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Seven new vets join department

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The programme runs for a year and is also part of taking veterinary services to the whole province - especially the rural areas

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SEVEN newly qualified veterinarians have joined the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s Veterinary Services in the Northern Cape.

The initiative, part of the Compulsory Community Services (CCS) programme, offers the newly qualified veterinarians the opportunity to render their much-needed services to rural areas and to gain valuable experience and knowledge under the supervision of qualified veterinary doctors.

The programme runs for a year and is also part of taking veterinary services to the whole province – especially the rural areas. The programme was introduced by government as part of bridging the animal health services gap between the urban and rural communities in the country, according to spokesperson for the department, Phemelo Manankong.

The newly qualified veterinarians will be based in the John Taolo Gaetsewe, ZF Mgcawu, Frances Baard and Pixley ka Seme Districts.