This programme is accredited with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC), Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC).
Each student must apply immediately after registration at UP, to the Registrar of the South African Veterinary Council for registration as a student in Veterinary Science. Registration is compulsory and must be renewed annually for the duration of the study.
After the degree has been conferred, graduates are required to register with the South African Veterinary Council as veterinarians before they may practise in South Africa in this capacity.
After completing the degree a Compulsory Community Service (CCS) year is required by the state. Graduates will be employed for one year of Compulsory Community Service by the national Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD). More information can be obtained from DALRRD.
Also refer to the General Regulations and Rules.
- Entry into the BVSc programme is highly competitive due to popularity of the programme and limited available spaces.
- Selection is based on academic merit. The Faculty does not determine specific selection cut-off values as these are determined by the strength of the applications in a particular year.
A valid NSC/IEB/Cambridge qualification with admission for degree purposes.
Subject requirements and the required Admission Point Score (APS) as indicated in the table below. The APS is calculated from the achievement levels obtained in six 20-credit NSC subjects.
Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.
Conditional admission is based on Grade 11 final examination results, and final admission on the NSC/IEB performance in Mathematics, English and Physical Science, as well as the Veterinary Value Added Form (VSVAF).
Additional admission criteria may be used including an interview and additional selection tests.
School-leaving applicants who are conditionally admitted based on their Grade 11 results will forfeit their placement if their NSC APS is more than 2 points lower than the Grade 11 APS used for conditional admission.
- Applicants with previous higher education exposure
There is an opportunity for students with previous higher education experience to also apply for the BVSc programme.
Placement in either the first or second year of the BVSc programme will depend on, among others, merit and subject choices.
A small number of international students may be admitted to the programme, including those from neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.
Applicants who are accepted receive a letter of confirmation from the University, which will facilitate their application for a study permit.
A valid study permit, obtained in the country of origin, is a prerequisite for registration.
The National Benchmark Test (NBT) may be required from international applicants. (www.nbt.ac.za)
International applicants must comply with all UP's and the Department of Home Affairs' regulations related to international students.
English Home Language or English First Additional Language
* Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission. International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.
Refer to the undergraduate admission regulation of the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Examinations and pass requirements
The following rules apply to undergraduate programmes in the faculty, with the exception of pass requirements of service modules presented by other faculties:
Also refer to UP General Regulations and Rules
i. Attendance of all lectures, practicals and clinical duties is compulsory. Absence must be justified by submission of a medical certificate or valid documentation, within three working days after returning. Failure to comply may lead to examination refusal.
ii. Students in all undergraduate programmes in the faculty must register for all modules in a particular year of study and may not deregister modules.
iii. A student who fails one or more modules fails the particular year of study and must repeat the failed module(s) before being promoted to the next year of study.
iv. In addition to clause iii., a fourth, fifth or final year student in the BVSc programme or a second year student in the BVetNurs programme who fails a module or modules, has to repeat, all the modules for that particular year of study, except modules which were passed with a final mark of 65% or more, for which full exemption is granted during the repeat year.
v. For students repeating the fourth, fifth or sixth year of the BVSc programme, or the second year of the BVetNurs programme, exemption from the examination is granted for a module that was passed in the previous (failed) year if all lectures, practicals and/or clinical duties were attended and a year/semester mark of at least 50% was obtained in the repeat year.
vi. The semester/year mark and examination mark contributes 50% each towards the final mark for all modules with examinations.
vii. A student is required to obtain a minimum semester/year mark of 40%, a minimum of 40% in the examination as well as a final mark of at least 50% to pass a module. A subminimum of 40% in subdivisions of theoretical and/or practical examinations may be required as stipulated by the Dean in consultation with the head of department concerned, and as set out in the study guide.
viii. The content, format and duration of the supplementary, extra-ordinary, and/or special examination will be similar to that of the examination, except for oral examinations, where the supplementary, extra-ordinary, and/or special examination may be in a different format.
ix. Semester tests and examinations are conducted as stipulated in the Faculty Calendar.
x. A student applies for admission to an extra-ordinary assessment using the Faculty’s relevant standard operating procedure which is managed by student administration.
xi. A student who is not permitted to re-register in terms of UP General Regulation G3.2 a) and b) is automatically excluded at the end of the academic year.
xii. A student who fails a particular year of study for the second time is automatically excluded.
Re-admission and dismissal
xiii. A student who has been excluded may apply online by the specified deadline to the Faculty Appeals Committee for consideration for re-admission, failing which the student is dismissed.
xiv. The Faculty Appeals Committee has discretion to either readmit an excluded student, or to deny the appeal, in which case the student is dismissed.
Clinical experience (including practical work)
Proof of satisfactory completion of prescribed clinical and practical components of the programme as prescribed in the relevant study guide(s) must be submitted to the relevant Head of Department : prior to the commencement of the examinations. Failure to do so may lead to examination refusal.
Pass with distinction
The BVSc degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained a cumulative weighted average of at least 75% over the last three years of study. The cumulative weighted average is calculated as the average score of the weighted averages per year of the last 3 academic years as indicated on a student’s academic record.