Veterinary Surgeon (Vet)

OFO No: 225101

Other names for Veterinary Surgeon:

Animal Doctor
Veterinary Epidemiologist
Veterinary Parasitologist
Veterinary Pathologist
Veterinary Surgeon

What is a Veterinary Surgeon?

A Veterinary Surgeon (vet) diagnoses, treats and researches diseases and injuries of animals. 

Veterinarians can work on:

  • pets of all sizes (birds, cats, horses etc)
  • livestock (sheep, cows, pigs etc)
  • wild animals /game (zebras, lions, giraffes etc)

What does a Veterinary Surgeon do?

  • examines and treats sick or injured animals
  • prescribes medication
  • sets broken bones
  • dresses wounds
  • performs surgery
  • inoculates animals against various diseases eg rabies
  • talks to and advisesanimal owners on animal’s needs:  medicine, hygiene etc
  • operates and reading special equipment (radiographic or ultrasound)
  • educates the public
  • regularly attends lectures, conferences, or other education courses
  • euthanizes (kill humanely) animals

Are you … ?

  • an animal lover?
  • caring?
  • interested in science?
  • a hard worker?
  • a good communicator?
  • a good listener?
  • sensitive to others and their feelings?
  • observant?
  • inquisitive?
  • organised?
  • good at recording findings and taking notes?

How do I become a Veterinary Surgeon?

There is only one way to become a Vet (Veterinary Surgeon):


Offers a six (6) year Bachelor Veterinary Sciences (BVSc) degree 

Minimum requirements:  

National Senior Certificate meeting degree entry

Compulsory school subjects:  Mathematics, Physical Science and/or Life Science

Workplace experience

Final Assessment

Registration with the South African Veterinary Council: SOUTH AFRICAN VETERINARY COUNCIL


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Veterinary Nurse … or … Veterinary Microbiologist … or … Animal Care Attendant

Is becoming a Veterinary Surgeon the right career choice for me?