MVM dates and timing

Most courses in the Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) programme are offered once every second year. Exceptions are the capstone courses (118.851, 118.852, 118.853), 118.761, Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine , and 118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology which are offered every year.

The duration of  most courses is 24 teaching weeks over two semesters (7 to 8 months total):

  • semesters 1 and 2 (late February to early November) or
  • semesters 2 and 3 (mid July to mid February).

Exceptions are the epidemiology courses, 118.785 and 118.786, which are single semester (either February–June or July–November) and business courses which are approximately 3 months.

Years when courses are offered

Companion animal medicine and surgery courses

Course code and name
Next year offered
Subsequent year offered
Semesters offered
118.761 Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine 2019 2020 1 and 2
118.752 Canine and Feline Endocrinology 2019 2021 1 and 2
118.753 Canine and Feline Oncology 2020 2022 1 and 2
118.758 Avian Medicine 2020 2022 1 and 2
118.764 Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery 2020 2022 1 and 2
118.751 Canine and Feline Gastroenterology 2020 2022 2 and 3
118.757 Cardiorespiratory Medicine for Small Animal Veterinarians 2020 2022 2 and 3
118.754 Diagnostic Imaging for Small Animal Veterinarians 2020 2022 2 and 3
118.755 Clinical Pathology in Small Animal Practice 2020 2022 2 and 3
118.761 Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine 2020 2021 1 and 2
118.762 Dermatology for Small Animal Veterinarians 2019 2021 1 and 2
118.756 Canine and Feline Neurology 2019 2021 2 and 3
118.759 Ophthalmology in Small Animal Practice 2019 2021 2 and 3
118.763 Canine and Feline Orthopedic Surgery 2019 2021 2 and 3

 

Production animal courses

Course code and name
Next year offered
Subsequent year offered
Semesters offered
118.775 Advanced Mastitis Management for the Production Animal Veterinarian 2020 2022 1 and 2
118.772 Calf Medicine, Health and Management 2020 2022 2 and 3
118.771 Advances in Ruminant Nutrition for Veterinarians 2019 2021 1 and 2
118.777 Veterinary Clinical Reproduction and Fertility 2019 2021 1 and 2
118.776 Lameness Investigation and Control for Cattle Veterinarians 2019 2021 2 and 3

 

Epidemiology courses (NB one semester only)

Course code and name
Next year offered
Subsequent year offered
Semester offered
118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology 2019 2020  1
118.786 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology 2018 2019  2

 

Business administration courses (NB one semester only)

Course code and name
Next year offered
Subsequent year offered
Semester offered
115.723 Accounting 1 2020 2022 1
115.739 Special Topic 1 (Dispute Resolution) 2019 2021 tbc
115.725 Leadership and People 2020 2022  2
115.726 Marketing Please check with the MVM office for next offering
 

Key dates for courses

We advise you to enrol early in the enrolment period since student numbers are limited to 30. Early enrolment also ensures that you receive study materials before the course starts. Learn how to enrol

Contact workshop dates for 2020 can be found in specific course descriptions and here. 

Course Name Workshop date
118.751 Canine and Feline Gastroenterology 8-10 December 2020
118.753 Canine and Feline Oncology 25-27 August 2020
118.754 Diagnostic imaging for Small Animal Veterinarians 8-10 December 2020
118.755 Clinical Pathology in SA Practice 8-10 December 2020
118.757 Cardiorespiratory Medicine for SA Veterinarians 8-10 December 2020
118.758 Avian Medicine 30 June - 2 July 2020
118.761 Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine 25-27 August 2020
118.764 Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery 25-27 August 2020
118.772 Calf Medicine, Health and Management 17-19 November 2020
118.775 Advanced Mastitis Management for the Production Animal Vet. 31 March - 2 April 2020
118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology 5-7 May 2020
118.786 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology 25-27 August 2020
118.851 Research Report (MVM) (45 credit) 11-13 February 2020
118.852 Research Report (MVM) (60 credit) 11-13 February 2020
118.853 Advanced Professional Practice in Veterinary Medicine (45 credit) 11-13 February 2020

Weekly time commitment per course

Each course offered over 2 semesters involves about 5-6 hours of work per week – one-eighth of a full-time workload.

For each epidemiology course (15 credits) plan to spend 10-15 hours of study per week during the semester.
For business courses students should plan for 25 hours of study per week for the period of the course.

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