Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Animal Health

Qualification code: NDANM
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62371
APS/AS: 18
The National Diploma: Animal Health is approved for registration with the SAVC. It is compulsory for each student to register with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) the first time they register for ANH301A and maintain the registration throughout the remaining part of the course. The relevant form is available on the SAVC website (http://www.savc.org.za). The form should be completed by the student and then stamped by Unisa AT ANY UNISA CENTRE. The student should liaise with the SAVC Tel: 012 345-6347 / 6360: fax: 012 345-6369 to complete the registration process. No student is allowed to proceed with their work-integrated learning (WIL) if they have not registered with the SAVC. Practical work forms an integral part of this qualification. Therefore, no student will be able to graduate if they have not completed all the practical modules. Students who wish to change over to the new Diploma in Animal Health may apply to do so.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification will qualify the learners as Animal Health Technician who would be competent in applying animal health care, disease control and management techniques in the prevention and control of animal diseases in order to support animal and veterinary public health.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2021, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
AHPR02G - Laboratory Diagnostics (Practical) Co-requisite:LDS141Q
AHPR03G - Reproduction Management (Practical) Co-requisite:AND1016 & PAH131S
AND201A - Animal Diseases II Pre-requisite:AND1016
ANH301A - Animal Health Practice III Pre-requisite:AND1016 & PAH131S
EPD201F - Epidemiology Pre-requisite:EPD101T
LDS141Q - Laboratory Diagnostics I Co-requisite:AND1016 or AND201A
PHT201J - Pharmacology and Toxicology
PNH151U - Pasture and Nutrition (Animal Health I)

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
AEA271V - Agricultural Economics
AHPR04G - Tuberculosis/Brucellosis Practical
AHPR05G - Meat Hygiene Practical Co-requisite:VPH301L, TLG1016 and AND301D
AND301D - Animal Diseases Pre-requisite:AND201A
EPD301J - Epidemiology II Pre-requisite:EPD201F
TLG1016 - Legislation: Animal Health I
VPH301L - Veterinary Public Health III