Veterinary Registration In South Africa

What is a Veterinary?

A veterinarian is a medical professional who practices veterinary medicine. They manage a wide range of health conditions and injuries in non-human animals.

Veterinary Registration In South Africa

The veterinary profession in South Africa is learned and honorable. Veterinarians work passionately to diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions in animals as well as prevent diseases in animals.

These individuals are expected to always act in such a manner as to maintain and promote the honor, dignity, and interests of the profession.  Veterinarians serve the public and the interests of the animals having regard to the latest scientific knowledge.

A veterinarian’s declaration upon qualification

When you become a veterinarian, you solemnly declare that you will:

  • practice the profession with honesty and integrity;
  • maintain and uphold high professional and scientific standards;
  • treat your patients to the best of your knowledge and ability and never intentionally cause them harm;
  • use your professional knowledge, skills, and resources to protect and promote the health and welfare of animals and humans;
  • continue to improve your professional knowledge; and
  • strive to further the status and image of the veterinary profession.

No person may practice in the veterinary profession unless the person is registered with the SAVC or authorized by the SAVC to perform certain functions of a veterinarian.

Requirements for registration as a veterinarian:

Completed SAVC application form; Application form: Vet or specialist. 198 KB.

Certificate of completion of CCS (from DALRRD);

Certified copy of ID document or valid passport;

Certified copy of degree; and.

Proof of payment of the application fee, when applicable.

Are vets in demand in South Africa?

The shortage of veterinarians in South Africa is a significant issue and has far-reaching consequences for both animal health and public health.

The shortage affects the delivery of veterinary services, leading to inadequate animal care, reduced food security, and an increased risk of zoonotic diseases.

How long is a veterinary course in South Africa?

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree is a six-year course. What language is Veterinary Science presented in?

In the first year, students can choose to study subjects in either English or Afrikaans. From the the second year onwards the subjects are all presented in English but most test papers are in English and Afrikaans.

Do vets get paid well in South Africa?

The average veterinarian salary in South Africa is R 669 036 per year or R 343 per hour. Entry-level positions start at R 180 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to R 8 200 225 per year.