Registration Prescribed Qualification

Registration After a Period of Three Years Lapsed from Obtaining the Prescribed Qualification.

24. Requirements for registration. –(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (1A), a person may be registered in terms of this Act to practise a veterinary profession or a para-veterinary profession if-

(a)    in the case of a natural person, that person is the holder of an appropriate degree, diploma or certificate prescribed or accepted under section 20; or

(b)    in the case of a juristic person, that person is a corporation or a private company

(1A) (a) If a period of more than three years has elapsed-

(i) from the date on which the degree, diploma or certificate, contemplated in subsection(1) was granted to a person, up to the date on which such person applies for registration in terms of section 25 for the first time; or

(ii) from the date on which the registration of a person is terminated in terms of section 28(1), up to the date on which such person applied for the reinstatement of his or her registration in terms of section 28 (5),

the council may determine that such person shall be registered as contemplated in subsection(1) only if he or she  has passed an examination determined by the council.

(b) An examination referred to in paragraph (a) shall be conducted only after payment of such amount as may be determined by the council.

(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act, a person who is not a holder of a degree, diploma or certificate prescribed under section 20, may be registered to practise any para-veterinary profession if-

(a)    the person concerned submits his or her application for such registration to the registrar in the prescribed manner within six months from the date on which a notice relating to the para-veterinary profession concerned was published under section 21;

(b)    such application is accompanied by documentary proof which satisfies the council that the person concerned practised the para-veterinary profession concerned for a continuous period of at least five years prior to the date of publication of the notice concerned, and is wholly or mainly dependent on the practise thereof for his or her livelihood; and

(c)    the person concerned has passed an examination determined by the council.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) a person shall not be registered in terms of this Act if-

(a)    he or she has at any time been removed from an office of trust on account of improper conduct;

(b)    he or she has at any time been convicted of extortion, bribery, any offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1958 (Act No 6 of 1958), Part 1 to 4, or section 17, 20 or 21 (in so far as it relates to the aforementioned offences) of Chapter 2 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004, theft, fraud, forgery or uttering of a forged document or perjury, and was sentenced in respect thereof to imprisonment without the option of a fine;

(c)    he or she is a patient or a President’s patient as defined in section 1 of the Mental Health Act, 1973 (Act No. 18 of 1973); or

(d)    his or her registration has been withdrawn under section 33 (1) (d), unless the council directs otherwise in a particular case.

Council will however consider a motivation stating the reasons why you should not be required to sit an examination.

To assist you in submitting such a motivation, information can be submitted as follows:

  • Reasons why you did not register with Council upon qualification;
  • How you kept abreast of your profession during the period from the date on which the (degree or  diploma) was granted to date i.e. attendance of  Continuing Veterinary Education Courses, articles, journals etc.;
  • What were your employment position during the period mentioned;
  • What experience /expertise was gained;
  • A letter of good standing from the board where you were last registered( if applicable); and
  • Documented proof of all of the above is required and can be submitted in the form of references from employers, colleagues, institutions and associations.


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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