The South African Veterinary Council regulates the practising of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions and the registration of persons practising such professions. Council exercises effective control over professional conduct, determines the standards of professional conduct and encourages and promotes efficiency in and responsibility with regard to the practising of these professions. Council protects the interests of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions and maintains and enhances the prestige, status, dignity and integrity of the professions. Council advises the Minister in relation to any matter affecting these professions.

The role of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions in the economic subsistence of the Agricultural and Health Sectors of South Africa dare not be underestimated and therefore the importance placed on the effective regulation of these professions is vitally important to the South African community.

The South African Veterinary Council is a statutory body, referred to as the Council and is constituted as follows:

Term of office 1 August 2016 - 31 July 2019

Six members elected in the prescribed manner:

Dr CP Marwick (president)

Dr JR Adam

Dr GAP Carlisle

Dr AP de Vos

Dr AJ Mohr

Dr CC Nkuna (vice-president)

Five members selected by the Minister of Agriculture:

Dr T Chetty

Dr AC Fleming

Dr CL Mnqetha

Prof V Naidoo

Mr T Zokufa (non veterinarian)

One representative designated by the South African Veterinary Association:

Dr J van Heerden

One representative of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, U.P. designated by the Minister of Agriculture

Prof D Holm

One member who is an officer of the Department of Agriculture and a registered veterinarian or specialist designated by the Minister

Dr MSM Molefe

One member designated by the Minister on account of his/her knowledge of law:

Ms K Mogale

One member elected by each of the following professions:

The Veterinary Nurses :

Sr T Lötter

The Veterinary Technologists:

Mr JJ Müller

The Laboratory Animal Technologists:

Mr CJJ Bester

Animal Health Technicians:

Mr MW Kutu

Members may contact the administration directly at Tel: 27(12) 345 6360 Fax: 27 (12) 345 6369 should they wish to submit any proposals for updating of the Code of Conduct and Practice for Veterinarians.


01 August 2016 - 31 Jul 2019

Dr CP Marwick (President)
Dr AC Fleming (Vice-President)
Dr CL Mnqeta (Member)

The Executive Committee exercises all the powers and performs all the functions of Council during periods between meetings. Any decision taken or act performed by or on the authority of the Executive Committee are in full force and effect, unless it is set aside or amended by full council.

01 August 2016 - 31 July 2019


Dr T Chetty - Chairperson


Dr AC Fleming - Veterinarian representing private practitioners

Dr CL Mnqeta - Veterinarian representing state veterinarians


Representatives representing the four Para-Veterinary Professions:

Sr T Lötter - Veterinary Nurse

Mr JJ Müller - Veterinary Technologist

Mr CJJ Bester - Laboratory Animal Technologist

Mr MW Kutu - Animal Health Technician


Representatives of the training institutions:

Prof D Holm - Faculty of Veterinary Science, UP representative

Dr C Boshoff - TUT representative

Dr J Oguttu – UNISA representative

Dr M Mwanza – NWU representative

Dr N Ndudane – TARDI representative


Any applications and/or submissions for the attention of the Education Committee should be submitted to Leonie Westcott, Director Education onThis 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. 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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   and to Lenora Erasmus, Education Co-ordinator on 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. ,  No late submissions will be considered.

Refer to Dates: Submissions & Applications for Education Committee  meeting dates.

The Education Committee investigates and monitors all aspects of the veterinary and para-veterinary undergraduate standards for registration, including examination standards and teaching facilities and reports regularly to the Council.

The SAVC Education Committee deals, inter alia, with the following:


  • All matters related to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) e.g. designation descriptors; loading of data on the National Learners’ Records Data Base (NLRD); representation on working groups e.g. Working Group on Unfair Exclusionary Practices by Professional Bodies; taking part in stakeholder surveys e.g. the use of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to award Professional Designations, etc.
  • The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) 
  • The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
  • The Council on Higher Education (CHE)
  • The Independent Professional Body Forum


Visitations to tertiary training institutions:

  • Follow-up and report on deficiencies identified as part of a previous visitation
  • Planning, including appointment of the team and co-ordination of a visitation
  • Visitation Guidelines           


  • Mutual agreements between the SAVC and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
    (AVBC), the SAVC and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • SAVC representation as observer at visitation / examination and attendance at conferences


Monitoring of all subjects in all programmes:

Animal Health:                     UNISA (National Diploma - Animal Health)

                                                North West University (NWU), The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
                                                and Technology (FAST) (Diploma and Degree - Animal Health)

Veterinary Science:              University of Pretoria (UP), The Faculty of Veterinary Science (BVSc)

Veterinary Nursing:              University of Pretoria (UP), The Faculty of Veterinary Science (DVN)

Veterinary Technology:        Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)


Monitoring guidelines and forms used for BVSc and DVN (UP); Animal Health (NWU and UNISA) and Veterinary Technology (TUT) are revised and updated.

Annual reporting from the Veterinary Faculty, including applications and admissions are reviewed.

General examination matters are regularly reviewed, e.g. examination documents; revision of the SAVC question data bank, etc. 

All examination applications for the Full Registration Examination should reach Lenora Erasmus on 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. by NO later than 1 April [annually]. For more information on the examinations, select the Professions menubar option on the home page of www.savc.org.za,  select the relevant profession and then find the examination information in the bar on the left hand side of the page. 

Appointment of an examination officer, moderators and examiners for the annual SAVC Full Registration Examination for veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal health technicians and veterinary technologists. Reviewing the examination process and results before submission to Council. Consideration of Competency Specific Registration (CSR) Examinations.

All training matters related to laboratory animal technologists, veterinary nurses, animal health technicians and veterinary technologists.

New para-veterinary professions, e.g. veterinary welfare assistants, veterinary physical rehabilitation, etc.




01 August 2016- 31 Jul 2019

Dr Glen Carlisle (Chairperson)

Dr AC Fleming (Councillor)
Mr MW Kutu (Councillor)
Dr BM Modisane-State Veterinary Services
Dr M Lawrence-Large Animal Practitioner
Dr M Verseput-Small Animal Practitioner

The Chairperson will co-opt members as and when expertise is required depending on the nature of complaints received.


The Committee screens complaints lodged with Council.  These complaints are evaluated with the replies received from the respondents against whom complaints were lodged. The committee, after scrutiny of complaints , inter alia recommends that a formal inquiry should be held, that there were no grounds for a complaint, that a decision could not be made on the information submitted and that further information should be obtained; or acts in terms of Rule 35 (5) of the rules.

The Chairpersons of all committees are members of Council

Members with relevant expertise are co-opted onto the committee as and when required.

Inquiries: Inquiry Body

Chairperson: Council member

The tribunals for Council inquiries are constituted of the Chairperson who is a member of Council and one other Council member or member who served previously and two private practitioners or members relevant to the case

Ad hoc prosecutors are currently appointed by Council in terms of Section 32 (2) of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act to act as the pro forma complainants at Council inquiries and leads the evidence on behalf of the Council at these inquiries.

Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa

Veterinary Council of Namibia

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)

Kenya Veterinary Board

Veterinary Council of Tanzania

Botswana Veterinary Association

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