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newsThe Star reports that there is a shortage of veterinarians and para-veterinary professionals in SA. Internationally, the norm is to have between 200 and 400 vets per million of the country’s population and SA has around 60 to 70 vets per million, according to the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA).

There is a shortage not only of vets but also para-veterinary professionals, such as veterinary nurses, animal health technicians and veterinary technologists. In a move to address the severe shortage in the veterinary sector, HWSETA together with the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, launched a veterinary career guidance awareness programme on Monday and announced that they would be awarding no less than 60 veterinary science and veterinary nursing bursaries. WSETA chairperson Dr Nomfundo Mnisi said the key to tackling the shortage issue was reaching out to students in rural areas where there was less awareness around animal health. HWSETA said the programme would be visiting numerous schools in rural areas across the Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Free State and Limpopo to encourage learners to consider a career in veterinary services. The school visits, which are part of a broader campaign called Breaking Barriers – Encouraging Black Youth to Take Up Veterinary Professions, will also feature talks by guests promoting the sector and an opportunity to see the career in action through a mobile veterinary clinic.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Chulumanco Mahamba at The Star

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