* One semester is equivalent to 6 calendar months.


Subject Course

Minimum Academic Year

Contents and Instruction *

Macroscopic Anatomy


Morphology of domesticated animals, including birds, and must include exposure and handling of dissected material and demonstrations on living animals.



An elementary course in the physiology and physiological chemistry of the most important body systems of domesticated animals

Pharmacology and Toxicology


(a) Curative medication and assistance to veterinarians in the use of medicines, related substances and agro –chemicals used in primary animal health care; (b) A basic understanding of the effects of poisonous plants on animal health, with a special emphasis on the control and prevention in southern Africa .

Para-clinical group: Animal science group of subjects Pathology group of subjects

1 ½


Poisonous plants and agro-chemicals (a) Theoretical and practical instruction in

· Basic genetics, breed characteristics, breeding, production systems, animal products, economics of production and related matters

· Housing, management, care, handling and behaviour of animals · Minimum requirements for nutrition and feeding of animals, including nutritional imbalances and deficiencies · Application of primary animal health care · Deliverance of an animal health extension service;

(b) Practically orientated knowledge of veld and pastures, the management and utilization thereof in the maintenance and promotion of animal health and production with an emphasis on environmental conservation and veterinary extension services.

(a) Macroscopic anatomical pathology, including post mortem examinations with emphasis on the collection, preservation and dispatch of samples; (b) A basic understanding of the pathogenesis of diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and other pathogenic organisms, with a special emphasis on the control and prevention of those diseases of economic and zoonotic importance to southern Africa; (c) The application and administration of provincial, national and international animal disease control measures in terms of existing certification and legislation; (d) The collection, recording and processing of data as a support function in epidemiological surveys and investigations; (e) Veterinary helminthology and entomology of importance to animal health and economics; and (f) Field laboratory and technical procedures, including care and handling of laboratory apparatus, the collecting and dispatching of specimens/ samples for diagnostic purposes, preparation and examination of blood smears and skin and wool scrapings, and faeces samples and elementary clinical chemistry.

(g) The basic principles of the safety and hygiene of food of animal origin, including abattoir hygiene, meat inspection and relevant legislation.

Tuberculosis and Brucellosis eradication 12 Days A course recognised and approved by the Department of Agriculture, comprising of TB and Brucellosis tests, TB and Brucellsis eradication and schemes; with special reference to the Animal Diseases Act and the regulations must be successfully completed.

*The course of instruction must consist of an equal exposure to theoretical and practical instruction.

Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa

Veterinary Council of Namibia

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)

Kenya Veterinary Board

Veterinary Council of Tanzania

Botswana Veterinary Association

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