Authorisation: To render veterinary or para veterinary services for animal welfare organisations

 

21 July 2017

Dear Colleagues

It has come to our attention that many of the FEI group IX passports being used for movement into the AHS controlled area have not been registered with SAEF. It is a requirement that the passport is registered with a registering body. If the client has an SAEF passport that is not stamped and signed by an SAEF official on the ID page, please refer them to us immediately as they will either need to register with SAEF or EHF. We also keep having applications with Studbook passports, or other passports that are not valid.

For this reason, we will now require a scanned in copy of the ID page (picture of the horse diagram with written description) to accompany any permit application for movement.

This scan should also accompany any prenotification for movement for prenotification of movement WITHIN the controlled area.

Please inform your vets and clients accordingly as we will not accept applications without this documentation going foward. Applications already sent will be assessed and should their be any queried we will contact you for further information.

Regards
Dr Camilla Weyer

 

17 July 2017

Dear Colleagues

We have now lifted many areas that were under total restrictions for movement, so direct movement can start to commence for many areas previously closed.

There are however MANY areas that are still under movement restrictions either because of suspected AHS cases or confirmed ones within the last 40 days.

It is difficult to give exact locations, so please ask your clients to be very exact with GPS locations when submitting their applications. Obviously if it is from locations that have had regular movements in the past year we will have them on the system.

Please remind clients that only official application forms emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be accepted for movement permit applications. We do not accept applications smsed to cell phones or phone calls as applications.

Regards
Dr Camilla Weyer

 

 

7 March 2017

 

African Horse Sickness (AHS) Policy

Movement of horses into the AHS controlled Area during the AHS season

Approved stop over Quarantine Facilities

Movement Permit Application

 

 

Dear Colleagues

 

It seems that this notification has not been widely distributed.

 

Please find attached the notice regarding movement into the controlled area from anywhere in the infected zone, this includes areas of the Western Cape outside of the controlled area.

 

Please also be aware that all Stop Over Quarantines require a health certificate for movement prior to arrival at the facility. Some may require additional testing prior to entry. ALL quarantine facilities may not accept any horses that have not been pre-approved by SV Boland. The normal application form (attached) should be submitted prior to movement to the Stop Over Quarantine as well.

 

Regards
Dr Camilla Weyer

 

 

 

26 January 2017

Dear Colleagues

Following a recent report of an AHS case in the Honeydew area, and other suspect AHS cases around Gauteng, the decision has been made to suspend direct movement from the Gauteng Province into the AHS controlled area.

Any movement from Gauteng Province into the AHS controlled area can only occur via a registered Stop Over Quarantine effective immediately.

Regards
Dr Camilla Weyer

 

6 January

 

Dear Colleagues

In light of the recent cases in Gauteng and north West, I thought I better remind everyone of the Stop Over protocol.

Please pay special attention to the need for a minimum of a health cert prior to movement to the quarantine. Some facilities require testing prior to entry.

Also please be aware that an application form for movement must be completed and sent to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as for any other movement into the controlled area BEFORE the horse arrives at quarantine.

Details of the available quarantine facilites can be provided on request

Regards
Dr Camilla Weyer

 

21 November

Dear Colleagues

Please find the link regarding the use of unregistered vaccines against AHS for your attention and distribution.

Dr Camilla Weyer

 

 

14 Novemebr 2016

Dear Colleagues

There has been a reported AHS case in the Kuruman area. The state veterinarian has been advised and samples have been submitted for confirmation. Initial date of detection was the 8th November.

I would like to thank the State Vet Dr Lea Shuda for the proactive and prompt response to this report, and for letting us know so quickly.

Regards

Dr Camilla Weyer

 

 

 

3 May 2016

Dear Colleagues

There have been a number of further confirmed cases within the AHS containment area in the AHS surveillance zone since Friday the 30th April.

3 of these cases are outside of the 5km radius, and they are/ were clinical cases. One of these cases was a weanling, that subsequently was euthanased.

The symptoms of the weanling were not typical for AHS, but lung oedema was observed, so please remain vigilant and please report any suspicious or possible cases to us asap. The sooner we have the report the sooner we can act.

A special thank you must go to Prof Guthrie who gave up his Saturday afternoon to run these samples as a priority.

At present the containment area will not change, but will be re-evaluated next week. A situation report will be released with a press release asap in next week, but we wanted to ensure that you are all kept up to date.

Regards

Dr Camilla Weyer
BVSC, MSc

DAFF authorised Veterinarian (Ref: 1/2/1/7/8)
State Vet Boland authorised Veterinarian
(Movement Control and Equine Disease Surveillance) and Research Officer
Equine Research Centre
Cape Town
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 076 152 2782
Fax: 086 558 9818

 

Dear All

To many of you this may be already common knowledge but it seems not all know which passports are acceptable as a movement document for horses into and within the AHS controlled area.

For any horse that needs to be moved between AHS zones, and from the infected zone into the AHS controlled area, ONLY the following passports comply:

The SAEF passport: FEI group IX passport (the old blue ones and the new green ones)

The NHRA passports (green jockey club passports used for thoroughbreds)

The import export council passports (Red passports issued by the NHRA)

And since September 2015 the Red Studbook passports, BUT only the new ones that have a picture in them that looks like the one attached.ALL THE OLD STUDBOOK PASSPORTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR MOVEMENT, AND ACTUALLY HAVE NEVER BEEN ON THE ACCEPTED LIST OF PASSPORTS.

The vaccinations for AHS must have been done by a veterinarian, and the ID page of the passport must have been completed by a veterinarian.

So if you have a client that is planning to move a horse and you are either unsure of the passport the horse has, or you have realised that it either does not have a passport, or it is one of the old Studbook passports that DO NOT comply for movement, please contact myself or Danielle Pienaar so we can advise you as to how we can rectify the situation. 

FOR THOSE GOING TO SHOWS OUTSIDE OF THE CONTROLLED AREA, ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT A MOVEMENT APPLICATION FORM MUST BE COMPLETED. FIND ATTACHED. This application is also required for any other movement of horses from the infected zone into the AHS controlled area.

Please contact us if we can help in any way further, or if anything is unclear.

Regards

Dr Camilla Weyer
BVSC, MSc
DAFF authorised Veterinarian (Ref: 1/2/1/7/1)
State Vet Boland authorised Veterinarian
(Movement Control and Equine Disease Surveillance)
and Research Officer
Equine Research Centre
Cape Town
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 076 152 2782
Fax: 086 558 9818

 

Please click on these links to view the following documents:

Procedure for Blanket African Horse Sickness (AHS) Movement Ban February 2016

African Horse Sickness (AHS) Stop Over Quarantine Protocol 2016

SOQ Details

Movement Permit Application

Horse Pasport Diagram

Notice of restriction of African Horse Sickness vaccination periods

Sudden Death Investigation - Piroplasmosis, March 2016

AHS Containment Zone 8 April 2016

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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