Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
On-line version ISSN 2224-9435
BIGALKE, R D. Veterinary education in South Africa: the classes of 1938 and 1939. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. [online]. 2011, vol.82, n.4, pp. 190-193. ISSN 2224-9435.
Concise descriptions are given of the life histories of the 10 members of the classes of 1938 and 1939. All of them initially joined the government service, Hugo, Steenekamp and Schatz spending their entire careers in the South African Veterinary (Field) Services. Mansvelt, the first recipient of the much-coveted Theiler medal, was the 2nd veterinarian to be appointed Director of Veterinary Services, a position specially created for the 'Field' in 1962. Having first established a successful private practice, Hofmeyr was appointed as the 1st full-time Professor of Surgery of the Onderstepoort Faculty in 1958 and its 1st full-time Dean in 1976. Albertyn opted for a career in public health, becoming director of 1 of the largest local municipal abattoirs. Turner spent virtually his entire career in private practice and was eventually joined by Brown who had served in the British Colonial Veterinary Service for many years. Fick was a government veterinarian for his entire career, first in South Africa, then in the British Colonial Service (for 13 years) and finally returning to South Africa. Like Hugo, Muller filled a senior position in Veterinary (Field) Services before he opted for a farming career.
Keywords : 1938 and 1939; British Colonial Service; Dean of Faculty; graduates; private practice; public health; state veterinarians; Theiler medal.