Regulations


PART II: REGISTRATION OF PERSONS

 


19.Qualifications for registration as veterinarian

19.1 The degrees, diplomas and certificates specified in column 1 of Table 2, which are granted after examination by the universities or other educational institutions indicated in column 2 of the said Table opposite thereto, shall entitle the holders thereof to registration in terms of the Act to practise the veterinary profession of veterinarian.

Requirements for registration as veterinarian: Veterinary Degree

19A. Requirements for registration

(1) Any applicant that applies for registration as a veterinarian shall -

(a) submit a certificate of competence in mathematics and physical science issued for school leaving purposes by a competent secondary level schooling authority of South Africa; or

(b) submit a certificate of equivalent status as approved by the Veterinary Council.

(2) The veterinary degree referred to in regulation 19 which entitles a candidate to register as a veterinarian shall -

(a) comprise of the completion of at least five academic years of study as a registered veterinary student; and

(b) be constituted of the subject courses specified in Table 6.

(3) A student shall spend a minimum period of six weeks under the supervision of a registered veterinarian at an institution or veterinary practice.

(4) Upon completion of a veterinary degree a registered veterinary student may, if the examining authority is satisfied that the provisions of the Act and these regulations have been successfully complied with, be registered as a veterinarian in terms of the Act.

19B. Curriculum requirements

(1) The curriculum of any university that offers a course of study for qualification as a veterinarian in terms of regulation 19 shall comprise of the subject courses specified in Table 6.

(2) Allocation, grouping and nomenclature of subjects or parts thereof shall be determined by the university: Provided that correlation of subject matter shall be done throughout the curriculum and that training is given in each field.

19C. Examinations

(1) The examinations for the degree shall include examination in all the subject courses specified in Table 6.

(2) Examiners shall take into account the documented records of work done by a candidate in a subject during the course of a year.

(3) At least two examiners, one of whom was not involved in the teaching of the subject to the candidate, shall participate in the evaluation of each subject.

(4) A candidate shall pass an examination in a subject if at least 50 percent, or the equivalent of 50 percent in the marking system employed by a university, of the maximum marks obtainable in the examination for that subject is obtained.

20. Qualifications for registration as veterinary specialist

The degrees, diplomas and certificates specified in column 1 of Table 3, which are granted after examination by the universities or other educational institutions indicated in column 2 of the said Table opposite thereto, shall entitle the holders thereof to registration in terms of the Act to practise the veterinary profession of veterinary specialist with the speciality indicated in column 3 of the said Table opposite thereto.

21.Qualifications for registration to practise para-veterinary professions

The degrees, diplomas and certificates specified in column 1 of Table 4, which are granted after examination by the universities or other educational institutions indicated in column 2 of the said Table opposite thereto, shall entitle the holders thereof to registration in terms of the Act to practise the para-veterinary profession indicated in column 3 of the said Table opposite thereto.

21A. Requirements for registration to practise a para-veterinary profession: Veterinary Nursing Diploma

(1) Any applicant that applies for registration as a veterinary nurse shall

(a) submit a certificate of competence in mathematics and physical science or biology issued for school leaving purposes by a competent secondary level schooling authority of South Africa; or

(b) submit a certificate of equivalent status as approved by the Veterinary Council.

(2) The veterinary diploma referred to in regulation 21 which entitles a candidate to register as a veterinary nurse shall -

(a) comprise of the completion of at least two academic years of study as a registered veterinary nursing student; and

(b) be constituted of the subject courses specified in Table 7.

(3) A student shall work a minimum period of 14 days in a private veterinary hospital or a veterinary clinic under supervision of a registered veterinarian.

(4) Upon completion of a veterinary nursing diploma a registered veterinary nursing student may, if the examining authority is satisfied that the provisions of the Act and these regulations have been successfully complied with, be registered as a veterinary nurse in terms of the Act.

21B. Curriculum requirements

The curriculum of any university that offers a course for study for qualification as a veterinary nurse in terms of regulation 21 shall comprise of the subject courses specified in Table 7.

21C. Examination

(1) The examination for the diploma shall include examination in the subject courses specified in Table 7.

(2) If the examination consists of a practical and a theoretical part, a minimum mark of 40 percent shall be obtained in each part.

(3) At least two examiners, one of whom was not involved in the teaching of the subject to the candidate, shall participate in the evaluation of each subject.

(4) A candidate shall pass an examination in a subject if at least 50 percent of the maximum marks obtainable in the examination for that subject, is obtained.

21.D Requirements for registration to practise the para-veterinary profession of animal health technician.

(1) Any applicant who applies for registration as an animal health technician must submit the following :

(a) A certificate of competence in mathematics and physical science or biology issued for school leaving purposes by a competent secondary level schooling authority of South Africa; or

(b) A certificate of equivalent status as approved by the Veterinary Council within the National Qualifications Framework.

(2) The diploma or degree referred to in regulation 21 which entitles a candidate to registration as an animal health technician must -

(a) comprise the completion of at least three academic years of study as a registered animal health technician student; and

(b) be constituted of the subject courses specified in Table 8.

(3) Upon completion of a prescribed diploma or degree a registered animal health technician student may, if the registering authority is satisfied that the provisions of the Act and these regulations have been successfully complied with, be registered as an animal health technician in terms of the Act.

21.E Curriculum requirements for the para-veterinary profession of animal health technician.

(1) The curriculum of any tertiary institution that offers a course of study for qualification as an animal health technician must comprise the subject courses specified in Table 8.

(2) The curriculum must impart a sound knowledge of farm animals and production systems to identify problems related to the breeding, feeding, management and economics of livestock production.

21.F Examination for the para-veterinary profession of animal health technician.

(1) The examination for the diploma must include examination in the subject courses specified in Table 8.

(2) If the examination consists of a practical and a theoretical part, a minimum mark of 40 percent must be obtained in each part.

(3) At least two examiners, one of whom was not involved in the teaching of the subject to the candidate, must participate in the assessment of each student.

(4) A candidate must pass an examination in a subject if at least 50 per cent of the maximum marks obtainable in the examination for that subject, is obtained

21 G. Requirements for registration to practise the para-veterinary profession of Veterinary Technology

(1) Any applicant that applies for registration, as a veterinary technologist must submit a certificate of competence in mathematics and physical science or biology issued for school leaving purposes by a competent secondary level schooling authority of South Africa.

(2) The veterinary Diploma referred to in regulation 19 which entitles a candidate to register as a Veterinary Technologist shall -

(a) Comprise of the completion of at least three academic years of study, including all practical components, as a registered veterinary technology student;

(b) be constituted of the exit level outcomes specified in the Table 9 A

(c) be constituted of the subject courses specified in Table 9 B

(3) Upon completion of the Veterinary Technology diploma a registered veterinary technology student may, if the examining authority is satisfied that the provision of the Act and these regulations have been successfully complied with, be registered as a veterinary technologist who works under the supervision of a registered senior technologist or registered veterinarian.

(4) Upon completion of the B Tech degree in Veterinary Laboratory Technology, a registered student may, if the examining authority is satisfied that the provisions of the Act and these regulations have been successfully complied with, be registered as a veterinary technologist who performs his/her duties without supervision unless in exceptional circumstances, inter alia the use of scheduled substances.

Section 21 H. Curriculum requirements

(1) The curriculum of any tertiary institution that offers a course for study for qualification as a Veterinary Technologist in terms of regulation 21 shall comprise of the exit level outcomes specified in Table 9 A and the subject courses specified in Table 9 B.

Section 21 I. Examination

(1) The examination for diploma shall be based on the assessment criteria specified in Table 9 A and includes examination in the subject courses specified in Table 9 B

(2) If the examination consists of a practical and a theoretical part, a minimum mark of 40 percent shall be obtained in each part.

(3) A candidate shall pass an examination in a subject if at least 50 percent of the maximum marks obtainable in the examination for that subject, is obtained.

22. Registration of students


22.1 Subject to the provisions of regulation 22.3 every person who is enrolled at a university or other educational institution in the Republic as a student for a degree, diploma or certificate referred to in regulation 19, 20 or 21, shall make his application for registration in terms of the Act on a form which is obtainable from the registrar for this purpose.

22.2 Such application shall –

22.2.1 in the case of a person who is already thus enrolled as a student for a degree, diploma or certificate referred to in regulation 19 or 20 on the date of commencement of the Act, be lodged with the registrar within 90 days of such date of commencement;

22.2.2 in the case of a student who, on the date of publication of a notice in terms of section 21 of the Act, is already enrolled for a degree, diploma or certificate referred to in regulation 21, be lodged with the registrar within 90 days of the date of such publication;

22.2.3 otherwise be lodged with the registrar before 1 June of the year in which the person concerned is thus enrolled for the first time as a student; and

22.2.4 be accompanied by –

22.2.4.1 a certified copy of a certificate of birth or similar evidence of the age and correct names of the student concerned;

22.2.4.2 a certified copy of the matriculation certificate or certificate of exemption which has been issued to the student concerned in terms of section 15 of the Universities Act, 1955 (Act 61 of 1955), by the Joint Matriculation Board referred to in that Act;

22.2.4.3 documentary evidence by a university of other educational institution referred to in regulation 19, 20 or 21 to confirm the enrolment of the student concerned there for a degree, diploma or certificate referred to in that regulation; and

22.2.4.4 the application fee specified in paragraph 1 of Table 1.

22.3 The provisions of this regulation shall not apply to a student who is already registered or deemed to be registered in terms of the Act to practise a veterinary profession or a para-veterinary profession.

23. Registration to practise a profession

23.1 A person intending to practise for gain, directly or indirectly, in any way whatsoever, the profession of veterinarian or veterinary specialist, or a para-veterinary profession referred to in regulation 21, shall make his application for registration in terms of the Act on a form which is obtainable from the registrar for this purpose.
23.2 Such application shall –

23.2.1 be lodged with the registrar; and

23.2.2 be accompanied by –

23.2.2.1 a certified copy of the degree certificate or diploma or other certificate which entitles the applicant concerned to registration in terms of the Act, or which might be accepted in terms of section 20(5) of the Act for the purpose of such registration of the holder thereof; and

23.2.2.2 the applicable application fee specified in paragraph 2 of Table 1.


24.Maintenance of registration


24.1 The maintenance fee specified in paragraph 3 of Table 1 shall annually be payable to the council by a person who is registered in terms of the Act as a student.

24.2 The maintenance fee specified in paragraph 4(a) of Table 1 shall annually be payable to the council by a person who is registered or deemed to be registered in terms of the Act to practise the profession of veterinarian or veterinary specialist.

24.3 The maintenance fee specified in paragraph 4(b) of Table 1 shall annually be payable to the council by a person who is registered or deemed to be registered in terms of the Act to practise a para-veterinary profession referred to in regulation 21.

24.4 The first annual payment of the maintenance fee referred to in regulation 24.1, 24.2 and 24.3 shall –


24.4.1 in the case of a person who is registered in terms of the Act, be made before or on 1 April of the year following the year in which an applicable certificate of registration has been issued to him; and

24.4.2 in the case of a person who is deemed to be registered in terms of the Act to practise the veterinary profession of veterinarian or the para-veterinary profession of veterinary nurse, be made before or on 1 April first following the date of commencement of the Act.

24.5 Subsequent payment of such maintenance fee shall thereafter be made annually before or on 1 April.

24.6 The maintenance fee referred to in regulation 24.1 shall be payable by a person who is registered in terms of the Act as a student for the duration of his enrolment at a university or other educational institution as a student for a degree, diploma or certificate referred to in regulation 19, 20 or 21.


25. Alteration of registration


25.1 An application for the alteration in terms of section 27 of the Act, of the registration of a person who is registered or deemed to be registered in terms of the Act to practise a particular veterinary profession or a para-veterinary profession, or of the speciality of veterinary specialist who is thus registered with a particular speciality, shall be made on a form which is obtainable from the registrar for this purpose.

25.2 Such application shall -

25.2.1 be lodged with the registrar;

25.2.2 if it arises from the acquisition of a further degree, diploma or certificate, be accompanied by a certified copy of such degree certificate or diploma or other certificate;

25.2.3 be accompanied by the certificate of registration which has previously been issued to the person concerned in terms of the Act or, if applicable, the Veterinary Act, 1933 (Act 16 of 1933); and

25.2.4 subject to the provisions of section 27(2)(b) of the Act, be accompanied by the application fee specified in paragraph 5 of Table 1.

26.Entries in registers


26.1 The particulars which are to be entered in terms of section 18 of the Act in a register referred to in that section shall –

26.1.1 in the case of the register kept in respect of veterinarians, be as specified in paragraph 1 of Table 5;

26.1.2 in the case of the register kept in respect of veterinary specialists, be as specified in paragraph 2 of Table 5; and

26.1.3 in the case of the register kept in respect of persons who practise a para-veterinary profession, be as specified in paragraph 3 of Table 5.

26.2 If any change occurs in respect of particulars referred to in subregulation 26.1 which have been entered in a register, the person in respect of whom the change concerned has occurred, shall forthwith notify the registrar thereof in writing in order to enable him to enter that change in the register concerned.

26.3 Notwithstanding the provisions of regulation 26.1 and 26.2 particulars of a degree, diploma or certificate which has not been prescribed or accepted in terms of section 20 of the Act shall be entered in such register only if –

26.3.1 it has been granted to the holder thereof by a university or other educational institution after examination;

26.3.2 the holder thereof has applied in writing to the council for the particulars concerned to be entered in the applicable register; and

26.3.3 such application is accompanied by –

26.3.3.1 a certified copy of the degree certificate or diploma concerned; and

26.3.3.2 the application fee specified in paragraph 6 of Table 1.

26.4 The provisions of regulation 26.3 shall not apply in respect of a degree, diploma or certificate of which such particulars have prior to the commencement of the Act been recorded opposite the name of the holder thereof in a register which has been kept in terms of section 7(2) of the Veterinary Act, 1933 (Act 16 of 1933).


27.Allocation of designations


27.1 The designations "veterinarian", "veterinary surgeon", "animal surgeon", "animal practitioner" and "veterinary assistant" are hereby reserved for allocation to persons who are registered or deemed to be registered in terms of the Act to practise the veterinary profession of veterinarian.

27.2 The designations specified in column 4 of table 3 are hereby reserved for allocation to persons who are registered in terms of the Act to practise the veterinary profession of veterinary specialist with the speciality indicated in column 3 of the said table opposite thereto.

27.3 The designation specified in column 4 of Table 4 are hereby reserved for allocation to persons who are registered or deemed to be registered in terms of the Act to practise the para-veterinary profession indicated in column 3 of the said table opposite thereto.

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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