Werner Steck qualified as Dr Med Vet in Switzerland and came to South Africa around 1925 as a lecturer in pathology at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Pretoria at Onderstepoort, and Research Officer at the Veterinary Research Laboratory. His research was described in the Reports of the Director of Veterinary Research. In 1926 he reported on a "Remarkable case of volvulus in a calf due to aplasia of the mesentory", and collaborated with J.B. Quinlan* and E.M. Robinson* in a study of necrobacillosis in equines. Two further papers by him appeared in 1928, one dealing with "Histological studies on East Coast Fever", the other with "Pathological studies on Heartwater". He returned to Switzerland at about this time.