Veterinary technologists play an important role in the maitenance of animal health and productivity in South Africa. Their tasks consists firstly, of performing diagnostic tests to assist veterinarians in determining the cause of sickness or death of animals and also monitoring the health status of the agricultural animla population. Secondly, they are involved in technical and field studies in research, working with a professional team of researchers. Veterinary technologists are also employed in quality control of veterinary products and the production of biological products asuch as antigents for diagnostic tests and vaccines for the prevention of disease. All of these duties are performed keeping their ethical code in mind.
Some work spheres covered by Veterinary Technologists include:
Parasitology, Bacteriology, Serology, Histopathology, Haematology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Virology, Toxicology and Dairy diagnostics.
Veterinary technologists are trained at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria and follow a three year diploma course of which one year consists of experiential training at a veterinary laboratory where the aim is to practically expose the students to a whole range of disciplines in a veterinary laboratory. Opportunitiy exists for further studies for those students who wish to enter the research field.