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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF THE SAVC IDENTIFIED ON 11 MARCH 2008 AND FINALISED ON 30 MAY 2008

THEME: FOOD SAFETY/ SECURITY AND ANIMAL WELL BEING

Acronyms

Strategic objective Strategy (how) Responsibility (who)

Time frame (when)

TO BE FINALISED

Effective internal communication on the role and activities of Council to the professions

1. Personal interaction at congresses/ meetings/ road shows – share information and listen to input.

2. Power point presentations.

3. Maintain and improve website and develop interactive hyperlink inputs for questionnaires.

4. Maintain and improve Newsletter with inclusion of reports on Council meetings, photographs and inserts on personal information on Councillors and Administration

5. E-mails and short messaging service to professions.

Councillors and

Administration

1 -4 Ongoing

SAVA Congress 7/2008

SAVA Federal congress 19/4/2008
Effective external communication and promotion of the professions to the public

1. Co-ordination of activities by identified role-players and pooling of funds.

2. Create awareness of professions and educate consumers including farmers on the role of the professions in food safety/security and animal well being.

3. Promote story tellers and present human side.

4. Create links to credible associations on the SAVC website.

5. Track what has been done to date and obtain accurate data.

6. Assist with circulation of available material.

7. Visit schools.

Administration/ Subcommittee and

SAVC to facilitate and co-ordinate with other role players such as:

· SAVA ,

· Faculties,

· DAFF,

· SAAHA,

· Black Veterinary Forum &

· Para-Veterinary Associations

· MCC/MRA and pharmaceutical companies

· Organised Agriculture

· Animal Welfare Organisations

· SACNASP

Ongoing
Regulate related professions and ensure appropriate representation on Council

1. Feasibility study to:

· obtain data to identify groups/ who are involved and number of professions

· summarise animal health structure;

· ascertain advantages and disadvantages

· consider whether each profession should have its own board and autonomy;

2. Public representation to include organised community and consumer representation

3. Involve other professions and consider their registration with Council

Resolved to hold further discussion over to the next Council meeting.

Service provider
Ensure accessibility of veterinary and para-veterinary services to all

1. As the needs change every 5/6 years - mapping of;

· Demand and the supply of available services and the lack of services;

· Number of animals and statistical analysis.

2. Support and promote the increase in numbers of qualified professionals when required

3. Promote and support Compulsory Community Veterinary Service (CCS);

4. Promote and communicate public/ private partnerships;

5. Implement Competence Specific Registration (CSR) for veterinarians with foreign qualifications;

6. Support curriculum development for AWAs

SAVC to interact with other role players, in particular DAFF & Provinces

Critical (KPMG study)

Ongoing

6. By 2012
Protect the professions

1. Continuously follow up with the DAFF the challenges faced by state veterinarians at operational level.

2. Improve communication channels with DAFF

3. Revisit Act 36 of 1947 on the regulation of the sale and distribution of medicines.

4. Follow up on investigation of transgressions by laypersons

5. Ensure that unregistered persons are not employed (AHTs);

Administration

SAVC to liaise with other role-players such as

· SAVA ,

· LHPG,

· DAFF

Subcommittee on medicines
Ongoing
Set and monitor standards of training for undergraduates and post graduates ensuring alignment with international standards including continuous professional development (CPD)

1. Setting of internationally aligned standards.

2. Quality assurance programmes through the monitoring of subjects, examinations, visitation of training providers and inspections of facilities.

3. Guidelines drafted for supervision and practice without supervision.

4. Monitoring of CPD and expansion of CPD to para-veterinary professions.

Council and Education Committee

Education Committee in liaison with

Para-Veterinary Professional Associations
Ongoing
Ensure animal care (health and welfare) when rendering veterinary services

1. Maintaining Animal Welfare Portfolio on Council.

2. Improvement of the Code of Conduct and Practice

3. Reporting of lay persons to the SPCA and NSPCA and endorsing the Animals Protection Act.

4. Liaison with the DAFF and stakeholders and ensuring proper regulation of medicines and medical devices

5. Development and inclusion of animal welfare science in curricula of training institutions.

6. Promote and encourage animal care (health and welfare) for all animals.

Council

Councillor tasked with update of Code of Conduct and Practice

Councillor tasked with Animal Welfare

Administration

Ongoing
Protect the public and deal with complaints against members of the professions effectively and fairly

1. Effective information and communication by the Administration that is also available on the website.

2. Exchange of information between complainant and respondent.

3. Fair screening process by Investigation Committee and recourse to have decision reviewed by Council.

4. Fair investigation process by Inquiry Body and recourse to have decision reviewed by Council.

5. Publication of cases for educational purposes in the Newsletter and CPD inserts

Administration

Investigation Committee

Inquiry Bodies and

Council
Ongoing
Improve and maintain effective service delivery by Council

1. Improve and maintain data base

2. Staff retention strategy and succession plans to be put in place;

3. Staff development

4. Deadlines and administrative arrangements to be adhered to by Councillors

Administration

Council
Ongoing
Promote food security & safety

1. Regulation of meat inspectors.

2. Regulation of medicine distribution in terms of Act 101 of 1965 and Act 36 of 1947.

3. Education on waste disposal.

4. Liaison environmental health inspectors.

5. Promote collaboration with stakeholders regarding safety.
Council Ongoing

ACRONYMS
BVF-Black Veterinary Forum
CPD- Continued Professional Development
DAFF-Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
LHPG- Livestock Health and Production Group of the SAVA
MCC- Medicines Control Council
MRA-Medicines Regulatory Authority
NSPCA-National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals
SAAHA- South African Association of Animal Health Technicians
SACNASP- The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
SAVA- South African Veterinary Association
SAVC- South African Veterinary Council

SPCA- Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals

SAVC Login

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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