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.
Also refer to:
UP General Regulations and Rules
Examinations and related matters
- 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 the six 20-credit subjects of the NSC.
Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.
Conditional admission is based on Grade 11 final examination results, final admission on NSC/IEB performance in Mathematics, English and Physical Science, as well as the Veterinary Value-added Form (VVAF).
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.
Submission of the Veterinary Value Added Form is not a requirement, but is recommended in order to improve an applicant’s chance for selection, since the score obtained contributes 20% towards the final score used for selection.
Examinations and pass requirements
These rules will only be applicable to modules that fall within the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Also refer to UP General Regulations and Rules
- Attendance of all lectures, practicals and clinical duties is compulsory. Any form of 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.
- No minimum semester/year mark is required for admission to the examination.
- The semester/year marks and examination mark will count 50% each towards the final mark.
- A student is required to obtain a subminimum 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 relevant head of department, and as set out in the study guide.
- A student must pass all the modules of the respective previous year of study in order to be promoted to the subsequent year of study.
- A student who fails a module in year 1,2 or 3, has to repeat all the failed modules for that particular year of study.
A fourth, fifth or final year student who fails a module or modules in a year of study, has to repeat, all the modules for that particular year of study, except modules which were passed with a final mark of at least 65%, for which full exemption is granted.
During the repeat year, exemption from the examination is granted for a module that was passed in the previous year with a final mark of less than 65%; if at least 80% of the practical periods were attended and a year/semester mark of at least 50% was obtained.
Examinations are compulsory in all the modules previously failed, as well as in those modules in which exemption from the examination has not been obtained. If a student fails any of these examinations (or supplementary examination), he or she will be excluded from the programme and will not be permitted to continue.
- 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.
- Students who have obtained a semester/year mark of 65% or more in a particular module may be promoted according to UP’s general regulations. Departments will be allowed to use discretion in this regard. The rule will be stated in the study guide of the respected module.
- Examinations are conducted as stipulated in the Faculty Calendar.
- A student will not be allowed to repeat the same year of study twice.
Students who have not passed the equivalent off at least 50% of semester modules enrolled for in a particular year of study, including dropped modules will be excluded and will not be allowed to re-register in the next year.
A student who has to discontinue his or her studies or has been excluded may apply in writing to the Faculty Admissions Committee for re-admission.
Compulsory Community Service
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, Forestry and Fisheries. More information can be obtained from DAFF.
Clinical experience (including practical work)
Proof of satisfactory completion of prescribed clinical and practical components of the programme as prescribed below must be submitted to the Head: Student Administration of the Faculty, prior to the commencement of the final examinations. Failure to do so may lead to examination refusal.
- In state control of stock diseases and administration: experience at an approved institution as approved by the Dean.
- Practical and clinical experience at the Faculty and at approved private practices as well as other institutions as approved by the Dean.
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.