Strategic Objectives



2. Establishment of South African Veterinary Council

(1) There is hereby established a council to be known as the South African Veterinary Council.

(2) The council shall be a juristic person.

3. Objects of council

The objects of the council shall be -

1. to regulate the practising of the veterinary professions and para-veterinary professions and the registration of persons practising such professions;

2. to determine the minimum standards of tuition and training required for degrees, diplomas and certificates entitling the holders thereof to be registered to practise the veterinary professions and para-veterinary professions;

3. to exercise effective control over the professional conduct of persons practising the veterinary professions and para-veterinary professions;

4. to determine the standards of professional conduct of persons practising the veterinary professions and para-veterinary professions;

5. to encourage and promote efficiency in and responsibility with regard to the practice of the veterinary professions and para-veterinary professions;

6. to protect the interests of the veterinary professions and para-veterinary professions and to deal with any matter relating to such interests;

7. to maintain and enhance the prestige, status and dignity of the veterinary professions and para-veterinary professions and the integrity of persons practising such professions;

8. to advise the Minister in relation to any matter affecting a veterinary profession or a para-veterinary profession.

4. Powers and functions of council

The council may, in order to achieve its objects -

1. acquire or hire movable or immovable property;

2. develop, mortgage, let, sell or otherwise dispose of or burden movable or immovable property of the council;

3. accept, draw, endorse, issue, make, pay or perform any other act in respect of negotiable instruments;

4. spend and invest funds of the council;

5. enter into contracts;

6. exercise or perform any power or function conferred or imposed upon it by or under this Act or any other law;

7. generally take such other steps and perform such other acts as may be necessary for or conducive to the achievement of the objects of the council.

5. Constitution of council

(1) The council shall consist of -

1. two officers designated by the Minister, of whom -

1. one shall be an officer of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Marketing who is a veterinarian or a veterinary specialist; and

[Sub-para. (i) substituted by s. 2 (a) of Act No. 19 of 1989.]

2. one is, after consultation with the Minister of Justice, designated on account of his knowledge of law;

2. a representative of each university in the Republic which has a faculty of veterinary science, which representative shall be a professor or lecturer in veterinary science at such university and shall be designated by the rector or principal of such university;

3. one representative of the South African Veterinary Association, which representative shall be a member of that Association and shall be designated by the said Association;

[Para. (c) substituted by s. 2 (b) of Act No. 19 of 1989.]

4. six persons elected in the prescribed manner by persons registered or deemed to be registered in terms of this Act to practise veterinary professions; and

[Para. (d) substituted by s. 2 (b) of Act No. 19 of 1989.]

5. one representative of each para-veterinary profession, which representative shall be elected in the prescribed manner by persons registered or deemed to be registered in terms of this Act to practise the para-veterinary profession concerned.

[Sub-s. (1) amended by s. 2 (d) of Act No. 19 of 1989. Para. (e) added by s. 2 (c) of Act No. 19 of 1989.]

(2)

1. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) the persons who at the commencement of this section are members of the Veterinary Board referred to in section 1 of the Veterinary Act, 1933 (Act No. 16 of 1933), shall constitute the council for a period of six months after such commencement.

2. If any person referred to in paragraph (a) vacates his office before the period mentioned in the said paragraph has expired, the council shall consist of the remaining members for the unexpired portion of that period.

(3) Whenever any designation in terms of subsection (1) (b) or (c) becomes necessary, the registrar shall request the rector or principal concerned or the South African Veterinary Association, as the case may be, in writing to designate within a specified period the person required to be designated in terms of that subsection.

(4) If the rector or principal concerned or the said Association fails to comply with such request within the said period, the Minister may designate any person holding the qualifications necessary for designation and whom he deems fit, to be a member of the council in the place of the person required to be designated in terms of subsection (1) (b) or (c).

(5) If at any time it appears to the Minister that the election of a member of the council did not in all respects take place in the prescribed manner, or that an irregularity occurred with regard to such election, and if he is of the opinion that the ornmission to comply with the prescribed requirements, or the said irregularity, does not justify the annulment of the election, he may, in his discretion, condone such ommission or irregularity, and may, notwithstanding such omission or irregularity, declare the election of a member so elected, to be valid.

6. Qualifications of members of council.

(1) No person shall be designated as a member of the council in terms of section 5 (1) (b) or (c) or elected as a member of the council by virtue of section 5 (1) (d) if -

1. he is not a veterinarian or a veterinary specialist;

2. he is not a South African citizen;

3. he is not permanently resident in the Republic;

4. he is a patient or a President's patient as defined in section 1 of the Mental Health Act, 1973 (Act No. 18 of 1973);

5. his estate has been sequestrated or surrendered or he has entered into a composition with his creditors;

6. he has at any time been convicted of an offence in respect of which he was sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine and such sentence was not suspended; or

7. he does not satisfy the prescribed requirements with regard to the election of members of the council.

(1 A)

1. No person shall be elected as a member of the council by virtue of section 5 (1) (e) unless he is registered or deemed to be registered in terms of this Act to practise the para-veterinary profession concerned.

2. The qualifications specified in paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g) of subsection (1) shall mutatis mutandis apply to the election of a member of the council by virtue of section 5 (1) (e).

[Sub-s. (1A) inserted by s. 3 of Act No. 19 of 1989.]

(2) No person shall be qualified to be a member of the council if he has been convicted of improper or disgraceful conduct after an inquiry under section 14 of the Veterinary Act, 1933 (Act No. 16 of 1933), or been found guilty of unprofessional, improper of disgraceful conduct after an inquiry under section 31 of this Act.

7. Tenure of office of members of council

A member of the council shall hold office for a period of three years and shall at the expiration of his period of office by effluxion of time be eligible for redesignation or re-election.

8. Vacation of office and filling of vacancies

(1) A member of the council shall vacate his office if -

1. he ceases to comply with the requirements referred to in section 6;

2. he is absent from two consecutive meetings of the council without the permission of the council;

3. he, in the case of a member designated in terms of section 5 (1) (a) -

1. tenders his resignation in writing to the Minister; or

2. ceases to be an officer;

4. he, in the case of a member designated in terms of section 5 (1) (b) -

1. tenders his resignation in writing to the rector or principal of the university in question; or

2. ceases to be a professor or lecturer in veterinary science at the said university;

5. he, in the case of a member designated in terms of section 5 (1) (c) -

1. tenders his resignation in writing to the president of the council; or

2. ceases to be a member of the South African Veterinary Association;

6. he, in the case of a member elected by virtue of section 5 (1) (d) or (e), tenders his resignation in writing to the president of the council; or

[Para. (f) substituted by s. 4 of Act No. 19 of 1989.]

7. the Minister, at the request of or after consultation with the council, in the public interest terminates his membership.

(2) Any vacancy on the council arising from a circumstance referred to in subsection (1) or any vacancy caused by the death of a member shall be filled by designation or election, as the case may be, in the manner in which the member who vacates his office or dies was required to be designated or elected, and any member so designated or elected shall hold office for the unexpired portion of the period for which the member who vacates his office or dies was designated or elected.

9. President and vice-president of council

(1) The persons who at the commencement of this section are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Veterinary Board referred to in section 1 of the Veterinary Act, 1933 (Act No. 16 of 1933), shall be the president and vice-president of the council until a president and vice-president are elected in terms of subsection (2).

(2) At the first meeting of every newly constituted council the members of the council shall elect a president and a vice-president from their number.

(3) If the office of president or vice-president becomes vacant for any reason other than effluxion of time, the members of the council shall, at the first meeting after such vacancy occured or as soon thereafter as may be convenient, elect from their number a new president or vice-president, as the case may be, and the member so elected shall hold office for the unexpired portion of the period for which his predecessor was elected.

(4) No member of the council shall hold the office of president or vice-president for longer than two consecutive terms of office.

(5) If for any reason the president is not able to act, the vice-president shall perform all the duties and exercise all the powers of the president.

(6) The president or vice-president of the council may vacate his office without terminating his membership of the council.

 

 

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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