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Programme: MSc Option: Veterinary Public Health

Code Faculty Duration Credits
08251013 Faculty of Veterinary Science Duration of study: 2 years Total credits: 240

Programme information

This programme is offered by the Department of Paraclinical Sciences.

Also consult the General Regulations. Students are required to confirm whether a module will be presented in any particular year. This enquiry should be directed to the relevant head of department according to the syllabi information provided in the list of modules in this publication.

The MSc degree is conferred by virtue of the successful completion of prescribed modules in the curriculum and a mini-dissertation. Coursework: 70%; Mini-dissertation: 30%.

Admission requirements

Subject to the stipulations of the applicable General Regulations, a four-year scientific-based degree such as BScHons, BScAgric, a BVSc, BVMCh or an equivalent degree, is required.

Additional requirements

A candidate with a completed BTech degree with a minimum of 60% in the broad area of specialisation. In certain cases, it remains the prerogative of the head of department to require, in addition to the entrance requirements already mentioned, the successful completion of additional coursework and/or an admissions test before registration. A student may be required to pass a proficiency test in English (TOEFL) at an acceptable level.

Examinations and pass requirements

A minimum examination mark of 50% is required to pass each of the modules. Instructions regarding requirements for semester, year or examination marks are published in the study guides, for the specific attention of candidates.

If a student fails a module, he (she) has to repeat the module the next time it is presented. A student may not sit for an examination more than twice in the same module on postgraduate level.

Research information

Also consult the General Regulations.

Candidates must submit a mini-dissertation s, which deals with an applied field of study within veterinary public health. The topic is determined in consultation with the head of department, and the research project that follows, must be approved according to Faculty guidelines.

The mini-dissertation is based on an applied research project or related research projects (which need not be original), planned and reported by the candidate. (Assistance with statistical procession, applied specialised procedures, etc. is allowed, but must be acknowledged). The candidate may use appropriate research done previously, to add to the writing of the mini-dissertation.

Previous, related publications by the candidate may be bound with the mini-dissertation, but may not substitute the complete text of the mini-dissertation. Publications, which are submitted, must be rounded off by means of an extensive introduction, materials, and information concerning methods and a discussion of the results. An external examiner, who may not necessarily attend the final examination in the special field of study, will evaluate the mini-dissertation.

Before or together with the mini-dissertation, a draft article based on the mini-dissertation must be prepared for publication in an acknowledged journal, failing which the degree will not be conferred. The draft article must be acceptable to the supervisor and must comply with the requirements for subsidy (see applicable Faculty rules).

Pass with distinction

The degree is conferred with distinction on a student that has obtained at least 75% for the mini-dissertation and an cumulative average of at least 75% for the modules.

Minimum credits: 229

Core modules

  • Module content:

    A coherent and critical understanding and application of the theory and research methodologies and techniques relevant to all aspects of red meat hygiene relating to prevention and control of zoonoses and other diseases transmitted by meat, welfare of livestock, pre-harvesting, harvesting and post-harvesting aspects of red meat production, practical application of HACCP relating to the specific activities, prevention and control of chemical residues in meat, including veterinary drug residues and appropriate national and international legislation. An understanding of how these relate to applied research relevant to industry or public health (including the ability to select and apply research methods effectively). Ability must be shown to rigorously critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates in this area of specialisation. Ability must be demonstrated to relate theory to practice and vice versa and to think epistemologically.

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  • Module content:

    A coherent and critical understanding and application of the theory and research methodologies and techniques relevant to all aspects of milk hygiene relating to prevention and control of zoonoses and other diseases transmitted by milk, or other dairy products, welfare of livestock, pre-harvesting, harvesting and post-harvesting aspects of milk production or dairy products, practical application of HACCP relating to the specific activities, prevention and control of chemical residues, including veterinary drug residues and appropriate national and international legislation. An understanding of how these relate to applied research relevant to industry or public health (including the ability to select and apply research methods effectively). Ability must be shown to rigorously critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates in this area of specialisation. Ability must be demonstrated to relate theory to practice and vice versa and to think epistemologically.

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  • Module content:

    An introductory module in veterinary epidemiology designed to provide a sound foundation in epidemiology that can be applied in practice and upon which further studies can be built. The module covers aspects of population medicine, disease outbreak investigation, clinical epidemiology, experimental studies, observational studies, surveys, basic analytical tools and diagnostic tests

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  • Module content:

    Mini-dissertation

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  • Module content:

    A web-based introductory module in research methodology that includes planning and undertaking a research project or clinical trial, collecting and analysing data, scientific writing, and enabling preparation and presenting of a research protocol.

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Elective modules

  • Module content:

    A coherent and critical understanding and application of the theory and research methodologies and techniques relevant to all aspects of poultry hygiene relating to prevention and control of zoonoses and other diseases transmitted by meat, eggs or other poultry products, welfare of poultry, pre-harvesting, harvesting and post-harvesting aspects of poultry meat or egg production, practical application of HACCP relating to the specific activities, prevention and control of chemical residues, including veterinary drug residues and appropriate national and international legislation. An understanding of how these relate to applied research relevant to industry or public health (including the ability to select and apply research methods effectively). Ability must be shown to rigorously critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates in this area of specialisation. Ability must be demonstrated to relate theory to practice and vice versa and to think epistemologically.

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  • Module content:

    A coherent and critical understanding and application of the theory and research methodologies and techniques relevant to control of zoonoses of environmental origin, biosecurity relating to food of animal origin and management of disasters and emergencies involving animals and animal products, safe collection and disposal of animal carcases, condemned meat or other animal products and animal wastes. The prevention, control and impact assessment of pollution by livestock production or industries, population control of animals in rural and urban environments to prevent zoonoses, occupational health of veterinary staff, management of the veterinary public health aspects of disasters and emergencies, evaluation of human-animal interactions and their impact on human health including animal facilitated therapy. An understanding of appropriate national and international legislation and how these relate to industry or public health (including ability to select and apply research methods effectively). Ability must be shown to rigorously critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates in this area of specialisation. Ability must be demonstrated to relate theory to practice and vice versa and to think epistemologically.

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  • Module content:

    The objective of this module is to give the learner a multidisciplinary view (One Health) of the concepts and principles of integrated livestock and wildlife health and management in the tropics. There will be a special focus on understanding the relationship between ecosystem health and infectious/parasitic diseases of animals and humans (zoonoses) and ecosystem health in order to improve disease control policies, ecosystem sustainability, food security and rural development.

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  • Module content:

    This module deals with basic concepts and principles of zoonoses with a clear focus on wildlife/livestock/human interactions. Key drivers, contributing underlying factors as well as impacts of zoonoses will be investigated against the background of socio-economic determinants, the environment, animal husbandry practices; integrated intervention tools and strategies; integrated medical and veterinary data collection, cultural perceptions and advocacy and policy development.

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  • Module content:

    This module deals briefly with the concepts and principles of animal health policy formulation in the context of livestock/wildlife/human interactions; trade in animals and their products; food safety and zoonotic diseases; and the management alternatives for African transboundary (high impact) diseases.

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  • Module content:

    The primary objective of this module is to equip managers/decision-makers in particular with the necessary communication skills to address not only the public but also international audiences or panels. It will also deal with basic principles of project management (eg scope, stakeholders, time management, budgets and risk analysis) as well as basic principles of financial management (eg statements, financing decisions, capital budgeting, working capital management).

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Minimum credits: 229

Core modules

  • Module content:

    A coherent and critical understanding and application of the theory and research methodologies and techniques relevant to all aspects of red meat hygiene relating to prevention and control of zoonoses and other diseases transmitted by meat, welfare of livestock, pre-harvesting, harvesting and post-harvesting aspects of red meat production, practical application of HACCP relating to the specific activities, prevention and control of chemical residues in meat, including veterinary drug residues and appropriate national and international legislation. An understanding of how these relate to applied research relevant to industry or public health (including the ability to select and apply research methods effectively). Ability must be shown to rigorously critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates in this area of specialisation. Ability must be demonstrated to relate theory to practice and vice versa and to think epistemologically.

    View more

  • Module content:

    A coherent and critical understanding and application of the theory and research methodologies and techniques relevant to all aspects of milk hygiene relating to prevention and control of zoonoses and other diseases transmitted by milk, or other dairy products, welfare of livestock, pre-harvesting, harvesting and post-harvesting aspects of milk production or dairy products, practical application of HACCP relating to the specific activities, prevention and control of chemical residues, including veterinary drug residues and appropriate national and international legislation. An understanding of how these relate to applied research relevant to industry or public health (including the ability to select and apply research methods effectively). Ability must be shown to rigorously critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates in this area of specialisation. Ability must be demonstrated to relate theory to practice and vice versa and to think epistemologically.

    View more

  • Module content:

    An introductory module in veterinary epidemiology designed to provide a sound foundation in epidemiology that can be applied in practice and upon which further studies can be built. The module covers aspects of population medicine, disease outbreak investigation, clinical epidemiology, experimental studies, observational studies, surveys, basic analytical tools and diagnostic tests

    View more

  • Module content:

    Mini-dissertation

    View more

  • Module content:

    A web-based introductory module in research methodology that includes planning and undertaking a research project or clinical trial, collecting and analysing data, scientific writing, and enabling preparation and presenting of a research protocol.

    View more

Elective modules

  • Module content:

    A coherent and critical understanding and application of the theory and research methodologies and techniques relevant to all aspects of poultry hygiene relating to prevention and control of zoonoses and other diseases transmitted by meat, eggs or other poultry products, welfare of poultry, pre-harvesting, harvesting and post-harvesting aspects of poultry meat or egg production, practical application of HACCP relating to the specific activities, prevention and control of chemical residues, including veterinary drug residues and appropriate national and international legislation. An understanding of how these relate to applied research relevant to industry or public health (including the ability to select and apply research methods effectively). Ability must be shown to rigorously critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates in this area of specialisation. Ability must be demonstrated to relate theory to practice and vice versa and to think epistemologically.

    View more

  • Module content:

    A coherent and critical understanding and application of the theory and research methodologies and techniques relevant to control of zoonoses of environmental origin, biosecurity relating to food of animal origin and management of disasters and emergencies involving animals and animal products, safe collection and disposal of animal carcases, condemned meat or other animal products and animal wastes. The prevention, control and impact assessment of pollution by livestock production or industries, population control of animals in rural and urban environments to prevent zoonoses, occupational health of veterinary staff, management of the veterinary public health aspects of disasters and emergencies, evaluation of human-animal interactions and their impact on human health including animal facilitated therapy. An understanding of appropriate national and international legislation and how these relate to industry or public health (including ability to select and apply research methods effectively). Ability must be shown to rigorously critique and evaluate current research and participate in scholarly debates in this area of specialisation. Ability must be demonstrated to relate theory to practice and vice versa and to think epistemologically.

    View more

  • Module content:

    The objective of this module is to give the learner a multidisciplinary view (One Health) of the concepts and principles of integrated livestock and wildlife health and management in the tropics. There will be a special focus on understanding the relationship between ecosystem health and infectious/parasitic diseases of animals and humans (zoonoses) and ecosystem health in order to improve disease control policies, ecosystem sustainability, food security and rural development.

    View more

  • Module content:

    This module deals with basic concepts and principles of zoonoses with a clear focus on wildlife/livestock/human interactions. Key drivers, contributing underlying factors as well as impacts of zoonoses will be investigated against the background of socio-economic determinants, the environment, animal husbandry practices; integrated intervention tools and strategies; integrated medical and veterinary data collection, cultural perceptions and advocacy and policy development.

    View more

  • Module content:

    This module deals briefly with the concepts and principles of animal health policy formulation in the context of livestock/wildlife/human interactions; trade in animals and their products; food safety and zoonotic diseases; and the management alternatives for African transboundary (high impact) diseases.

    View more

  • Module content:

    The primary objective of this module is to equip managers/decision-makers in particular with the necessary communication skills to address not only the public but also international audiences or panels. It will also deal with basic principles of project management (eg scope, stakeholders, time management, budgets and risk analysis) as well as basic principles of financial management (eg statements, financing decisions, capital budgeting, working capital management).

    View more


The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of each student to familiarise himself or herself well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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