Strategic Objectives



FEEDBACK as on 1/3/2009

1) The advantage of the inclusion of Animal Health Technicians (AHTs) as a Para-Veterinary profession would become visible as it would improve service delivery and contribute to the growth in South Africa ;

  • 934 AHTs are currently registered ,157 authorised and an examination is to take place in the Eastern Cape to bring authorised AHTs on board (estimated number of candidates 120)
  • Visitations to the two providers of the qualifications that afford automatic registration as an AHT will take place in 2010. Recent monitoring of specific subjects has already highlighted certain challenges such as outdated course material and the level and manner of assessment.

2) Minister Xingwana took note of Council’s continued professional development (CPD) strategies which supported the competitive advantage of South Africa as a member of the international community;

  • CPD is on track – more than 300 activities have been accredited since 1 April 2006
  • SAVC attends congresses to create awareness
  • Para-veterinary professions are developing CPD Guidelines – the Para-veterinary professions have indicated that they also want compulsory CPD. This will only be done once the guidelines have been approved.

3) The alarming emergence of animal diseases and transmission thereof attributed in part by globalisation and climate changes are impacting on policy considerations in Agriculture;

  • SAVC informs professions on matters relating to diseases and other information as requested by the Department of Agriculture via its Newsletter and website e.g recent Rift Valley Fever outbreak in KZN
  • World Animal Health Organisation (OIE )– has a Deans meeting to “Improve veterinary training for a safer world” in October 2009 and two Councillors will attend the meeting
  • Participation in the Pan African Veterinary Congress will facilitate in the sharing of knowledge/ information and collaboration.
  • SAVC will participate (observer status) in a joint visit to Murdoch University in September 2009 as part of an initiative between the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (observer status) to work towards uniform standards in evaluating training and uniform minimum standards of training to deal with the emergence and transmission of animal diseases in a globalised world.
  • OIE in process to establish a network of SADC Registrars and Deans of Veterinary schools and SAVC to participate and share knowledge including information and experience gained from the Murdoch visit.

4) Council had to address issues of animal welfare such as traditional slaughter and slaughter policies taking into account cultural, economical and political factors as well as ethics and public acceptability;

  • SAVC identified as part of its strategic planning the need to educate learners on animal welfare and information that can be used has been compiled by the Humane Education Trust
  • The SAVC acknowledges that animal welfare organisations play an important role particularly in areas where there are no veterinary services by both the State and private veterinarians
  • There are currently 210 Animal Welfare Assistants authorised by the SAVC
  • Drs Sonntag and Dr Modisane have been tasked to address the issue of Animal Welfare legislation
  • The SAVC has an annual meeting with Animal Welfare Organisations to discuss various issues related to animal welfare and one of the issues identified is that Animal Welfare legislation should be under DoA
  • The SAVC supports the decision of the OIE that Animal Welfare should be the responsibility of a Competent Veterinary Authority
  • SAVC policy not to allow tail docking of dogs for cosmetic reasons only was implemented in June 2008

5) Basic animal health care to rural communities had to be provided, if necessary without veterinary supervision.

  • Compulsory Community Veterinary services should assist
  • Primary Animal Health Care (PAHC): development of a model under leadership of the SAVC President
  • Project by Afrivet to train small scale stock farmers on basic animal health care and Memorandum of Understanding with Afrivet to evaluate the project and use the information to develop a PAHC model.
  • Exemptions from the minimum standards for facilities are granted for PAHC campaigns (Community Veterinary Clinics, Animal Welfare Organisations, State Veterinary Services)
  • Authorisation of Animal Welfare Assistants (AWAs)
  • AWA curriculum being developed
  • Authorisation of AHTs
  • Special registration examinations
  • Monitoring of courses to evaluate standards of training
  • SAVC to lobby for a Public Private Partnership to delegate State Veterinary duties to private veterinarians to make rural veterinary services more accessible to all.
  • SAVC identified as a strategic objective the regulation of related professions
  • Guidelines have been drafted for any prospective para-veterinary profession to follow if application is made to become registered with the SAVC
  • Meat inspectors have expressed interest to become registered with the SAVC

6) Persons far less qualified were employed in Africa to improve access to services and South Africa had no choice, but to act rapidly on disease surveillance, provide for nutritional security and improve its role in quality control and in early detection of diseases; black entrepreneurs in cities and rural areas had to be encouraged and supported by registered professionals;

  • Work group under leadership of President looking into Primary Animal Health Care and a model for services in far rural areas ( see Afrivet project above) - not finalised
  • Authorisation of persons with and without professional or other qualifications
  • Special registration examinations AHTs & Veterinary Technologists

7) The lack of professionals and instead of serving the country, South Africa was losing professionals to Europe and other countries in view of more lucrative positions elsewhere, which needed to be addressed;

  • Council Registration Examination - 28 candidates passed in 2007 (all subsequently registered with the SAVC) and 13 candidates passed in 2008 (11 subsequently registered with the SAVC)
  • Work is being done to streamline Council Registration Examination and the preparation of candidates: it is envisaged that more candidates will be able to sit the examination, and that with better preparation, the pass rate will improve - not finalised
  • In current economic climate persons negotiate better salaries in view of the shortage
  • Council concerned with the level of crime – veterinary profession recently affected by the death of Dr Paul Meyer after an attack on his family and death of Dr Duncan Prinsloo’s wife after an attack on his family wherein he was also seriously injured – negatively affecting private practices in rural areas
  • Reports are received that clients are emigrating as a result of the level of crime
  • The University of Pretoria jointly with Provincial Veterinary Directorates has recently visited maths and science students in various provinces to encourage black matriculants to apply

8) The Visitation team report and the efforts of the University of Pretoria to implement programmes for transformation and enrolment of black students were noted and the Faculty was encouraged to implement changes as proposed in the evaluation;

  • Faculty reported on progress and advised that two satellite campuses namely Mamelodi campus and Mnisi Traditional Authority are being developed
  • Applications and Admissions annual report to be submitted by the training provider to the SAVC has been amended to include the demographics of applicants and not only persons accepted into the programs
  • SAVC attended a career exhibition in Mamelodi and made a financial contribution towards the exhibition. The Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science was the only Dean at the Career exhibition
  • Every Councillor is responsible to communicate, create awareness and inform people on the profession.
  • Members of the professions address learners at schools and have been sensitised to take responsibility and mentor learners.
  • The Faculty has continued with its intensive recruitment campaign by also
    visiting schools in the rural areas, visits to several school career guidance opportunities, extensive publications etc.
  • SAVC attended ABSA Randfontein show to promote the professions

9) Policy on compulsory community service (CCS) was being considered. Minister Xingwana thanked the Councillors for participation in the community service workshops;

  • Council supports CCS (see above)
  • Profession has been informed in the Council Newsletter

10) African countries were not covered by the arrangement to recognise qualifications and although the African countries were not to be drained Council had to look, at least, at the delivery of enough veterinarians in state veterinary services as there was an urgency and great pressure to meet standards;

  • SAVC registration examination – in 2007 - 21 and in 2008 – 17 Zimbabwean vets sat the examination.
  • Botswana made registration with the SAVC a requirement for registration in Botswana
  • Namibia refers prospective examination candidates to sit the SAVC registration examination
  • Prof Swan has been tasked by the OIE to lead the development of an African approach that could be presented at the next OIE workshop

11) Minister Xingwana noted that Council had to deal with complaints, mainly from the public, and had to ensure that these complaints were dealt with in a fair manner without prejudice, and had to ensure that the needs of ordinary men and woman were represented;

  • Status quo confirmed
  • Various amendments to the Act have been forwarded to the Department of Agriculture to further refine the process e.g appeal committee, suspension, manner of investigation and inspections.

12) The Act had to be amended to address concerns on: increased animal production, spread of disease; increase in numbers of consumers; failing farm income; trade in animal products of South Africa influenced by the same factors and animal welfare, lack of black veterinarians;

  • Refer to the SAVC’s recent strategic plan with identified objectives and further consultation with professions
  • Regular inputs to and from Department of Agriculture
  • Animal Health Act to be amended to address concerns on spread of disease: Council recognises this severe challenge and lobbies for a streamlined Veterinary Service and nationalised Animal Health department.
  • Concerns raised in various provinces ( Limpopo, KZN and Freestate) regarding structure of veterinary services during recent road show by Council to provinces.



























































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