Dr Johan van Rooyen registered as a Veterinary Specialist Practitioner

Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute, in Middelburg Eastern Cape is proud to announce that Dr Johan van Rooyen, a State Veterinarian at the institute for nearly 5 years, has been registered as a Veterinary Specialist Practitioner: Small Stock with the South African Veterinary Council. 

Dr van Rooyen is responsible for training of agricultural students at the Grootfontein College of Agriculture as well as research, advisory and extension services at the institute.  He has been active in the smallstock industry since 1979.

He received the M.Med.Vet Herd Health (CaprOv) degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria at Onderspoort.  His study leader was the well-known sheep academic Professor Gareth Bath.  The degree was completed on a part-time basis in June this year. 

Johan has also obtained the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Potchefstroom Business School in 1997 as well as the Masters Degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of the Free State in 2009.  He is currently completing the Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education at UNISA.

Dr van Rooyen has a special interest in sustainable sheep farming in the semi-arid areas and believes that production should take place with the lowest possible levels of chemical inputs and cost to the environment especially biodiversity.  This requires a holistic approach and particular attention to genetic adaption to the environemt.  Furthermore failure to plan is a plan for failure and his passion is to see every sheep and goat being managed according to a Flock Health and Production Programme.  He would also like to see all flock managers trained, formally and informally.

Grootfontein offers an advisory service to all small stock farmers and Dr van Rooyen is available on cell phone number 082 4633087 for advice.  Alternately he can be contacted by e-mail at Johan (work)  or at Johan (home).