BSc Agric (Hons) MSc Agric BVSc MBA MMedVet (SA Surgery)
Dr Venter graduated in 1992. After lecturing on large animal subjects at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa for many years, he changed his focus in 2010 to small animal surgery. As a Small Animal Surgery locum in the Department of Companion Clinical Studies he also trained final-year students in their surgery clinical rotations, as well as veterinary nurses. Japie has taught the full gamut of surgery ranging from general to skin and neoplasms, soft tissue, gastrointestinal, urogenital, orthopaedic, joint, reconstruction and neuro/spinal on a variety of small animals, including wildlife. In 2013, Japie was honoured with the Clinician of the Year Award due to being voted the best lecturer by final year Veterinary (BVSc) students. Japie’s research interests are preventative surgery, orthopaedics, neurology and oncology. For 17 years he worked as a consultant to the United Nations, overseeing the conditions of dogs being used in land mine clearance projects of the UN in post-war countries, mainly Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. In his spare time, Japie enjoys woodwork, golf and tennis. In 2016 he joined the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University, as a specialist small animal surgeon.