Competence specific Registration


South African Veterinary Council

Competence Specific (Restricted) Registration (CSR) for Veterinary Nurses.

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The main purpose of CSR is to facilitate veterinary nurses with specialised training, veterinary nurses with physical disabilities, foreign applicants and veterinary nurses whose registration has lapsed, to register as Veterinary Nurses in South Africa.

Consideration of CSR is necessary due to the shortage of Veterinary Nurses in South Africa .


Area of Competence: - The specific discipline, area or field of expertise in which an applicant who is performing the duties of a veterinary nurse, is competent.

Competence specific registration (CSR) : - The registration by the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) of veterinary nursing professionals with specific skills and competence, to work in their chosen area of competence, without having to complete all the aspects of the standard Council Examination. CSR provides for a career path within the scope of work of a particular employer.

CSR is applicable to persons that have successfully completed a para-veterinary degree/diploma or acceptable equivalent qualification or technical training in nursing, which is not recognised by the SAVC for automatic registration purposes, to veterinary nurses whose registration with the SAVC has lapsed for a period of time, and to veterinary nurses with physical disabilities.

Applications will be considered from suitable candidates according to the conditions and guidelines described in this document.

The Registration and Authorisation committee of the SAVC will consider each case on merit and the applicant needs to provide sufficient evidence of competence for approval by the SAVC. Where needed provisions of the Veterinary and Para -Veterinary Professions Act of 1982 may need to be changed.

CSR will be restricted to a specific employer;
The employer must provide adequate motivation for the need and evidence that no suitably qualified veterinary nurse registered by SAVC could be recruited for the particular position;

· There must be a well-defined and controlled scope of the veterinary nursing functions within the employing institution;

· The applicant must provide evidence of sustained excellence in his/her chosen area of competence. Competence specific registration will not be considered under conditions where the good standing of the para-veterinary profession could be harmed.
The level of evaluation should be comprehensive in relation to the para-veterinary professional’s area of competence.
Registration will be limited to the applicant’s area of competence. Any veterinary nursing procedure not covered in the scope of practice relevant to the competence specific registration may only be done by additional authorisation.

Persons with competence specific registration will be required to conform to the compulsory CPD requirements of the SAVC when fully instituted for the para-veterinary professions.

Physical disabilities: CSR may be granted to applicants who have become disabled:
Para-Veterinary professionals previously registered with the SAVC who have become disabled, or foreign para-veterinary professional candidates with disabilities, from countries who qualify for registration with the SAVC, can apply for exemption of the SAVC examination for competence specific registration.


The application for CSR shall include:
An authentic certificate of the applicant’s para-veterinary or equivalent qualification: the applicant needs to provide sufficient evidence of competence for approval by the SAVC;
Letter of good standing from the previous registration authority and/or a character reference from the previous employer;
Well defined description of the area of competence and scope of work;
Motivation by the employer that the qualifications and experience are acceptable for the intended scope of practice;
Evidence that no suitably qualified veterinary nurse registered by SAVC could be recruited;
Description of additional training to be undertaken to meet local requirements, if required or any additional restrictions that will apply;
Application to sit the SAVC examination or permission to waiver the examination. Unless the need for examination has been waived all applicants will need to sit the examination.
The examination will need to cover extensively the area(s) of competence or expertise relevant to the intended scope of practice of the applicant. A request with appropriate motivation is required for all subjects and/ or material that should be excluded from the examination.

Physical disabilities : Application shall include additionally
Evidence of a permanent medical disability;
Previous track record;
Well-defined description of the intended scope of practice, specifically the range of work that the applicant will be able to do;
Motivation why the permanent medical disability would prevent the practical performance of certain procedures and /or make the examination of certain subjects superfluous.
Candidate/s must provide evidence to the SAVC that an adequate monitoring system can be provided to ensure compliance with the provisions relevant to the imposed restrictions on registration and that the standard of care of patients will not be compromised.
Unless the need for an examination has been waived, all applicants will need to successfully complete a restricted SAVC examination in which certain subjects or procedures may be excluded - as approved by the SAVC - to qualify for CSR:
Where examination is needed, the standard SAVC examination conditions and procedures will apply except for the waiver of certain subjects and procedures;
Standard examination fees will also apply, even if some subjects are omitted;
If there is sufficient motivation that the qualifications are acceptable for the intended field of activity/scope of practice or work, general examination will be not required and CSR as a veterinary nurse will be granted, with only an evaluation of Veterinary and Para-veterinary Jurisprudence required for foreign applicants and for local applicants where this has not been covered in their formal training.
No applicant will be exempted from Veterinary and Para-veterinary Jurisprudence: an examination that includes the legislation relevant to the veterinary and para-veterinary professions shall always be a requirement for CSR. Where only Veterinary Jurisprudence is evaluated, the SAVC may consider a reduced examination fee.

Competence specific registration so granted will be

· Permanent, subject to compliance with the conditions of the registration;

· Subject to payment of standard registration fee and annual maintenance fees to the SAVC;

· Subject to CPD requirements of the veterinary nurse profession;

· Recorded as being restricted to the indicated scope of work and functions, according to the specified area of competence, and with a specific employer;

· In case of physical disability the registration will be recorded as being restricted to a specified scope of work due to the specified disability.

When new employment is sought:

· An application needs to be resubmitted as before;

· SAVC’s register will be adjusted accordingly if approved by council.

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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