Lecturer / Senior Lecturer: Pig Health Veterinarian (One post) - Faculty of Veterinary Science

South Africa
Oct 11, 2016
Oct 26, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time




In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

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 Department seeks an experienced veterinarian to join our dynamic team tasked with enhancing animal productivity and welfare, community and environmental health. This person will focus on teaching and research in pig health and production of both developing and commercial farmers.


The successful candidate will actively participate in the following areas:

  • Teaching and practical training of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary and veterinary nursing students, primarily in Porcine Production and Medicine, secondarily providing periodic support in general farm animal clinical work as required. The successful candidate will be expected to actively recruit additional porcine clientele to fulfil this mandate;
  • Network with relevant stakeholders in the porcine industry;
  • Postgraduate training and supervision for candidates appointed at the senior lecturer level;
  • Research and publications in scientific journals;
  • Administrative activities and other duties as delegated by the Head of Department;
  • Rendering service to commercial and developing farmers and to the veterinary profession and research community;
  • Participating in providing a 24-hour service;
  • Academic self-development as appropriate to the individual’s academic career.




  • A BVSc or BVMCh degree or an equivalent veterinary qualification;
  • MSc or equivalent postgraduate degree at the time of appointment or within one year;
  • Registration as a Veterinarian with SAVC, or eligible for immediate registration;
  • Two years’ appropriate veterinary experience including clinical and consultancy work with pigs and general farm animal veterinary exposure.

Senior Lecturer:

  • A BVSc or BVMCh degree or an equivalent veterinary qualification;
  • An appropriate MMedVet degree and/or equivalent specialty board certification and/or a PhD in a relevant area;
  • Registration with the SAVC as a specialist in porcine health or eligibility for registration;
  • Five years’ appropriate veterinary experience including porcine clinical and management consulting experience, and general farm animal veterinary exposure.



  • Proven skills in individual patient and herd- or population-level problem investigation, management interventions and consultation;
  • Proven competence in economic basis of decision-making in animal health;
  • Proven knowledge of the important veterinary aspects of porcine health and production in southern Africa;
  • Research interest appropriate to the position;
  • Commitment to obtain further a postgraduate qualification in a reasonable time;
  • Good language and communication skills (written and verbal comprehension and verbal expression);
  • Generic teaching competence such as communication and presentation skills;
  • Computer skills for presentation, word-processing, spreadsheets, communication and electronic networking.



  • Teaching experience appropriate to the tertiary environment;
  • An established professional network within the pig industry and professional environment;
  • Experience in domestic ruminant clinical work, and in other intensive animal production systems (poultry, feedlots, other).


The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes to the BESTMED medical aid scheme and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants are requested to apply online at www.up.ac.za, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Certified copies of qualifications;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact;
  • Names and contact details of peer reviewers (academic and research);
  • Self-evaluation which must address each of the numbered minimum requirements and required competencies. Applications that do not include these in the evaluation may be rejected.


CLOSING DATE: 26 October 2016

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

ENQUIRIES: Prof P Thompson, Tel: (012) 529 8290, or e-mail: peter.thompson@up.ac.za.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 15 December 2016, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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