Closing Date: Thursday 25th of May 2023
Organization University of Pretoria (UP)
Employment Type Internship
Province Gauteng
Town/City Pretoria
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University of Pretoria (UP) invites unemployed graduates to apply for Internship Programme 2023 / 2024.

University of Pretoria is recruiting and invites recent graduates to apply for the 2023 Internship: Small Animal Medicine, Small Animal Surgery, and Diagnostic Imaging.

Location: Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria

In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancies: INTERNSHIPS: SMALL ANIMAL MEDICINE, SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY & DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING (12 MONTH CONTRACT APPOINTMENT)

The University of Pretoria’s commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.

The Faculty of Veterinary Science is offering an opportunity for junior veterinarians to gain advanced experience in either Small Animal Medicine, Small Animal Surgery or Diagnostic Imaging in a one-year structured, non-degree programme.

By joining our intern programme, you will have an excellent opportunity to work alongside our specialists and highly skilled teams at the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.

For candidates looking towards specialisations, the intern programme offers unique exposure to the specialist environment under which the MMedVet degree is completed.

So, if you are looking to further your knowledge and skills in a specialist facility with excellent facilities and challenging and rewarding cases, don’t miss the opportunity and apply today.

Two internship posts available for either:

  • Small Animal Medicine, or
  • Small Animal Surgery, or
  • Diagnostic Imaging.


The successful candidate will actively participate in the following areas:

  • Provide a clinical service with associated administrative responsibilities within the specific discipline of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) under the mentorship of Faculty Specialists,
  • Participate in after-hours work (weekdays and week-ends) and/or community clinical activities on a rotational basis for exposure in community, trauma and emergency medicine at the OVAH and/or satellite facilities;
  • Participate in the clinical training of undergraduate veterinary and veterinary nursing students, including supervision of clinical procedures as part of offering clinical services;
  • Have an opportunity to participate in clinical rounds and other research activities as an introduction to the research requirements of the MMedVet programme; and
  • Participate in an intern mentorship programme, designed to support non-clinical development as a prospective specialist.


  • BVSc-degree or BVMCh or equivalent professional veterinary qualification;
  • Registration as a veterinarian with the SAVC;
  • Acknowledged clinical expertise; and
  • Adequate subject knowledge necessary for the post.


  • Appropriate language and communication skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Good computer skills (Windows, MS Office, internet);
  • After-hours availablility.


  • Commitment to further academic development.

PLEASE NOTE: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process.

The all-inclusive remuneration package for this contract position will be R300,108 per annum.

How to apply

Click here to apply online for University of Pretoria (UP): Veterinary Internships 2023

Applicants are requested to apply online, quoting the applicable reference number.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  1. Letter indicating your order of clinic preference;
  2. A comprehensive CV;
  3. Proof of qualifications and SAVC registration; and
  4. Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.


  • Job content enquires:
  • Dr Vanessa McClure (Small animal medicine)
  • Prof Gerhard Steenkamp (Small animal surgery)
  • Dr Nicolene Hoepner (Diagnostic imaging)
  • Other enquiries: Ms Bernice Nyathela (HR)

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 25 July 2023, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

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