Authorisation Under Section 23



EXPLANATORY NOTES FOR AUTHORISATION IN TERMS OF SECTION 23(1)(c)

1. In all instances, authorisation will only be considered if the applicant has a firm offer of employment from a specific institution/organisation or private employer or is placed in an accredited academic/
2. training/research programme; Authorisation will only be considered if
3. the need for the service to be provided/procedure (s) to be performed is clearly motivated, proof is provided of the placement of a suitable advertisement for the post in the relevant media, and no suitable locally registered applicant could be appointed (details to be provided); Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years in respect of category A3 [service rendering] after which full registration must be obtained by examination. In all other instances, renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion;
4. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer in categories A1 and B2 [Industry], A2 and B3 [Research], B1 [Service rendering] and A4 [Training] may be considered at Council’s discretion;
5. The scope of procedures to be performed should include a list of activities and/or procedures which the individual would be expected to perform with proven evidence of competency as may be required;
6. Persons so authorised will be subject to the code of conduct, ethical rules and disciplinary powers of the Council;
7. Supervision

Where applicable, the authorisation shall specify whether the individual has to perform his/her duties under the direction, supervision or direct and continuous supervision of the relevant responsible designated person registered with Council.

Direction means that the designated person gives the authorised person directions but is not necessarily present when the procedures are carried out;
Supervision means that the designated person is present and in a position to assist, yet is not necessarily at the authorised person’s side or in the same room; and
Direct and continuous supervision means that the designated person is present and giving the authorised person and the animal (where applicable) his/her undivided attention; and

8. The responsibility for ensuring adherence to the conditions of authorisation rests with the employer, failing which, authorisation may be withdrawn.

A. CATEGORIES OF ACTIVITIES IN WHICH PERSONS WITH VETERINARY QUALIFICATIONS NOT RECOGNISED BY COUNCIL WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR AUTHORISATION

1. Industry

2. Research

3. Service-rendering (animal welfare, embryo transfer, state veterinary service, etc.)

4. Training (Educational)

B. CATEGORIES OF ACTIVITIES IN WHICH PERSONS WITHOUT VETERINARY AND/OR PARA-VETERINARY QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY COUNCIL FOR AUTHORISATION

1. Service rendering (animal welfare, embryo transfer)

2. Industry

3. Research

4. Training (Educational)

Authorisation in both categories A and B will be considered in relation/with specific reference to:

1. A specific employer or institution;
2. A specific duration;
3. The scope of procedures to be performed and the proven competency of the applicant;
4. Specific requirements/limitations which may be imposed on the applicant; and
5. A suitably registered supervising professional.

GUIDELINES FOR RESEARCH AND INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTIONS IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY A1 [INDUSTRY] AND A2 [RESEARCH]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those duties related to the research and/or industrial activities which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the research or industrial institution;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion;
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties;
4. In both instances, confirmation of adherence to international Good Practice Guidelines and/or adherence to the National Code on Animal Experimentation should be provided;
5. In the case of category A2 a recommendation from the relevant institution’s Animal Ethics Committee should accompany the application;
6. The composition of the aforementioned Animal Ethics Committee should conform to the National Code on Animal Experimentation; and
7. The Animal Ethics Committee should ensure that the applicant is competent to perform the procedure/s for which authorisation is sought. Certification of competency should be signed by both the veterinarian serving on and the chairperson of the Animal Ethics Committee.

 

GUIDELINES FOR INSTITUTIONS AND PRIVATE EMPLOYERS IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY A3 [SERVICE-RENDERING]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those duties related to service-rendering activities which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the institution or private employer; and
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years after which full registration must be obtained by examination.

GUIDELINES FOR UNIVERSITIES IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY A4 [TRAINING]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those activities relating to teaching, research, service-rendering and/or professional development which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of or placed in a specific academic/research programme of the academic institution;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion; and
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties except where such duties are predominantly of a service-rendering nature which involve the practising of a veterinary profession as defined in the Act. In this instance, authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years after which full registration must be obtained by examination.

GUIDELINES FOR INSTITUTIONS, ORGANISATIONS AND PRIVATE EMPLOYERS IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY B1 [SERVICE-RENDERING]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those procedures listed in the application which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary or para-veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the relevant institution, organisation or business (A positive report on the inspection of a facility wherefrom the authorised person will work is a requirement in this category);
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion; and
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.

GUIDELINES FOR INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANISATIONS IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY B2 [INDUSTRY] AND B3 [RESEARCH]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those duties relating to the industrial/research activities of the institution or organisation which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary or para-veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the relevant institution or organisation;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion;
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties;
4. In both instances, confirmation of adherence to international Good Practice Guidelines and/or adherence to the National Code on Animal Experimentation should be provided;
5. In the case of category B3 a recommendation from the relevant institution’s Animal Ethics Committee should accompany the application;
6. The composition of the aforementioned Animal Ethics Committee should conform to the National Code on Animal Experimentation; and
7. The Animal Ethics Committee should ensure that the applicant is competent to perform the procedure/s for which authorisation is sought. Certification of competency should be signed by both the veterinarian serving on and the chairperson of the Animal Ethics Committee.

GUIDELINES FOR UNIVERSITIES IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY B4 [TRAINING]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those activities relating to teaching, research, service-rendering and/or professional development which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary or para-veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of or placed in a specific academic/research programme of the academic institution;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion; and
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.

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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