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GUIDELINES TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION OF LABORATORY ANIMAL TECHNOLOGIST IN TERMS OF SECTION 23(1)(c)

A. GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION

PLEASE NOTE: Authorisation shall only be granted until the relevant courses are available and in place, viz.
1.A relevant Diploma in Laboratory Animal Technology/Veterinary Technology for persons practising the profession of Laboratory Animal Technology

2.Short courses etc.

Thereafter no person shall be allowed to perform the tasks deemed to be that of the profession of Laboratory Animal Technologist, that is without the prescribed qualification. Until such time authorisation will be granted according to the following terms:

Authorisation in terms of SECTION 23(1)(c) of the Act will be considered for temporary or full-time employment for individuals employed by academic institutions/research, institutions/industrial, institutions/service, organisations or private employers upon receipt of the following from the relevant employer:

a.An application form and motivation together with full personal and academic details of the applicant;

b.Details of the employer; the person under whose auspices the applicant will work; the functions, procedures and tasks to be performed by the applicant. In the case of an academic institution details of the relevant subject and/or discipline must be provided by the employer

c.Details of the qualifications, competency, capabilities, training and stature of the applicant. In the case of an academic, research or industrial institution a curriculum vitae is to accompany the application;

d.Details of the merit, need and/or importance to employ the applicant must also be included in the motivation;

e.No person should commence any activity or employment referred to above prior to approval of an application which should reach the office of the South African Veterinary Council at least 14 days before Council meetings, which are normally held towards the end of every second month, commencing in January;

f.The course of conduct of a Laboratory Animal Technologist will become applicable to applicants authorised in terms of SECTION 23(1)(c); and

g.Payment of authorisation fee will only be due after approval of an application.

B. GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISATION OF APPLICANTS WITH APPROPRIATE TRAINING

Again this should fall away as soon as courses are available.

Appropriate training is defined as a person having at least two to three years experience working with research animals, having supervised animal related projects as well as having the capabilities to carry out specific procedures relating to laboratory/research animals and have a veterinary and/or medical background.

a.Authorisation will be restricted to those activities related to teaching, research, industrial activities and/or diagnostic procedures which would normally involve the practising of the profession of Laboratory Animal Technology as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the relevant institution;

b.Authorisation will only be considered for persons working under the employed supervision of either a fully registered veterinarian in terms of the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Act, or under a fully registered medical/dental practitioner;

c.Authorisation will be limited to procedures specified in the application in accordance with the scope of the general and specific services pertaining to laboratory animal technologists in terms of the Act;

d.Authorisation will be restricted to those procedures in which competency is supported by testimonials from persons authorised by the South African Veterinary Council;

e.Authorisation will be for a specific period of time not exceeding two years unless the individual accepts a permanent appointment in which case renewal of authorisation should be applied for before expiry of the first two year period and before expiry of each and every five year period thereafter; and

f.Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in permanent employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.

c.GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISATION OF APPLICANTS WITHOUT APPROPRIATE TRAINING

Again this should fall away as soon as courses are available.

a.Authorisation will be restricted to activities related to teaching and for research which would normally involve the practising of the profession of Laboratory Animal Technology as defined in the Act and performed whilst registered at an academic institution or in the employ of a research or industrial institution;

b.Authorisation will be granted provisionally subject to the applicant acquiring appropriate training and competency in the procedure (s) for which application is being made and on receipt of a satisfactory report submitted by the academic institution or employer and person under whose supervision the candidate performs the procedure (s);

c.Authorisation will only be considered for persons performing the procedure (s) under the supervision of either a fully registered veterinarian or laboratory animal technologist registered in terms of the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Act or under a fully registered Medical/Dental practitioner with a background in laboratory animal science;

d.Authorisation will be for a specific period of time not exceeding two years unless the individual accept a permanent appointment in which case renewal of authorisation should be applied for before expiring of the first two year period and before expiry of each and every five year period thereafter; and

e.Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in permanent employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.

Reviewed Policy Published 28 January 2002

 

 

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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