Veterinary parasitologists in South Africa have played a crucial role in elucidating the causes and transmission of many major animal diseases, and in establishing life cycles and control measures that were appropriate to manage these serious conditions in economically effective ways. South Africa had many diseases that baffled early investigators and diligent, persistent investigation was necessary to find the links to a wide variety of internal and external parasites.
Since the establishment of the Veterinary Faculty at Onderstepoort in 1920, parasitology as a subject has been an important part of the curriculum and courses in helminthology, ecto-parasitology and protozoal diseases were featured for a total of 165 hours in 1994. (Verster, 1994). (Read full article in the WAHVM 2020 proceedings https://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/74425)
Presentation delivered at the 44th International Congress of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine held from the 27-29 of February 2020 at The Farm Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa