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Job Title – Veterinarian


A Veterinarian cares for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals. 

Typical Job Activities

Examines animals to diagnose their health problems
Diagnoses and treat animals for medical conditions
Treats and dress wounds
Performs surgery on animals
Tests for and vaccinate against diseases
Operates medical equipment, such as x-ray machines
Advises animal owners about general care, medical conditions, and treatments
Prescribes medication
Euthanizes animals

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Related Occupations

Veterinary nurse
Animal trainer
Veterinary technician
Wildlife biologist
Veterinary assistant
Laboratory animal caretaker

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with a matric Exception

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics and Physical Science
Recommended subjects: Biology

For a bachelor’s degree course in Veterinary Science.


A prospective student as well as the qualified therapist must register with the Interim Medical and Dental Council of South Africa. The Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa promotes the interests of the profession.

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have an aptitude and interest in the biological sciences
Respect animals and have an ability to work with them
Have good observation skills

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Employment Opportunities 


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


International Employment Opportunities


Possible Employers

Veterinary clinics
Self employed

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Relevant Contact Details

Animal Theory Behaviour Consultants of Southern Africa

South African Veterinary Council

Career Progress and Path 

Experience in specific field
Work performance
Do presentations, seminars, publish articles, etc.

Possible Career Paths 

Specialist career in the specific field
Own business

Employment Stability

Not very stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can be of service to people
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills
I like to work with animals