Competence specific Registration

South African Veterinary Council

Competence Specific Registration (CSR) for Veterinary Technology

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The main purpose of CSR is to facilitate professionals, other than registered veterinary technologists, to be registered with the South African Veterinary Council to work in a specific area of veterinary technology in South Africa and limited to the scope of work of a particular employer. This will be applicable to specifically trained animal scientists, medical technologists or other professionals with specific experience, skills and competence, including persons with physical disabilities: and foreign applicants with specific expertise.

The veterinary technology profession has evolved into a complex group of activities in various disciplines e.g. Biochemistry, Haematology, Parasitology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Virology, Cytology, Endocrinology, Histopathology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Protozoology, Vaccinology, Entomology, and Helminthology to name but a few. Graduates in natural sciences (BSc through PhD) specialize in many of these disciplines without the broad veterinary technology training.

Consideration of competence specific registration is necessary due to the shortages of veterinary technologists in South Africa and the difficulties experienced to recruit veterinary technologists locally in some areas of specific expertise or competence.


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

Competence specific registration (CSR): - The registration by the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) of para-veterinary 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 registration examination. CSR provides for a career path within the scope of work of a particular employer.

Competence specific registration is applicable only to persons who have successfully completed an accepted scientific or equivalent degree or qualification, which is not recognised by the SAVC for purpose of automatic registration as veterinary technologist. Applications will be considered from suitable candidates according to the conditions and guidelines described in this document.

Where needed provisions of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, 1982 may need to be changed
Provisional categories

The SAVC has provisionally accepted CSR for candidates within research and laboratory diagnostic services, academia, as well as for candidates with physical disabilities that make sitting the standard full Council registration examination impractical.
CSR will be restricted to a specific employer.
The employer must provide adequate motivation for the need and evidence that no suitably qualified veterinary technologist registered with the SAVC could be recruited for the particular position.

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

The employer must subscribe to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and or subscribe to the relevant laboratory codes.
· The applicant must provide evidence of sustained excellence in his/her chosen area of competence. CSR 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 technology procedure not covered in the scope of practice relevant to the CSR may only be performed by additional authorisation.

Persons with CSR 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 from passing the SAVC examination in the field of competence.

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.

Application for Competence specific registration shall include:

An authentic certificate of the applicant’s para-veterinary or equivalent qualification(s);
Letter of good standing from the previous registration authority and/or a character reference from the previous employer;
Well-defined description of the applicant’s area of competence;
Detailed job description and motivation by the employer;
Confirmation by the employer that the specific qualifications and experience of the applicant are acceptable for the intended scope of practice/ employment, including a description of all veterinary laboratory work that may be expected from the applicant and/or field of research that the applicant will be involved with, with specific reference to areas which fall within the scope of a veterinary technologist’s work or procedures;
Evidence that no suitably qualified veterinary technologist registered with the SAVC could be recruited;
Where appropriate a waiver for the need of an examination may be requested;
Description of additional training to be undertaken to provide for local requirements, if required or any additional restrictions that will apply;
Where applicable, an application to sit a SAVC examination shall be made. This will need to cover extensively the area(s) of competence or expertise relevant to the intended scope of practice or specialist area applicable to the applicant. A request with appropriate motivation is required for all subjects and/ or material that should be excluded from the examination;
Where teaching students in an academic institution is part of the job description, the relevant academic qualifications and the modules to be taught will be submitted.

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.
Unless the need for an examination has been waived, all the following 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:

· Any candidate with an accepted scientific or equivalent degree or qualification, which is not recognised by the SAVC for purposes of registration as veterinary technologist;

· Foreign para-veterinary (veterinary technologists) graduates whose undergraduate qualifications do not currently entitle them to automatic registration as a veterinary technologist;

· Foreign veterinary postgraduates whose qualifications do not currently entitle them to automatic registration as a veterinary technologist ( para-veterinarian);
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 both or either of the undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications is acceptable for the intended field of activity/scope of practice or work, general examination will be not required and competence specific registration as a veterinary technologist 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 Jurisprudence: an examination that includes the legislation relevant to the veterinary and para-veterinary professions shall always be a requirement for competence specific registration. 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 technologist 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;

· Certificates may be issued with conditions of the CSR;

· 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.


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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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