Home

IT UPGRADE

Dear Members

The SAVC’s IT upgrade is in progress.  By now you should have received several emails from the SAVC.   If you did not receive the SAVC’s emails then please contact us with your correct email details.

If you did send any emails to us and you did not get a response within 10 days.  Please resend the email as your email may on an off chance not have reached us. In the event of an emergency request kindly contact the administration at Tel: 27 [0] 12 345 6347.

Please assist us by updating all your contact details in an email addressed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience, SAVC Administration.

 

SAVC REGISTRATION EXAMINATION 2016

Applications for the SAVC Registration Examination have closed. No late applications will be considered.

 

WORLD VETERINARY DAY 30 APRIL 2016

 

CELEBRATING WORLD VETERINARY DAY 2016 (30 APRIL 2016)

The following veterinarians have been nominated as veterinarians who have contributed to veterinary affairs in South Africa. Please share these stories.

 

New legislation (One Government Gazette Notice including the CCS Regulations, Regulations for Suspensions, Inspections and Appeals and the New Rules for the Veterinary Profession)

Determination of costs recoverable for inquiries

 

Animal Health Technicians

Laboratory Animal Technologists

Veterinary Nurses

Veterinary Technologists

Veterinary Physiotherapists

Please submit detailed input to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by latest 13 May 2016.

 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PLEASE NOTE

  • Please view Latest News at the bottom of this page and Latest Information under the Members' Area, for regular updates. Members please view the latest Newsletters under the Members' Area.

Members of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions are requested to please get involved and note:

  • The concept of " One World, One Health" indicates that the world has awakened to the link between animal diseases and public health.  "It has long been known that  60% of known infectious diseases are common to humans and animals (whether domestic or wild); 75% of recent emerging human diseases came from animals and 80% of the pathogens that could potentially be used in bioterrorism are zoonotic.  It is also known that human populations need a regular diet of protein particularly from milk, eggs or meat, and that a deficiency can also be a public health problem..." 
  • Contributions from the veterinaryf.gov.za profession: Visit http:/Mixed Selection/www.oie.int/for-the-media/multimedia/video/topics-2/
  • Members login:  Please note that you can login to access the members area. You have to be enabled before you can view member documents. 

The "Members update panel" is no longer available, with regret and our apologies, to update contact details and CPD points as the problems with the system wasted the valuable time of our members and the developer was requested to remove the system from the website.

 

 

  VIDEO LINKS:

  African Buffalo: A major eco-tourism attraction but also a carrier of serious diseases

   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQZdakV0mGo&feature=youtu.be

 

DAFF FOOD SAFETY TV ADVERTS CAMPAIGN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLZXdqO0miw&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIaJ7rkCXVs

http://www.daff.gov.za/daffweb3/Branches/Agricultural-Production-Health-Food-Safety/Veterinary-Public-Health/Veterinary-Public-Health/Pamphlets-Information

 

SOUTH AFRICAN VETERINARY COUNCIL

Contact the SAVC at Tel: 27 (0)12 342 1612 Fax: 27 (0)12 342 4354 E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual Report for the period
1 April 2007 – 31 March 2008

The Annual Report for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 is submitted to the Minister in terms of Section 17 of the Veterinary and Para- Veterinary Professions Act, No 19 of 1982.

Council
1 April 2007 – 31 July 2007 1 August 2007 – 31 March 2008
Prof S S van den Berg – (President) Dr R Moerane (President)
Dr S T Cornelius – (Vice-President)
Dr I Sonntag (Vice-President)
Dr J R Adam
Dr J R Adam
Dr A P De Vos
Dr G A P Carlisle
Sr R Kenyon
Dr S T Cornelius
Dr C P Marwick
Dr A P De Vos
Mrs S M Masapu
Sr A Glen
Dr B M Modisane
Adv N Y Memani-Balani
Dr R Moerane
Dr B M Modisane
Dr L E Moorosi
Dr L E Moorosi
Dr J Mphahlele
Prof J Mphahlele
Mr J J Muller
Mr J J Muller
Dr N V H Nombekela-Madiba
Dr N V H Nombekela-Madiba
Mr I W G Radmore
Dr D J Odendaal
Mr L L P Sinclair
Mr I W G Radmore
Dr I Sonntag
Dr D M Sim
Prof H M Terblanche
Mr L L P Sinclair
Dr J Van Heerden
Prof G E Swan
Dr S M L Varrie
Dr J Van Heerden

In Office

Mrs H Kruger (Registrar)

Mrs L Havinga (Assistant Registrar)

Mrs L Daswa (Legal Assistant)

Auditors

C Kotzen and Associates

Registered Accountants and Auditors

Chartered Accountants (S.A.)

Dr Rebone Moerane - President

Mrs H Kruger - Registrar

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) performed all its duties in terms of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, Act 19 of 1982 and ensured that standards of training and of practice being Council’s main objectives were maintained. Council developed a strategic plan to serve as a basis for its activities and performed its duties in terms of the keeping of the register for the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions.

Council ensured that it, and the professions it serves, remained relevant in the international arena and participated in and took cognizance of the international standards as prescribed by the OIE (World Animal Health Organisation); and the Global Accreditation process under deliberation by various national and regional registry authorities.

To at the same time address the needs of the people and the animals of South Africa the Council authorised over 200 persons during this period to render services where there were no registered Veterinarians or Para-Veterinarians available to render services in various communities. Council developed a category for Competence Specific Registration with a view to register, more permanently, persons with particular expertise to address the lack of expertise in particular fields in academia, research and laboratory diagnostics as well as professionals with physical disabilities.

The Council embarked on a pilot project with a view to develop a Primary Animal Health Care strategy in which the team of animal health professionals would provide services to all people of the country, in particular to rural communities who are geographically isolated from the rest of the country and who are not currently receiving services. This pilot project will be used to determine the future role of the Veterinarian, as the leader of the animal health team namely Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Technologist, Animal Health Technician and will include extension workers and determine the roles of the Para-Veterinarians in the team.

The specific shortage of Veterinarians (a scarce skills profession) in particular in State Veterinary Services and in the rural areas of the country was addressed during the participation in the study on the Future of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions and with the involvement of both the Council and the Veterinary Professions in the deliberations on Compulsory Community Services. Partnerships were addressed and encouraged in particular and specifically between the State and the rural practitioners. The shortage of Veterinarians is not unique to South Africa and an OIE Conference is scheduled for 2009 to address a world-wide shortage and concerns with regard to the impact on food safety and security.

The SAVC continued to protect the professions, the public and the animals it serves and continued to: report lay persons performing services for which they are not qualified to the South African Police Services; address transgressions in terms of the Act by registered professionals; and address welfare and wellbeing of animals. These functions were executed mainly through legal activities, but also through pro-active liaison with various stakeholders on lay person activities, food security and safety matters, distribution and use of medicines and control of medicines by the Veterinary profession.

Communication with the professions was further improved and the image of Council addressed by improved liaison, developing closer relations and increasing contact between Councillors and the professions. Communication with the public and other stakeholders was also increased and improved.

Council through its Administration ensured that its funds were received and expended within the framework of sound financial management.

President’s overview

The South African Veterinary Council as a statutory organisation was during the year under review, and in the interest of the professions, public and animal welfare, involved in a host of activities that in one way or the other impacted positively on the Council’s vision, mission, objectives and ultimately on food security and economic growth in our country.

The activities and deliberations supported by the continuous valuable contributions from the members of the various veterinary and para-veterinary professions included among others the following:-

  • Inputs on various pieces of relevant legislation;
  • Attendance of OIE workshop on Veterinary Governance in Botswana;
  • Deliberations on the Compulsory Community Veterinary Service;
  • Participation in the study on the Future Vision for the Veterinary & Para-Veterinary Professions;
  • Monitoring standards of the training of Veterinarians and Para-Veterinarians;
  • Investigations on various allegations against members of the profession and members of the public (lay persons) ;
  • Participation International Accreditors Working Group, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA;
  • Implementation of the objectives and key result areas identified during the strategic planning session held in March 2007.

As a statutory body in line with Act 19 of 1982, the Council was involved in submitting amendments, reviewing and or commenting on the various legislation/rules and regulations. These included-

  • Drafting of a proposal on Suspension of members, [section 28A];
  • Development of submissions to the Medical Control Council: proposals on Chemical immobilisation and Compounding of medicines;
  • Drafting of a proposal on the way in which investigations may be held (Section 31A);
  • The amount of R25 000.00 to be determined by Minister in terms of Section 33(A) – published in Government Gazette (24 August 2007);
  • Rules related to advertising –to be published in Government Gazette;
  • Rules for AHT’s – published in Government Gazette (24 August 2007);
  • Section 23 (2) (d) – to be published in Government Gazette;
  • Rules for Veterinary nurses – published in Government Gazette (24 August 2007);
  • Rules for Veterinary technologists – published in Government Gazette (24 August 2007);
  • Submission to the Medical Control Council and Department of Health on Section 33 (General Regulation).

The Future vision of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary professions, the improvement on the accessibility of Veterinary services including Primary Animal Health Care to all members of the public, continued to be some of the key areas deliberated upon within the Council and with a number of role-players and stake-holders. The study on the Future Vision of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary professions wasn’t unfortunately, even with our interventions, completed on time and this had an impact on the finalisation of a number of other initiatives among others the Role of Para-Veterinarians in improving Primary Animal Health Care and the review of the curriculum for Veterinary training at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, UP at Onderstepoort (in augmenting the outcome of the visitation report in 2006). The Council attempted to assist in fast-tracking the process by

  • Identifying specific Councillors to develop questionnaires and coordinate inputs from members of the profession; and
  • Engaging the service provider and stakeholders on ways to gather information.

Another key discussion area that the Council deliberated on was the state of Veterinary services within the State and this was prompted by complaints from various stake-holders, requests from the Department of Agriculture (DoA) and members of the public. In an attempt to assist in addressing the concerns, the Council was involved in a number of activities that included submitting inputs on the Compulsory Community Service for Veterinarians, coordinating several workshops on the Primary Animal Health Care, engaging several Provincial Directors and further exploration on the Global accreditation and reciprocity regarding the training and qualifications of Veterinarians.

During July 2007, the term of the previous Council under the experienced leadership of Prof S S van den Berg (15 years of service to the SAVC), came to an end with the appointment of a new Council including several new appointments within the administration. The new Council was inaugurated during August 2007 and immediately continued with the functions of the SAVC. However one must highlight that the leadership, professionalism and dedication of the previous President, Councillors and Administration, made it easy for the new Council to effectively deliver on the expected mandate. During the inauguration of the new Council in July 2007, the Minister of Agriculture, Ms Lulu Xingwana had an opportunity to address and guide the new Council on some of the key expected deliverables. We trust that the new Council will during their activities in the three year term, take cognisance of the Ministers’ address, the foundation created to date by the previous Councillors and the outcome of the strategic plan.

On 1 February 2008, the office of the SAVC was officially relocated to new premises at 874 Church Street, Lisdogan Park, in Pretoria. The acquisition of the new premises assisted in improving the image of the Council with members of the profession finding it easy to locate the offices and thus avoiding traffic congestion in the city centre. The dedication and professional manner, in which the administrative staff handled the relocation, ensured that we didn’t encounter any complaints on interference with the daily functioning of the Council.

The Council also experienced a number of challenges in their operations that included the short stay of employees at lower levels with some staff members having to work overtime, some members of the profession still perceiving the Council as an organisation working against them, and the Council having to investigate allegations against in particular, members of the public (lay persons) who were involved in providing Veterinary services without the relevant qualifications. Besides the investigations being costly and time consuming, the Veterinary Council is always concerned about the safety and wellbeing of both the animals and public at large. Some of the activities conducted by the unqualified members of the public members (lay persons) are not only illegal in terms of our Act but they are also a huge risk for the general food safety and the export status of various animal products exported out of our country. The Veterinary Council considers such activities a serious threat to the profession and to human and animal wellbeing. The Council will continue to, in collaboration with various role-players (such as the DoA, Department of Health, South African Police Services (SAPS), South African Veterinary Association (SAVA), Judiciary and Animal Welfare Organisations (AWOs)), find better ways of preventing such activities.

Various communication methods were explored, during the reporting period, as a measure to improve the public relations aspects and to create more awareness on the Veterinary field. The methods used included the use of our Newsletter, presentations by various Councillors at the SAVA branch meetings and holding meetings with in particular the DoA, SAVA and AWOs. The Council acknowledges that a lot still has to be done particularly in promoting Veterinary science in the communities and as already captured in our strategic plan, more efforts will in collaboration with the State, Training institutions, NGO-s and private sectors be implemented in the coming years.

In general we are satisfied with the output of the Council during the year under review, and the activities and successes would not have been possible without the guidance of the Minister of Agriculture, the efforts and unreserved contribution of the previous Council, the staff members in the administration, the members of the profession and the inputs from other role-players and stakeholders.

1. Administration

The management of the administration remained the same under the leadership of Mrs H Kruger (Registrar) and Mrs L Havinga (Assistant Registrar). Due to the challenge of shortage of staff identified in the previous year, and due to the relocation of offices, a number of appointments were implemented namely:

  • Ms L Daswa – Legal assistant
  • Ms J Manabile – Catering officer
  • Mr S Mkhatshwa – Messenger
  • Ms J Mokale - Junior registration official
  • Mr S Nqawe - Junior bookkeeper

The appointment of new employees assisted in reducing the workload on management and by the same token increased output. However due to the competition within the legal fraternity, Ms L Daswa left the Administration for a better opportunity with another employer.

2. Council and its Executive

2.1. Full Council Meetings

  • 31 May 2007
  • 24 July 2007
  • 06 August 2007
  • 06 November 2007
  • 22 January 2008
  • 11 March 2008

2.2 Attendance

1 April 2007 – 31 July 2007 1 August 2007 – 31 March 2008

Prof S S van den Berg –

Dr S T Cornelius –

Dr I Sonntag (Elected)

Dr J R Adam

Dr A P De Vos

Sr R Kenyon

Dr C P Marwick

Mrs S M Masapu

Dr B M Modisane

Dr R Moerane

Dr L E Moorosi

Dr J Mphahlele

Mr J J Muller

Dr N V H Nombekela-Madiba

Mr L L P Sinclair

Prof H M Terblanche

Mr I W G Radmore

Dr J Van Heerden

Dr S M L Varrie

Dr R Moerane

Dr I Sonntag

Dr J R Adam

Dr G A P Carlisle

Dr S T Cornelius

Dr A P De Vos

Sr A Glen

Adv N Y Memani-Balani

Dr B M Modisane

Dr L E Moorosi

Prof J Mphahlele

Mr J J Muller

Dr N V H Nombekela-Madiba

Dr D J Odendaal

Mr I W G Radmore

Dr D M Sim

Mr L L P Sinclair

Prof G F Swan

Dr J Van Heerden

All members attended all the meetings during the period of report except for Prof Mphahlele and Advocate Memani- Balani who were absent at one meeting, respectively.

2.3 Executive Committee

2.3.1 Meetings- 29 October 2007 with SAVA, AWOs and DoA

01 April 2007- 31 July 2007 01 August 2007-31 March 2008
Prof S Van den Berg – President Dr R Moerane – President
Dr S T Cornelius – Vice President Dr I Sonntag – Vice President
Dr I Sonntag Dr S T Cornelius

All members attended all the meetings during the period of report.

3. Continued Professional Development (CPD): CPD Accreditation Committee

The implementation of the Continued Professional Development policy for the Veterinary profession continued to be one of the key activities of the Council. A committee established under the leadership of Dr J Van Heerden with Prof R Kirberger as one other member of the Committee, continued to evaluate various CPD activities for accreditation and to amend the CPD policy/guidelines. The Committee liaised electronically.

A total number of 193 applications for the accreditation of courses was considered with ultimately 189 accredited. The implementation of the CPD has provided an opportunity for members of the profession to update their knowledge on the latest scientific information, new practice related developments and to improve the quality of services to the clients.

The successful introduction and implementation of CPD within the Veterinary profession in South Africa, has triggered an interest within the Para-Veterinary profession to implement the system with other countries espousing to implement a similar system in their respective countries. Several proposals and amendments to the system were received from members of the profession and following on careful and robust deliberations, the current CPD system was retained as is.

4. Education Committee

4.1 Meetings

  • 30 May 2007
  • 23 July 2007
  • 5 November 2007

4.2. Members of Committee

01 April 2007 -31 July 2007

01 August 2007-31 March 2008

Dr L E  Moorosi (Chairperson)

Dr A P De Vos (Chairperson)

Dr A P De Vos

Dr D M Sim

Dr R  Moerane

Prof G E  Swan

Sr R  Kenyon

Sr A Glen

Prof G E  Swan

Mr I W G Radmore

Mr J  Muller

Mr J J Muller

>Mr L L P  Sinclair

Mr L L P Sinclair

Mr I W G Radmore

Dr> N V H  Nombekela-Madiba

All members attended all the meetings during the period of report except for Mr L L P Sinclair who was absent at one meeting.

The Education Committee made recommendations on key issues that included matters as follows:

  • Visitation report of Faculty of Veterinary Science (UP) (2006);
  • Evaluation of the report on Global accreditation and measures for South Africa to participate. Prof Gerry Swan and the Registrar, Mrs Hanri Kruger represented the Council at meetings during 18 and 19 May 2007 in Melbourne, Australia and 29-31 October 2007, in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA. The objective of the meetings was to develop common standards and to agree on Self Evaluation Reporting for accreditation purposes. The SAVC was subsequently requested to lead other African countries in the Accreditation process and to draft guidelines in the African context. The accreditation of veterinary qualifications is in line with the NQF in respect of international benchmarking. A future planned meeting will in all probability be held in South Africa;
  • Submission and encouragement of the profession and other stakeholders to participate in the review of the curriculum of the BVSc degree programme;
  • Consideration and acceptance of the restructured BVSc degree for continued registration purposes;
  • Preparation of examination papers, setting of dates for registration examinations and setting of examination teams for Examinations for Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses, Animal Health Technicians and Veterinary Technologists;
  • Monitoring standards of training of all prescribed qualifications. All subjects are monitored on a six- year rotation basis. The SAVC reported its findings to the Council on Higher Education (CHE);
  • Developing the requirements for Competence Specific Registration (CSR);
  • Stimulating inputs on the Computer Based Examination. This is unfortunately still in its infancy and more inputs will be solicited with a proper decision taken in the following year.

4.3 Examination panels 2007

A) Animal Health Technicians 2007

Examination(AHT)full registration

Special Registration Examination

Prof C M  Veary (Examination Officer)

Convenor: Dr P  Koen

Moderator: Dr A  Burtkowiak-Higgo

Dr I  Lwanga-Iga

Dr M M S Molefe

Dr M D MacFarlane

Moderator: Mr J Oosthuizen

Mr D  Visser

Dr L Cele

Mr L  Potgieter

B) Veterinarians 2007

Prof C M Veary (Examination Officer)

Prof L Prozesky (Moderator)

Prof N Duncan

Dr P C van Schalkwyk

Dr J Picard

Prof G Bath (Moderator)

Mrs H Kruger (Moderator)

Prof K Pettey

Dr H Nel

Mrs L Havinga

Dr D Holm (Moderator)

Dr N Keller

Dr P C Page

Dr J G Harmse

Dr H Annandale (Moderator)

Dr Mark Meyer

Dr T G Casey


C) Veterinary Nurses 2007

Prof C M Veary (Examination Officer)

Prof C M McCrindle (Moderator)

Prof R A Meintjes

Prof J Soley

Dr V Naidoo

Prof K P Pettey

Dr E V Schwan

Dr J Crafford

Prof F Reyers

Prof N J van der Merwe

Sr E A Botha

Dr E van Dijk

Dr E Scheepers

Dr C J du Plessis

Dr B Meyers

Ms C Makanjee

Prof F Stegmann

Dr H Annadale

D)                   Veterinary Technologists 2007 (Special registration examination)

 

Ms C Boshoff (Moderator)

Mr L Gerber

4.4 Outcome of Full Registration Examinations 2007

  • Out of a total of 47 Veterinarians that sat the examinations, 28 passed (60%).
  • Out of 04 Veterinary nurses that sat the examinations, 02 passed (50%).
  • Out of 01 Animal Health Technician that wrote the examinations, 0 passed (0%).

4.5 Outcome of Special Registration Examinations 2007

  • Out of 16 persons that wrote the special registration examination for Veterinary Technologists, 05 passed (31%).
  • Out of 20 persons that wrote the special registration examination for Animal Health Technicians, 13 passed (65%).

5. Committee on Fees

The Committee meets twice a year and met on 30 May 2007 and 29 October 2007. In compiling the Guideline of Tariffs the Council is acutely aware that it may not dictate to the veterinary profession what it may charge, but Council exercises control over the profession in the interest of clients of veterinary services by using the guideline when there is a complaint regarding fees.  The guideline needs to be seen in this light only and the minimum and maximum range is wide enough to cater for the full economic and specie spectrum of veterinary practice as it exists in South Africa.  The Committee received and considered several inputs on the amendment of the fees for 2008. In an effort to promote the profession and educate the public, the chairperson of the committee was mandated to approach the SABC (Focus programme) for a formal interview on fees related to Veterinary services and to inform the public on processes to be followed with regards to complaints related to Veterinary fees. The interview was subsequently conducted by Dr G Steenkamp of the SAVA and the SAVC received very little feedback from members of the public.

5.1 Members of Committee

01 April 2007 -31 July 2007

01 August 2007-31 March 2008

Dr J R Adam

Dr J R Adam

Mrs S Masapu

Adv N Y Memani-Balani

Dr S M L Varrie

Dr D J Odendaal

Dr I G Southern

Dr I G Southern

Prof J Mphahlele

Prof J Mphahlele

All members attended all the meetings during the period of report except for Prof Mphahlele, Advocate Memani- Balani and Dr I G Southern, who were both absent at one meeting, respectively.

6. Investigation Committee

6.1 Meetings

  • 3 May 2007
  • 26 July 2007
  • 11 October 2007
  • 17 January 2008

6.2 Members

01 April 2007 -31 July 2007

01 August 2007-31 March 2008

Dr I Sonntag – Chairperson

Dr G A P Carlisle – Chairperson

Dr M Maja

Dr M P Verseput

Dr M P Verseput

Dr T D Bredell

Dr T D Bredell

Dr J I Rajput

All members attended all the meetings during the period of report except for Dr Maja who was absent at two meetings.

Due to incorrect perceptions of some members of the profession, this committee is unfortunately notorious and viewed as a committee working against professionals. A total of 41 matters were submitted to the Administration and 33 matters brought before the committee and dealt with as follows:-

  • 7 Of these matters were at the end of March 2008, still waiting further investigation;
  • 10 Matters related to accounts of which 8 were found in order and in 2 matters the veterinarian was instructed to refund the client;
  • 9 Matters were closed due to a lack of compliance with requirements for complaints e.g. no affidavit received, person deregistered;
  • 8 Matters were closed based thereon that the veterinarian acted reasonable and/or there was no case;
  • 2 Matters were dealt with in terms of Rule 35 (5) ;
  • 4 Matters were referred for investigation by an Inquiry Body; and
  • 1 Matter was referred to the Medicines Control Council.

Categories of complaints dealt with

Category

2004

2005

2006

2007

Fees

8

10

11

10

Unprofessional conduct

39

51

61

31

Complaints against lay persons

11

9

14

9

The South African Veterinary Council was successful in opposing an application to the High Court by the Veterinary Defense Association (VDA).  The application challenged the constitutionality of the submission of clinical records in terms of Rule 26(5) of the rules for Veterinarians.  The court ruling meant that Council is entitled to request a veterinarian to submit clinical records in properly dealing with complaints against any member of the Veterinary profession.

7. Registration & Authorisation Committee

7.1               Meetings held

  • 29 May 2007
  • 26 October 2007
  • 22 January 2008

7.2 Members of the committee

01 April 2007 -31 July 2007

01 August 2007-31 March 2008

Dr R  Moerane – Chairperson

Dr L E  Moorosi – Chairperson

Dr I Sonntag

Dr I Sonntag

Mr I W G Radmore (Co-opted)

Sr A Glen

Sr R Kenyon

Mr I W G Radmore

All members attended all the meetings during the period of report.

7.3 Registrations, Removals, Renewals and Authorisations

A total of 4887 professionals were registered with the SAVC on 31 March 2008. The administration again did an excellent job in encouraging members to register and to maintain their registration. The inclusion of the Animal Health Technician profession and subsequent examinations over the past 2 years led to an increased number of professionals being registered with the Council.

Professions 2007/08

Registrations

Removals

Re-registrations

Total registered

Veterinarians

117

76

25

66

Veterinary Nurses

 

43

 

13

 

8

 

38

Veterinary Technologist

 

31

 

11

 

5

 

25

Animal Health Technician

 

145

 

177

 

22

 

-10

Laboratory Animal Technician

0

3

1

-1

Specialists

11

0

0

11

Authorised Veterinarians and Para-Veterinarians

 

 

 

 

 

143

Animal Welfare Assistants

 

 

 

 

 

60

Number of Professions registered as at March 2008

Profession

Number registered

%

Veterinarians

2723

56

Veterinary Nurses

490

10

Veterinary Technologist

180

4

Animal Health Technician

896

18

Laboratory Animal Technician

25

0.5

Specialists

125

2.5

Restricted Veterinarians

12

0.2

Authorised

436

9

Total

4887

 

Number of Professionals registered with Council

Profession

2005/6

2006/7

2007/8

Veterinarians

2598

2658

2723

Veterinary Nurses

431

452

490

Veterinary Technologist

149

156

180

Animal Health Technician

727

937

896

Laboratory Animal Technician

31

27

25

Specialists

110

112

125

Restricted Veterinarians

12

12

12

Authorised (Section 23 (1) (c)

337

334

436

Total

4395

4688

4887

7.4 The following qualifications were accepted during the period of report in terms of Section 20 (5) (a) (b) & (c) to register the applicants, after successful completion of the examination:

1.       Bruns A C         DVM, Univ of Leipzig, Germany

16.   Marufu M C       BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

2.       Chingonzoh R   BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

17.   Matema S         BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

3.       Dliwayo R         BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

18.   Matumbu J        BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

4.       Erlwanger K H   BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

19.   Mparamoto M    BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

5.       Grochowski K   Dr.Med.Vet, Univ of Giessen, Germany

20.   Muchopa G T    BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

6.       Gumbo S          BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

21.   Mudzingwa J     BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

7.       Katsande T C    BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

22.   Murenga V M    BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

8.       Katumbay A N   DVM, Univ of Lubumbashi, DRC

23.   Nkomo N          BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

9.       Long L J           DVM, Univ of Ohio, USA

24.   Numbi L B         DVM, Univ of Lubumbashi, DRC

10.   Loukianova V    DVM, Saratov State Med Univ, Russia

25.   Nyahuma M       BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

11.   Madzingira O    BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

26.   Nyanhongo N    BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

12.   Magaisa  M V    BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

27.   Pachena H        BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

13.   Magwedere K   BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

28.   Sibanda D R     BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

14.   Manyatelo G     BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

29.   Thompson K N DVM, Ohio, USA

15.   Marimbire S K   BVSc, Univ of Zimbabwe

30.   Shooter L D      BSc, Univ of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

8. Committee on Specialisation

The committee met on two occasions on 9 May 2007 and 16 January 2008 and mainly considered various proposals on the minimum requirements for registration as a specialist, examination requirements for the registration of Veterinary Specialists, Guidelines for the Monitoring of Standards and peer review assessments. The committee was constituted as follows:-

8.1 Members of the committee

01 April 2007 -31 July 2007

01 August 2007-31 March 2008

Prof H M Terblanche – Chairperson

Dr B M Modisane – Chairperson

Dr C Gerstenberg

Prof H M Terblanche

Prof R M Kirberger

Dr D B Miller

Dr A L Lange

Dr L L Van der Merwe

Dr D B Miller

Prof F Reyers

Dr M Van Zyl

 

All members attended all the meetings during the period of report except for Prof Kirberger, Dr Miller and Dr Modisane who were absent at one meeting, respectively.

9. Pre-Advice Screening Committee on Inspections

The committee concentrated on the guidelines for inspection of Veterinary facilities including the inspection of a few facilities. The inspectors assisted members of the profession both private practitioners and State Veterinarians with implementation of the minimum requirements for facilities. All matters were dealt with electronically and its committee consisted of the members as listed below.

9.1 Members of the committee

01 April 2007 -31 July 2007

01 August 2007-31 March 2008

Prof S S Van den Berg

Dr I Sonntag – Chairperson

Prof A M Lubbe

Prof S S Van den Berg

Dr L Orsmond

Prof A M Lubbe

Dr N V H  Nombekela-Madiba

Dr L Orsmond

Dr A Erasmus

Dr A Erasmus

 

Dr N V H  Nombekela-Madiba

10. Other representatives were confirmed as follows

  • Council member with Animal Welfare Portfolio – Dr I Sonntag
  • Council members to handle issues of professional members experiencing problems with substance dependency, stress related and other difficulties – Dr D M Sim and Dr A P De Vos
  • Council member to deal with the Code of Conduct & Practice for the Veterinary Profession – Dr D M Sim

SOUTH AFRICAN VETERINARY COUNCIL

Established under Veterinary and Para-Veterinary

Professions Act, 1982 (Act 19 of 1982)

ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - 31 MARCH 2008

I N D E X P A G E
Report of the Independent Auditors 15
Balance Sheet 16
Income Statement 17 -18
Notes to the Financial Statements 19 - 20
The financial statements which appear on pages 16 to 20 were approved by the board and are signed on their behalf on 3 September 2008.
PRESIDENT
REGISTRAR
REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS 15

 

To the members of SOUTH AFRICAN VETERINARY COUNCIL

We have audited the annual financial statements set out on pages 2 to 6 for the year ended 31 March 2008.

These financial statements are the responsibility of the executive committee. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

SCOPE. We conducted our audit in accordance with statements of South African Auditing Standards. Those

standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free of material misstatement.

An audit includes:

  • examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements
  • assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and
  • evaluating the overall financial statements presentation.

We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

AUDIT OPINION

In our opinion the financial statements fairly present, in all material respects, the financial position of the councilat 31 March 2008 and the results of their operations for the year then ended in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.

Please read about the changes to Sections  of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, Act 19 of 1982: Section 31 A and Section 28

Council approved the amendment and submitted these amendments for publication. 

Scroll down to read more about Suspension (Section 28)


INSPECTION:APPOINTMENT OF INVESTIGATING OFFICER (Section 31 A)



Council invited comment in Newsletter 47 November 2006 to include a new section (31A) in the Act to allow for the appointment of an investigating officer to among other things search premises and seize documents. This will only happen if a judge/magistrate has granted a warrant to this effect.

In summary:

·    The Council appoints an investigation officer

·    The President must approve the application for a warrant from a judge/ magistrate to search and seize records/ electronic data relating to a complaint that is being investigated

·     This will only be given if there is:

1.
prima facie evidence of a transgression of the Act;

2.
reasonable belief that there are records/electronic data in the possession of the person who is to be investigated;

3.
details of the records/ electronic data recorded beforehand; and

4.
a well-founded apprehension that the evidence may be hidden, destroyed or tampered with

·    Any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the registrar, president or council in terms of this section has the right to appeal to the High Court against such a decision.

31A.   Manner in which certain investigations may be instituted.— (1)  The registrar may with the approval of Council, where necessary in order to establish more facts, appoint an officer of the council as investigating officer for a particular investigation;

(2)  If the registrar deems it necessary, he or she may with the approval of Council appoint any person other than an officer of the council, who is not in the full-time employment of the council, as investigating officer for a particular investigation, or to assist the investigating officer contemplated in subsection (1) with a particular investigation;

(3)  A person appointed in terms of subsection (2) shall, for the purpose of the investigation in question, have the same powers and duties as the investigating officer contemplated in subsection (1);

(4)  The registrar shall issue to every person appointed under subsection (1) or (2) a certificate to the effect that he or she has so been appointed, and, in the case of a person appointed for, or to assist with, a particular investigation, that he or she has been appointed for such investigation, and in the exercise of his or her powers and the carrying out of his or her duties that person shall on demand produce such certificate.

(5)  If the registrar deems it necessary for the achievement of the objects of this Act, he or she may institute or cause to be instituted an investigation—

(a)  into an alleged contravention of, or failure to comply with, any provision of this Act;

(b) in order to determine if any provision of this Act applies to or has been contravened by a registered person; and

(c)  into a charge, complaint or allegation of  unprofessional conduct by a registered person;

(6)       The registrar may, with the approval of the president of council, instruct an investigating officer to obtain a warrant issued by a magistrate or judge to enter upon and search any premises and carry out such an investigation and make such enquiries as the investigating officer may deem it necessary provided that:

(a)               prima facie evidence of a contravention of this Act or rules exist;

(b)               a person whose conduct is being investigated has or reasonable grounds exists to believe that such a person has in his or her possession records and/or electronic data relating to the matter which is being investigated which is or was on the premises,  or in the possession or custody of such a person;

(c)                the records and/or electronic data is to be recorded by the registrar and presented to the president prior to the application for the warrant; and

(d)               there is real and well founded apprehension that the evidence may be hidden, destroyed or tampered with.

(7) An investigating officer who carries out an investigation in terms of this section may—

(a)  at any time reasonable for the proper performance of  his or her duty, with a warrant, and without prior notice enter upon and search any premises, and carry out such an investigation and make such enquiries as he or she may deem necessary:

(b) while he or she is on the premises or at any other time request the person whose conduct is being investigated to immediately or at a time and place determined by the registrar or investigating officer—

(i)                 produce to him or her the records or electronic data relating to, or which he or she on reasonable grounds believes to relate to, the matter which he or she is investigating, and which is or was on the premises, or in the possession or custody or under the control of that person or his or her employee or agent; and

(ii)               furnish such explanations to him or her as he or she may require in respect of any such records or , electronic data ; and

(c)  at any time and at any place request any person who has or is suspected on reasonable grounds of having in his or her possession or custody or under his or her control any records or , electronic data  relating to the matter which he or she is investigating, to produce it immediately or at a time and place determined by the registrar or investigating officer, examine such records  and /or electronic data , make extracts from and copies of the records and/or  electronic data, and request any person to furnish such explanations to him or her as he or she may require in respect of any entry in that record  or electronic data .;

8)  (a)  The registrar or an investigating officer who carries out an investigation under this section, shall compile a report of the investigation, and a report compiled by an investigating officer shall be submitted to the registrar

(b)         (i)  If such a report reveals prima facie evidence of unprofessional conduct contemplated in this Act and no complaint or charge has been lodged or laid or allegation regarding the conduct in question has been made for the purpose of an inquiry in terms of section 31, such report shall be deemed to be a complaint made for that purpose, and the registrar shall serve a copy thereof on the registered person concerned.

(ii)               If such a report reveals prima facie evidence, which makes it desirable that an investigation in terms of section 31 be instituted, the registrar shall forward a copy thereof to a committee to further investigate and deal with the matter in terms of this Act.

(iii)   If such a report does not reveal prima facie evidence of unprofessional conduct contemplated in this Act, the registrar shall serve a copy thereof  on the registered person concerned.

(c)  To the extent that such a report contains statements of witnesses which would have been admissible as oral evidence at an inquiry in terms of section 31 the provisions of section 213 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), shall apply mutatis mutandis in respect of those statements at such an inquiry.

(9)  (a)  A person who carries out or assists with the carrying out of an investigation in terms of this section, shall keep or assist in preserving  confidentiality in respect of all facts which come to his or her notice in the performance of his or her functions, and shall not disclose any such fact to any person except the registrar, the president of the council or the public prosecutor concerned in the case of an offence in terms of this Act, or by order of a court.

(10)  Any person who—

(a)  refuses or neglects to produce any record or electronic data  to any person who is in terms of this section authorised to ask for it;

(b)  hinders or obstructs the registrar or an investigating officer in the exercise of his or her powers or the carrying out of his or her duties;

(c)  pretends that he or she is the registrar or an investigating officer;

(d)  contravenes a provision of subsection (9), shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction—

(i) in the case of a contravention contemplated in paragraph (a), (b) or (c), to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding twelve months or to both a fine and such imprisonment;

(ii) in the case of a contravention contemplated in paragraph (d), to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or to both  a fine and such imprisonment.

(11) Any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the registrar, president of council or council in terms of this section has the right to appeal to the High Court against such a decision.


SECTION 28A TO MAKE PROVISION FOR SUSPENSION OF VETERINARY AND PARA-VETERINARY PROFESSIONALS

28A.   Suspension of veterinary and para-veterinary professionals and revocation of such suspension.—(1)  A relevant  committee to whom the function has been delegated may authorise the registrar to suspend the registration of any person—

(a)       who has failed to comply with the requirements in respect of continuing professional development as prescribed under section 25A; or

(b)       who on the basis of a complaint lodged with the council or information available at the disposal of council is posing an imminent threat or danger to the public or any animal in terms of his or her professional practice.

(2)  The registrar must issue the notice of suspension and forward it to the person contemplated in subsection (1) by way of certified mail, fax or electronic transmission to the address appearing in respect of him or her in the register.

(3)  As from the date of issue of the notice referred to in subsection (2) and its receipt by the person concerned—

(a)      any registration certificate issued in terms of this Act to the person concerned must be deemed to be suspended; and

(b)      such person must immediately cease to practise the veterinary or para-veterinary profession in respect of which he or she is registered or to perform any act which he or she in his or her capacity as a registered person is entitled to perform, until such time as the suspension of his or her registration is lifted

(4)  The suspension of any person in terms of subsection (1) must be revoked by the registrar upon—

(a)      the expiry of the suspension period

(b)      such person complying with requirements in respect of continuing professional development as prescribed under section 25A; and

(c)      such person complying with such other requirements as the council may determine.".

AUTHORISATION

VETERINARIANS AND PARA-VETERINARIANS

SECTION 23 (1) (C)



Council may, after consideration of an application by a person not registered or deemed to be registered in terms of the Act, authorise him/her in writing to render, subject to such conditions as the Council may determine, for gain a particular service deemed in terms of the rules to pertain specially to a Veterinary or Para-veterinary profession.



ALL  EMPLOYERS OF APPLICANTS OTHER THAN ANIMAL WELFARE ASSISTANTS

Policy guidelines for authorisation of all other persons seeking authorisation to perform Veterinary and or Para-Veterinary procedures or to render the services of a Veterinarian and or Para-Veterinarian. 

Click on the link:     Policy guideline Section 23 (1) (c)



Animal Welfare Assistants

Persons working for bona fide Animal Welfare Organisations can apply for authorisation. Animal Welfare Organisations must submit a copy of their constitution to Council. 

Click on the link: AWAs

SAVC Login

Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa
http://www.rr-africa.oie.int/en/RC/en_vsbs.html

Veterinary Council of Namibia
http://www.van.org.na/section.php?secid=10

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)
http://www.dlvs.gov.zw/

Kenya Veterinary Board
http://kenyavetboard.org/

Veterinary Council of Tanzania
http://www.mifugouvuvi.go.tz/vertinary-council-of-tanzania/

Botswana Veterinary Association
http://www.bva.org.bw/bva_content.php?id=2

You are here: Home SAVC About the Council