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Veterinary Bursary

PLEASE NOTE: at the moment there is a student benefitting from a VAN bursary and that no further applications are being accepted until this student concludes her studies.

The Veterinary Association of Namibia (VAN) is the professional organization representing veterinarians and para-professionals across Namibia. The Association serves the veterinary profession by promoting continuing education for all members and protecting the interests and status of the veterinary profession in Namibia.

From time to time we offer a bursary to support a Namibian student to study the degree of Veterinary Science at a university within the SADC region. This bursary only covers tuition fees.

An inivtation to apply is advertised in the local media and on this webpage whenever we have a bursary available. VAN always encourages historically disadvantaged students to apply for this opportunity.

Margareta Kankono

My name is Margareta Kankono, I was born in a village called Lindangungu in Oshana region northern Namibia. I did my primary education at Lindangungu Combined School and later went to Ongwediva where I did my secondary education at Mweshipandeka High school .

In 2011 I was admitted at the University of Namibia to do a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture, a 3 year program. While at UNAM, I was actively involved in student leadership serving as the chair person of the Ogongo Campus Choir, the secretary of Agric Society, and a hostel committee member. I graduated in 2014. I am currently furthering my studies at The University Zambia doing Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine. I am a third year student and proud to be sponsored by VAN. During my childhood I used to spend most of my time looking after or herding domestic farm animals after school or during weekends, this triggered my interest in animals.

Due to my love for animals and the inspiration I got from vets, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming one. To not only serve animals but also humankind through innovative and sustainable agricultural practices, prevention of zoonotic diseases and providing veterinary services for pets which play an important role in human lives for companionship and security.

My hobbies include playing tennis, netball and meeting new people with inspirational characters and love.


Dear WVA Members,

MSD Animal Health and WVA are delighted to announce the 2018 Veterinary Student Scholarship Program to enhance the academic experience of veterinary students from countries in the regions of Latin America, Africa, North Africa/Middle East and Asia/Oceania (the regions of North America and Europe are under the scholarship programs of AVMF and FVE).

Please find attached the announcement (that includes the application form) in English, French and Spanish.

The WVA would like kindly to ask your assistance to promote the 2018 scholarship program and disseminate the attached information to veterinary schools in your country and in your region.


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