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University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science

The present OVAH was custom-designed and built fifteen years ago, and is a modern, light, bright facility where much emphasis is placed on patient care and hygiene. Sections for companion animals, production animals, small stock as well as exotics, ensure that many different species are catered for correctly and professionally, in properly designed and functional, yet attractive clinics and accommodation.

To be a world-class training facility which supports veterinary education and research, thereby ensuring expert veterinary care for diverse animal species, to the benefit of our local and national community.

To fulfil our vision by:
Providing a state-of-the-art clinical facility where the highest level of professional veterinary care and client service is offered at all times.
Serving the veterinary profession by providing a comprehensive and efficient referral service.Maintaining a clinical caseload that is appropriate to the training of veterinary specialists, and aiding research efforts for the advancement of veterinary clinical knowledge.

Engendering a culture of courtesy, mutual respect, and lifelong learning.
UP is the leading research university in South Africa and one of the largest in the country.
The University has six campuses and a number of other sites of operation such as the Pretoria Academic Hospital. Central administration is located at the Hatfield campus.
The University of Pretoria offers its more than 1800 academic programmes in two of the official languages, namely Afrikaans and English. (Some programmes and modules are offered only in English.)

In 1996, the University of Pretoria became the university with the highest research output in South Africa and we have maintained this status.
The academic programmes of the University are offered in the following nine faculties and a business school. The faculties comprise a total of 140 departments and 85 centres, institutes and bureaus.

UP is at the forefront of tertiary education in the country and we collaborate with world-class partners to ensure continued excellence in learning and teaching.
The Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria is situated on the Onderstepoort campus of the University some 20 km north west of the Hatfield main campus and some 15 km due north of the city centre of Pretoria (Tshwane). It aims to be an internationally accredited seat of veterinary excellence, strives to be globally competitive, regionally pre-eminent and locally relevant whilst providing an effective veterinary interface to Africa.

The Faculty has a proud tradition in veterinary and para-veterinary education, research and service-rendering which dates back to the early 1920s.
Welcome to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (the 'OVAH') – the vibrant and high-tech practical training hospital of the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Our current custom-designed facility is less than two decades old, and provides continuous in-house clinical training for all final year veterinary students and final year veterinary nursing students annually. We have state-of-the-art equipment at our disposal, top clinicians and specialists, and skilled, dedicated support personnel.

Situated in the north of Pretoria, just a few kilometres from the R101 - Lavender rd/ Route 566 junction, we are ideally situated to provide expert care to both domestic and production animals living in the surrounding urban and rural areas. We accept patients on a first opinion and referral basis, thus ensuring a comprehensive service to animal owners within the community, as well as private veterinarians countrywide. Furthermore, the wide variety of patients and clinical problems seen by us ensures that we fulfil our primary mandate successfully by providing our students with diverse and world-class practical veterinary training.

Telephone number: +27 (0)12 420-3111
Fax number: +27 (0)12 420-4555
E-mail address:
Postal Address: University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002

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