Veterinary Hospital

Dear Clients of the OVAH

WENNER van die veeartseny-kategorie
in Beeld se 2021 Leserskompetisie 

WINNER of the veterinary category
in the 2021 Beeld Reader's Choice competition 



We are proud to announce that the Faculty’s Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH), was selected by Beeld readers as their favourite in the veterinary category for 2021.

Every year, readers are asked to list their favourite businesses and brands across a wide spectrum – from car dealerships and estate agents to eateries. The competition enjoyed extensive publicity in the newspaper and was supported by a radio advertising campaign. The results were published in a special Beeld supplement on 26 May 2021.

The OVAH came out on top in the veterinary category and received the platinum award (three places, based on readers’ votes, are awarded in each category - platinum, gold and silver).

We are extremely proud of this accolade, and thank all our clients for their loyal support! Your vote of confidence, which shows that you appreciate the way we treat and care for your animals, motivate us to render an even better service!

To all who have not yet made use of our service – please have a look at the short video clip below to see why we are at the top! When in need of veterinary services, call 086 100 8387 to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you, treating your animals and showing you why we stand out!


The Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) is one of a kind in Southern Africa – possibly even on the African continent.

Part of the University of Pretoria, and designed primarily to provide world class practical training to final year veterinary and veterinary nursing students studying at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the hospital nevertheless succeeds in providing, at the same time, a unique and highly valued service to the greater veterinary and pet-owning community.

From a tiny, helpless domestic shorthair kitten, to a stately and economically important stud bull, all companion and production animals are optimally cared for in species-specific clinics, and treated by clinicians and specialists of national and international repute.

The OVAH is the only veterinary hospital is South Africa where veterinary specialists of so many different disciplines practice under one roof. Our scope of services is very broad and includes:

  • Medical and surgical oncology for dogs and cats
  • Critical care (including ventilation) for dogs and cats
  • Tracheal stenting in small breed dogs
  • Total hip replacement and other implant-driven orthopaedic procedures for dogs and cats
  • Dentistry, all species (including specialised maxillofacial reconstructive surgery)
  • Ophthalmology, all species
  • Horses, medical and surgical colic management
  • Horses, standing tie-backs
  • Horses lameness assessment and management
  • Cattle, hoof health
  • Cattle, general medicine and surgery
  • Small stock, (calves, sheep goats) medicine and surgery
  • Exotic species, (parrots, small primates, snakes etc) medicine and surgery

In order to perform such diverse and challenging veterinary work, the OVAH boasts 10 theatres, a dog/cat ICU, referral clinics for various species, a bustling first-opinion Outpatient clinic and an impressive array of diagnostic imaging equipment ranging from digital radiography, to computed tomography. Furthermore, the OVAH is the only veterinary facility in Africa to perform diagnostic nuclear imaging, known as scintigraphy. All this ensures the OVAH never lacks for patients to heal or opportunities to train students to the highest standards.

Host to over 70 trained and dedicated support staff, together with a number of enthusiastic and animal-loving veterinary and veterinary nursing students, the OVAH is an academic yet very client- and patient-focused hospital which strives to provide professional, skilled and compassionate patient care and client service at all times.

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