CLOSE DATE: 2016/01/29


Tracking Number: AGR 2015-269
Job Title: Animal Health Technician Ref No. AGR 2015-269
Department: Agriculture
Salary level: 8
Reporting To: Mr D Visser at 082 907 1141
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Riversdale, Western Cape

Job Purpose:

The Department of Agriculture, Western Cape Government is looking for an individual to deliver a technical support to the State Veterinarian. The successful candidate must show ability to work accurately and precisely. This position is based in Riversdale.

Minimum Requirements:

• A National Diploma/ B-Degree qualification (as recognised by SAQA) in Animal Health; • Compulsory registration as an Animal Health Technician with the S.A. Veterinary Council; • A valid (code B) driver’s licence.


• Basic Laboratory experience; • Practical and theoretical knowledge of animal diseases.

Key Performance Areas:

• Detection, treatment, control, prevention and eradication of animal diseases in accordance with the relevant legislation; • Extension to the general public and farmers i.r.o animal diseases and zoonoses for the promotion of animal production and improvement of animal welfare in rural communities; • Effective task planning and compiling reports; • Stock census and disease data collection and processing thereof; • Render a support service and give the necessary extension and training to resource poor emerging farmers and communities; • Support Food Safety personnel through abattoir visits and extension service at schools.


• Communication (written and verbal) skills in at least two of the three languages in the Western Cape; • Skills in general procedures with respect to the handling and treatment of animals; • Computer literacy (MS Word, MS Excel; MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook); • Planning and organisational skills; • Knowledge of disease surveillance and the electronic processing of survey data; • The ability to work independently and in a team and still maintain accuracy and precision.

Remuneration: R 243 747 – R 287 121 per annum (Salary Level 8).

Note on remuneration:
Cost-to-employer (CTE) remuneration packages for certain occupation-specific dispensations (OSD), the middle-management service (MMS) and contract positions are inclusive of all costs related to service benefits or obligations including basic salary, 13th cheque, medical assistance, housing assistance, pension-fund contributions, etc.

MMS remuneration packages are flexible and may be individually structured as prescribed.
Where remuneration is not indicated as CTE, employees’ service benefits or obligations are funded or co-funded in terms of the applicable prescripts or collective agreements.

Notes Note: Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit copies of their documentation for verification purposes. These candidates will be required to attend interviews on a date and time as determined by the department and may also be required to undergo competency assessments/proficiency tests.