The SAVF Bursary, awarded annually, is a testament to the foundation’s dedication to education and development within the veterinary sector. Funded by generous contributions from Lakato Veterinary Wholesalers, the SAVF Pet Memorial Fund, and a private benefactor, this bursary is more than just financial aid; it is a lifeline for aspiring veterinarians, offering them the opportunity to pursue their studies and dreams without the burden of financial constraints.

SAVF Bursary Overview

  • Coverage for: 2025 academic year
  • Closing Date: 30 April 2024
  • Enquires:
    Contact Person: Dr. Quixi Sonntag

About the South African Veterinary Foundation (SAVF)

In the heart of South Africa’s efforts to enhance the welfare and education of animals lies the South African Veterinary Foundation (SAVF), a beacon of hope and advancement since its establishment in 1984. This non-profit organization is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding and care for animals through its comprehensive approach to raising funds, promoting research, and increasing public awareness about animal education. With a steadfast commitment to nurturing the next generation of veterinary and biological science professionals, the SAVF bursary stands out as a pivotal instrument in achieving these goals.

Since 1999, the SAVF has embarked on a noble journey to financially assist 4th and 5th-year veterinary students, thereby cultivating a skilled and passionate workforce ready to contribute to the veterinary field. To date, the foundation has supported 40 students with a total contribution of R250,000, marking a significant investment in the future of veterinary science in South Africa.

SAVF Bursary Details for 2025 Academic Year

The South African Veterinary Foundation (SAVF), together with Lakato Veterinary Wholesalers, invites applications for its bursary program tailored for the 2025 academic calendar. Here’s a quick overview of the key points regarding the bursary value and the fields it covers:

  • Eligibility: Open to students aiming for a BVSc (Veterinary Science) degree at the University of Pretoria.
  • Number of Bursaries: Four bursaries available.
  • Bursary Value: Each bursary is valued at R10,000 for each student.
  • Year of Study: Bursaries are distributed between students in their 4th and 5th year of study, with two bursaries allocated to each group.
  • No Work-Back Obligation: Recipients of the SAVF bursary are not required to sign a service contract or fulfill any work-back duties after completing their studies.

This generous bursary program underscores the SAVF’s commitment to supporting veterinary students and advancing animal healthcare education in South Africa.

SAVF Bursary Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the SAVF Bursary, applicants must meet the following requirements. Please be aware that not meeting all of these criteria will result in your application being disqualified:

  • Field of Study: Must be enrolled in a BVSc (Veterinary Science) program within the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
  • Institution: Must be a student at the University of Pretoria.
  • Year of Study: Applicants should be preparing to enter their 4th or 5th year of study.
  • Financial Need: Must demonstrate a need for financial aid.
  • Academic Performance: A minimum average exam result of 60% is required.
  • Student Life Involvement: Participation in student activities, including sports, cultural events, or any other student life aspects, is mandatory.

How to Submit Your Application for the SAVF Bursary 2025

To apply for the SAVF Bursary for the 2025 academic year, please follow these essential steps for the electronic submission process through the provided link: “Application for SAVF Bursary 2025.”

Required Supporting Documents:

Ensure you attach clear copies of the following documents as part of your online application. Remember, failing to include any of these documents may result in your application being rejected.

  • Curriculum Vitae Summary: A brief overview of your educational and professional background.
  • Full Academic Record for 2023: Must be in PDF format.
  • Current Student Debt Overview: A detailed account of your existing student loans or debts.

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The South African Veterinary Foundation’s Bursary Program is an important resource for aspiring veterinarians. The program provides financial assistance and support for students who demonstrate a strong commitment to their studies and the profession.

Through the Bursary Program, the Foundation is helping to ensure that the next generation of veterinarians in South Africa has the necessary skills and knowledge to care for the country’s animals and people. The program is a great example of the Foundation’s dedication to improving the lives of animals and people in South Africa.

The journey through veterinary science is challenging, but with the support of the SAVF Bursary, it is also incredibly rewarding. Here’s to a future where more students can pursue their dreams without the burden of financial constraints, driven by their love for animals and their dedication to making a difference in the world.