Olibile mentored at Meatco

In 2016, Meatco awarded a bursary to Olebile Olibile, a current fourth-year student pursuing a six-year veterinary science degree at the University of Pretoria.

30 July 2019 | Education

Olibile decided to pursue a career in veterinary science because of two key drivers. The first is his aspiration to combat the frequent occurrence of foot-and-mouth-disease, which has negatively impacted the Namibian farming industry, through the erection of the Red Line.

He is also passionate about combatting African horse sickness, mainly because of his passion for horse riding.

Additionally, as per Olibile’s agreement with Meatco, he is required to carry out an attachment mentorship for 30 days per annum at Meatco’s Okapuka feedlot. This is mainly done during recess, depending on the schedule for him to do his in-service training, while completing his studies.

“Receiving this bursary from Meatco has made me count my blessings, because studying towards a veterinary science degree is extremely expensive. And due to the persisting drought situation, which is not making things easier for people like my father, who is a farmer, this bursary is contributing immensely towards my dream of becoming an animal doctor. I am, therefore, grateful to Meatco for the opportunity awarded," Olibile said.

Olibile expects to graduate in 2021, and under the current agreement with Meatco, he will be employed at the Okapuka feedlot as a veterinarian, depending on the need for one then.

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