IVSA South Africa
IVSA South Africa is based at the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science. This is the only faculty in South Africa that offers Veterinary Science as a degree. We are a bunch of bright, young and active students who aim to connect South African Veterinary Students with those of the rest of the world and learning as much from each other as we possibly can.. We are a very active Chapter with 140 members currently and growing. Our chapter is very focused on community outreach programmes and the One Health concept. We interact very actively with a Community Veterinary Clinic, where Veterinary Services are provided free of charge.
Our Faculty is located in Pretoria, which is the capital of South Africa. Our Campus is isolated from the university's main campus and it's situated on a farm-like setup. We are roughly 30 kilometers from Main Campus. Our campus is very isolated and because of the farm area, encompasses the beauty of South Africa We have some of the best facilities in our Country. we have an Academic hospital where the students are trained and lectured by our country's finest Veterinarians and Researchers. On our campus we have many animals that are used for the purposes of learning. We have Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Horses, Dogs, Cats and Donkeys. Our residences are on the same grounds as the campus and are roughly 500 metres from each other. Cycling and Walking to class are the norm for us. Most students are based in the residences or live very close by.
Pretoria is The Capital of South Africa and is worldwide known as the Jacaranda city. Every year around Spring time it is the most beautiful sight to drive through our city. it is named after Voortrekker leader Andries Pretorius. We also have the Voortrekker Monument which is iconic and encapsulates South Africa's history beautifully. We are very centrally located and are close to the major cities and the Union Buildings which is iconic for Pretoria.
Option one: going through the University of Pretoria
- Apply at least 6 months in advance
- IVSA has no control over whether you are accepted or not and can’t take responsibility for the student administration department of the University of Pretoria.
- Accommodation in our dorms charge a fee of R100/day (approximately €10)
- Our hospital provides opportunities in:
- Small animal medicine
- Production animals
- Equine medicine and surgery
- Our exotic clinic is a separate private clinic within the hospital
- There are also opportunities for post graduate students to participate in various research projects taking place in our departments:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Companion Animal Clinical Studies
- Paraclinical Sciences
- Production Animal Studies
- Veterinary Tropical Diseases
- The selection process is thorough as we have limited space and students with previous clinical experience who are finishing off their degree have a better chance of getting in.
Option 2: Placement with a Private vet, Zoo or Wildlife Sanctuary
- We have number of very good private veterinary clinics who are willing to take on eager but experienced student volunteers, accommodation and food have to be organised separately in many cases (we try our best to get the most affordable accommodation possible.)
- Most clinics are either small animal, equine or mixed. Livestock vets are mobile and travel to farms.
- Wildlife vets are scarce, busy and they charge a hefty fee (€50 – 100/day)!!!!
- Wildlife work is very hands on and physical, so be prepared!
- An option for students who are very interested in wildlife is to place them in a wildlife rehabilitation centre (they also charge similar fees) where they participate in day to running of the facility as well as the veterinary aspect of caring for the animals and possibly some game capture when bringing in new animals.
- Wildlife work is variable, days of heavy work may be interspersed with quiet days. Some Parks board vets sometimes have nothing to do for 2 weeks at a time – it is not guaranteed that you will take part in game capture or work with the wildlife
- We try to keep the length of exchanges to four weeks maximum, especially when dealing with private vets. Our Hospital does however take on students for a longer period of time if they are part a research project that runs over a few months.
- Due to the large number of individual exchange enquiries we receive, IVSA South Africa have decided to try and limit the number of individual exchanges to ten per year, five wildlife and five private placements as exchanges take a lot of time to organise. This is not a fixed number and may vary according to circumstance.
- Often the cheaper accommodation is further away and it is an advantage if one can drive – public transport is not reliable and often not safe for foreigners. We suggest that staying in the accommodation provided by the zoo/private vet is advisable (even if it is a bit more expensive) for this reason.
- uShaka Marine World in Durban has one opening a year with the vet that works there. Must be a maximum of 4 weeks and a minimum of 2 weeks.
- Please be aware that the rural and small town vets, even if they are specialized in one species, often deal with companion, exotic, equine, production and wildlife work in varying degrees.
- Our holidays:
We have three times a year during which we can either host an exchange or take part in one overseas:
- A very short 10 day break at the end of April
- A 2 week break at the beginning of July (winter in SA)
- Mid November and December (summer holidays).
- We can normally host up to ten exchange students and ten of our own students making the group total thirty.
- We generally try to raise all the funds for the South African leg of the exchange and it is then expected that the country we are exchanging with will raise the funds for their leg of the exchange, each exchange is different however.
- Exchanges usually last between ten days and two weeks.
- We are happy to exchange with 2 countries/faculties simultaneously if the itinerary will allow it (i.e. 5 students from Netherlands and 5 from Belgium on one exchange)
- We need to know 1 year in advance to organise an exchange.
- Our exchanges are generally a massive South African road trip, exploring our many World heritage sites, getting in touch with wildlife, swimming on our stunning beaches as well as the opportunity to give a little back to the community by taking part in a community veterinary clinic....... all of this is peppered with the veterinary education and lectures at our University as well as at many of the places we visit (crocodile farm, elephant sanctuary, cheetah sanctuary etc).
- So feel free to contact us to organise an exchange as we love to explore the wanders of the world and enjoy introducing people to ours!
Meet The Committee
President : Aqil Jeenah
Vice President / Exchange Officer : Sone Pretorius
Exchange Officer Assistant : Ivan Kotze, Priyanka Gounden
Treasurer : Amy Oldfield
Community Outreach and VB4A Representative : Jessica Jane Borrageiro
Animal Welfare : Patricia Edwards
Local Veterinary Public Health Officer
Secretary : Este Stolz
Secretariat : Saadiya Asmal, Henry Cloete, Lara Murray, Luana Ungerer