Veterinary Hospital

To all clients of the OVAH

It is with regret that we inform you that we will be discontinuing our after-hours / night service for dog and cat patients at the beginning of April 2023.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. The emergency service for dogs and cats will only be available from 06:00 - 18:00 daily. For dog and cat emergencies between 18:00 and 06:00, please contact one of the Pretoria 24/7 veterinary facilities. 

Please note after-hours/emergency arrangements for horses, farm animals and wildlife are not affected by this decision.  

Consulting times for small animals over weekends:
- Saturday 09h00 to 12h00 (normal consulting hours by appointment)
- Saturday 12h00 to 19h00 (emergencies will be seen at out-of-hours rates)
- Sunday 09h00 to 19h00 (emergencies will be seen at out-of-hours rates)


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

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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