Veterinary Technologist

REGULATIONS
VETERINARY TECHNOLOGISTS
Qualifications for Registration to practise a Para-Veterinary Profession of Veterinary Technologist.
[Reg. 21 and 27]

Degree, diploma
or Certificate

Granted by

Para-Veterinary profession

Designations reserved

National Diploma in Veterinary Technology - Department of National Education.
Tshwane University Technology
Veterinary Technology Veterinary Technologist


21 G. Requirements for registration to practise the para-veterinary profession of Veterinary Technology

  1. Any applicant that applies for registration, as a veterinary technologist must submit a certificate of competence in mathematics and physical science or biology issued for school leaving purposes by a competent secondary level schooling authority of South Africa.
  2. The veterinary Diploma referred to in regulation 19 which entitles a candidate to register as a Veterinary Technologist shall -
  3. Comprise of the completion of at least three academic years of study, including all practical components, as a registered veterinary technology student;
  4. be constituted of the exit level outcomes specified in the Table 9 A
  5. be constituted of the subject courses specified in Table 9 B
  6. Upon completion of the Veterinary Technology diploma a registered veterinary technology student may, if the examining authority is satisfied that the provision of the Act and these regulations have been successfully complied with, be registered as a veterinary technologist who works under the supervision of a registered senior technologist or registered veterinarian.
  7. Upon completion of the B Tech degree in Veterinary Laboratory Technology, a registered student may, if the examining authority is satisfied that the provisions of the Act and these regulations have been successfully complied with, be registered as a veterinary technologist who performs his/her duties without supervision unless in exceptional circumstances, inter alia the use of scheduled substances.

Section 21 H. Curriculum requirements

  1. The curriculum of any tertiary institution that offers a course for study for qualification as a Veterinary Technologist in terms of regulation 21 shall comprise of the exit level outcomes specified in Table 9 A and the subject courses specified in Table 9 B.

Section 21 I. Examination

  1. The examination for diploma shall be based on the assessment criteria specified in Table 9 A and includes examination in the subject courses specified in Table 9 B
  2. If the examination consists of a practical and a theoretical part, a minimum mark of 40 percent shall be obtained in each part.
  3. A candidate shall pass an examination in a subject if at least 50 percent of the maximum marks obtainable in the examination for that subject, is obtained.

TABLE 9 A


EXIT LEVEL OUTCOME 1
NQF 5: 60 credits (NQF 6: 20 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge in the veterinary sub-fields of microbiology, parasitology, histology, biochemistry, haematology, toxicology, pharmacology, pathology and animal technology, within the norms prescribed by the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Act and quality control standards, and apply technology in selected sub-fields. (C)

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

1.1 Use knowledge in the veterinary sub-fields to prevent animal diseases. (C)

(NQF 5: 24 credits)

(NQF 6: 8 credits)

(NQF 7: 8 credits)

1.1.1 Basic knowledge is applied to vaccine production according to appropriate quality control standards.

1.1.2 Knowledge is applied for recognition and prevention of diseases in animals involved in laboratories and field trials, according to accepted international standards.

1.2 Sample body fluids, tissues and other veterinary specimens. (C)

(NQF 5: 6 credits)

(NQF 6: 2 credits)

(NQF 7: 2 credits)

1.2.1 The appropriate sampling technique is explained and/or applied correctly to obtain biological, clinical, necropsy specimens and environmental samples.

1.2.2 The transport, preservation, storage and safety procedures are appropriate to the sample and explained and/or performed correctly.

1.2.3 The sample complies with the requirements of the test.

 

1.3 Use instrumentation appropriately and effectively. (C)


(NQF 5: 6 credits)

(NQF 6: 2 credits)

(NQF 7: 2 credits)

1.3.1 A range of instruments are used proficiently.

1.3.2 Instruments and equipment are calibrated and maintained to manufacturer requirements and specifications.

1.3.3 The appropriate instrument is selected for the specific technique.

1.4 Perform routine and specialized tests and techniques on samples and laboratory animals for diagnostic and/or research purposes. (C)









(NQF 5: 24 credits)

(NQF 6: 8 credits)

(NQF 7: 8 credits)

1.4.1 Routine and specified media, stains, solutions and reagents are prepared according to prescribed procedures.

1.4.2 Calculated methods are understood, verified and interpreted correctly.

1.4.3 The quality of the sample is assessed relative to the test required and according to accepted criteria.

1.4.4 The appropriate test is applied to the specimen, according to quality control procedures.

1.4.5 Principles, methods, application and purpose of tests are explained and/or performed correctly.

1.4.6 Data is captured correctly, using manual or electronic means.

1.4.7 Manual and electronic data retrieval skills are demonstrated.

1.4.8 Knowledge of aseptic techniques and theatre procedures is applied for specialized and diagnostic purposes.

 

 


EXIT LEVEL OUTCOME 2 (NQF 5: 20 credits)

(NQF 6: 20 credits)

(NQF 7: 40 credits)

Critically evaluate and interpret laboratory results through application and integration of knowledge, skills and values. (C)

 

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

2.1 Critically interpret and evaluate results of tests through the application of knowledge of principles, techniques and instruments. (C)






(NQF 5: 10 credits)

(NQF 6: 10 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

2.1.1 Results are recorded and compared with established reference ranges and/or appropriate control specimens.

2.1.2 Data processing is performed according to appropriate mathematical and statistical methods.

2.1.3 Laboratory results are evaluated through correlation of data in the context of the principles, techniques and instruments used.

2.1.4 Factors that effect procedures and test results are recognized and appropriate action taken.

2.1.5 Corrective and preventative maintenance of equipment is performed according to standard operating procedures (SOP’s).

 

2.2 Results of tests are communicated effectively. (C)



(NQF 5: 10 credits)

(NQF 6: 10 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

2.2.1 Verbal communication is clear, correct and specific.

2.2.2 Written reports are concise, clear, scientific and correct.

2.2.3 Results are presented following prescribed formats using various media.

 

Exit LEVEL OUTCOME 3 (NQF 5: 20 credits)

(NQF 6: 50 credits)

(NQF 7: 50 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of husbandry, management, handling and breeding systems of laboratory animals (in-house and field trials). (C)

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

3.1 Handle and manage animals according to the relevant Code of Ethics and the internationally recognized standards of animal welfare. (C)
(NQF 5: 8 credits)

(NQF 6: 20 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

3.1.1 Knowledge of the relevant Code of Ethics is demonstrated verbally or in writing.

3.1.2 Animals are handled and used according to accepted guidelines.

3.2 Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory animal husbandry. (C)








(NQF 5: 12 credits)

(NQF 6: 30 credits)

(NQF 7: 30 credits)

3.2.1 Nutritional concepts of specific animal groups are understood and applied correctly.

3.2.2 Breeding colonies are managed and maintained according to international accepted standards.

3.2.3 Principle of macro- and micro-environmental control measures are understood.

3.2.4 Knowledge of humane euthanasia techniques for all groups of animals is demonstrated, with displayed applied detailed knowledge of selected species.

3.2.5 General knowledge on procuring, handling, transportation and quarantine procedures of laboratory animals with specialized knowledge of primates and other exotic laboratory animals is demonstrated and applied.

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOME 4 (NQF 5: 10 credits)

(NQF 6: 10 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

Perform and monitor personal quality control procedures within predetermined limits in the workplace. (F)

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

4.1 Apply principles and concepts of Quality Assurance in the laboratory. (F)



(NQF 5: 5 credits)

(NQF 6: 5 credits)

(NQF 7: 10 credits)

4.1.1 Principles of Quality Assurance are explained in the context of the tests performed.

4.1.2 SOP’s are formulated according to accredited requirements.

4.1.3 Quality Control and Quality Assurance results are evaluated and interpreted and appropriate action is taken.

 

4.2 Monitor established Quality Assurance procedures in the laboratory. (F)

(NQF 5: 5 credits)

(NQF 6: 5 credits)

(NQF 7: 10 credits)

4.2.1 SOP’s are assessed, reviewed and updated where necessary.

4.2.2 Instruments are monitored for efficient functioning and appropriate action is taken.

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOME 5 (NQF 5: 5 credits)

(NQF 6: 10 credits)

(NQF 7: 5 credits)

Apply the relevant Code of Ethics and safety measures consistently. (F)

 

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

5.1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the relevant Acts and regulations regarding safety, health and the environment. (F)



(NQF 5: 1 credits)

(NQF 6: 4 credits)

(NQF 7: 1 credits)

5.1.1 Comply with the relevant sections of the OHS-Act on NOSA regulations.

5.1.2 Wear applicable protective clothing.

5.1.3 Knowledge of personal vaccination and booster requirements is demonstrated.

5.1.4 Use equipment and experimental materials safely.

5.1.5 Waste material is disposed of safely and correctly.

 

5.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the Code of Ethics for veterinary technology according to the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Act. (F)

(NQF 5: 2 credits)

(NQF 6: 3 credits)

(NQF 7: 2 credits)

5.2.1 The Code of Ethics for the profession is complied with.

 

5.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the Code of Ethics regarding laboratory animals according to the National Code for Laboratory Animal Sciences. (F)

(NQF 5: 2 credits)

(NQF 6: 3 credits)

(NQF 7: 2 credits)

5.3.1 Comply with the relevant sectors of the Animal Protection Act and the Code of Ethics.


(C = Core, F = Fundamental and E = Elective outcomes)

CRITICAL OUTCOMES embedded in the specified outcomes:

Critical and creative thinking, problem solving, communication, self-management, teamwork, safety and ethics, mindset of continuous professional development.

TOTAL CREDITS

360 credits (cumulative).

1 credit = 10 hours

TABLE 9 B

National Diploma Veterinary Technology


NAME OF INSTRUCTIONAL OFFERING

CODE

CREDIT VALUE

NAME OF PREREQUISITE

FIRST YEAR FIRST SEMESTER

 

 

 

Food Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

VDA111T

0.100

 

Calculations and Statistics

CAL101T

0.100

 

Chemistry I

CHE141C

0.100

 

Computer Skills

CSK101B

0.100

 

Physics I

PHU161C

0.100

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST YEAR SECOND SEMESTER

 

 

 

Biochemistry II

BCH221T

0.125

Chemistry I

Haematology: Veterinary Science

HVS201T

0.125

Food Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

Histology II

HTL201T

0.125

Food Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

Microbiology I

MBI101T

0.125

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND YEAR FIRST SEMESTER

 

 

 

Biochemistry III

BCH311T

0.125

Biochemistry II

Immunology II

IML211T

0.125

Anatomy and Physiology I

Microbiology II

MBI241B

0.125

Microbiology I

Experimental Animal Technology II

EAT 211T

0.125

Food Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

 

 

 

 

SECOND YEAR SECOND SEMESTER

 

 

 

Helminthology III

HEM301T

0.100

Microbiology II

Protozoology III

PZY301T

0.100

Microbiology II

Veterinary Microbiology III

VTM301T

0.100

Microbiology II

Virology III

VIR311T

0.100

Immunology II

Veterinary Entomology III

VTE311T

0.100

Microbiology II

After completion of all first, second and third semester subjects one year experiential training is required before The National Diploma in Veterinary Technology can be obtained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bachelor’s Degree In Veterinary Technology


After successful completion of first, second and third semester subjects the candidate may proceed to study further for the Bachelor’s degree

 

 

 

THIRD YEAR FIRST SEMESTER

 

 

 

Experiental learning I

EXP1VET

0.500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD YEAR SECOND SEMESTER

 

 

 

Applied Veterinary Technology II

AVT201T

0.500

Experiential Learning I

 

 

 

 

FOURTH AND FIFTH YEAR

 

 

 

Entrepeneurial Skills

EPS101T

0.060

 

Project: Veterinary Technology IV

PJA401T

0.280

Research Methodology: Natural Sciences

Project: Veterinary Technology IV (Re-registration)

PJA401R

0.000

 

Research Methodology :Natural Sciences

RMN201B

0.100

 

In addition to the above mentioned subjects two of the following subjects must be selected.

 

 

 

Molecular Biology IV (Year subject)

MLB400T

0.280

Biochemistry III

Parasitology IV

PRY401T

0.280

Helminthology III

Protozoology III

Veterinary Entomology III

Pharmacology and Toxicology IV

PTX401T

0.280

Biochemistry III

Reproduction Technology IV

RPT401T

0.280

Biochemistry III

Virology IV

VIR401T

0.280

Virology III

Veterinary Bacteriology IV

VTB401T

0.280

Veterinary Microbiology III

 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION TO PRACTISE A PARA-VETERINARY PROFESSION
[REG.21 AND 27]


Degree, Diploma or certificate

University or other educational institution

Para-veterinary profession

Designations reserved

1

2

3

4

Dip.Cur.Anim.
Dip.Vet.Nur.

Univ. of Pretoria, South Africa
Univ.of Pretoria, South Africa

Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary nurse, animal nurse
Veterinary nurse, animal nurse

National Diploma in Veterinary Technology

Department of National Education, after examination based on education received at a Technikon in the Republic

Veterinary Technologist

Veterinary Technologist

National Diploma in Laboratory Animal Technology

Technikon South Africa

Laboratory Animal Technologist

Laboratory Animal Technologist

B.Sc. Agric (Animal Health)
Diploma Animal Health
National Diploma Animal Health

University of the North West
University of the North West
Technikon South Africa

Animal Health Technician
Animal Health Technician
Animal Health Technician

Animal Health Technician
Animal Health Technician
Animal Health Technician

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Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa
http://www.rr-africa.oie.int/en/RC/en_vsbs.html

Veterinary Council of Namibia
http://www.van.org.na/section.php?secid=10

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)
http://www.dlvs.gov.zw/

Kenya Veterinary Board
http://kenyavetboard.org/

Veterinary Council of Tanzania
http://www.mifugouvuvi.go.tz/vertinary-council-of-tanzania/

Botswana Veterinary Association
http://www.bva.org.bw/bva_content.php?id=2

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