Neville C. Starke qualified as a veterinarian (BVSc) in 1926. He then served for 14 years as a Government Veterinary Officer in Bloemfontein, Bethlehem, Pietersburg, Duiwelskloof, Ladysmith and Potchefstroom. During 1932-1933 he assisted in combatting an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Botswana. This experience helped him to be the first to diagnose the disease in Dundee in 1937, thus facilitating its control. From Dundee he was transferred to Durban in 1939, where he remained until he moved to Onderstepoort as lecturer in Animal Management and General Hygiene. He occupied this post until 1948 when he transferred to the Department of Surgery, first as lecturer and later as Professor of Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics. He retired in 1959 to go farming on his smallholding near Stellenbosch.