VETERINARY HERITAGE

 

In 2003 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a worldwide action to value and safeguard the unique intangible cultural heritage of all nations across the world.

The intention would include to foster the feeling of belonging and cohesion in uncertain times: Intangible cultural heritage is described as the transmission of accumulated knowledge over time -  a source of experience that lies at the heart of our identity and carries answers to many of the world’s issues like food security, social cohesion, and health. The youth must know about our heritage, but also take ownership to protect it.”

Following on that was the OIE initiative to preserve and celebrate the tangible and intangible, scientific and cultural heritage of the veterinary profession and that which was unique to the profession in each country.

SAVC appreciated the preservation of heritage as a vehicle to unify the veterinary and para-veterinary professions on all levels: to change the perception of division into a recognition that we are closer than what we often think. Although veterinary science as such is a recent development in SA, our communal history is rich with the legacy of animal husbandry: the Koi, the Bantu and a large part of the white settlers, were stockmen; and where there is stock, there are traditions of management and stockmanship, of animal traction, and of herbal and common sense ways used to prevent or treat illnesses.

The Heritage Committee of Council was formed to celebrate this and has representation from the SAVC, the Para-Veterinary Professions, the South African Veterinary Association, the Black Veterinary Forum and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Any input will be welcomed: Please send to Ronel Mayhew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 Members of the current Heritage Committee are:  
Dr AP de Vos (Chairperson, SAVC)

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Mr W Kutu (Para-Veterinary professions) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr A Snijders (SAVA) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr PB Mutowembwa (BVF) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr C Mnqeta (DAFF) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS TO DOCUMENTS

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Intangible Cultural Heritage
 
OIE Invitation to join the International Bourgelat Committee and guiding principles

What is Heritage? Heritage, Tourism and Emotion - by Carlos Fortuna, University of Coimbra, Portugal – Single comments to consider

NL 86: Article on Nenta

NL 87: Article on Indigenous Knowledge (IK)

Macro inventory of resources on veterinary history in South Africa

Heritage Newsletter June 2009 When one vet served the whole Cape  

 


Nominations for Veterinary professional of the year 2016


Nominations for Veterinary professional of the year 2017


Veterinary History museum 


Phrase Book: English/Xhosa/Afrikaans

Phrase Book: English/Xhosa/Sesotho

Phrase book: English/Xhosa/Afrikaans/Isizulu

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

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