an academic hospital, various departmental laboratories, general and student administrative sections, a teaching animal unit and a number of research centres. The Veterinary Academic Hospital provides state of the art facilities for the clinical departments and is the focus of the Faculty’s service-rendering activities to its immediate community and also serves as a national referral facility.

The Faculty offers an undergraduate veterinary degree programme and a veterinary nursing diploma programme as well as a variety of postgraduate degree programmes. It offers opportunities for local as well as international students in its academic programmes and is committed to international accreditation in support of its quality assurance procedures.

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Graduates of the Faculty enjoy national and international recognition and the BVSc degree of the University of Pretoria currently enjoys recognition for registration by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK, the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) in Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as by the relevant authorities in Malaysia.

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Undergraduate Programmes

Study programmes in this Faculty include selection procedures, which are based on academic merit, the result of the National Benchmark Test (NBT) and a valuIe-added questionnaire. Applicants, who indicate BVSc or DipVetNurs as their first choice, will be given preference. In order to retain provisional admission candidates should still comply with the minimum subject and Admission Point Score (APS) requirements based on their National Senior Certificate (NSC) results. In order to register for the University degree or diploma, NSC/IEB/Cambridge candidates must comply with the minimum requirements for degree studies, as well as the minimum requirements of the study programme.

  • DipVetNurs (Veterinary Nursing)
  • BVSc (Veterinary Science)

Postgraduate Programmes

Research and postgraduate education are central to the strategic plan of the University of Pretoria and its long-term vision of becoming a leading research-intensive university in Africa.

In line with the University’s long-term plan, UP 2025 the Faculty aims to enhance the University’s academic stature and visibility by focusing postgraduate education and research activities on harnessing institutional strengths, embedding institutional research themes, sustaining research output and impact, and broadening the University’s research base.

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The following postgraduate programmes are offered by the Faculty:

BVSc Hons


MSc in Animal / Human / Ecosystem Health

MSc (Veterinary Science) – research-based

MSc (Tropical Animal Health)



Contact details

Head: Student Administration

Visiting undergraduate students

Mr Joe Vhengani
Tel:  +27 12 529 8061
Fax: +27 12 529 8546
BVSc administration
Ms H van der Watt
Tel: +27 12 529 8193
Fax: +27 12 529 8546
DipVetNurs administration
Ms K Ras
Tel: +27 12 529 8476
Fax: +27 12 529 8546
Postgraduate administration and
visiting postgraduate students               
Ms M Human
Tel: +27 12 529 8375
Fax: +27 12 529 8546
General student administration;
academic and financial
Ms Grietha de Bruyn
Tel: +27 12 529 8202
Fax: +27 12 529 8546

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