Regulations

* One semester is equivalent to 6 calendar months.

TABLE 8 ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN SUBJECT COURSES

Subject Course

Minimum Academic Year

Contents and Instruction *

Macroscopic Anatomy

1

Morphology of domesticated animals, including birds, and must include exposure and handling of dissected material and demonstrations on living animals.

Physiology

1

An elementary course in the physiology and physiological chemistry of the most important body systems of domesticated animals

Pharmacology and Toxicology

½

(a) Curative medication and assistance to veterinarians in the use of medicines, related substances and agro –chemicals used in primary animal health care; (b) A basic understanding of the effects of poisonous plants on animal health, with a special emphasis on the control and prevention in southern Africa .

Para-clinical group: Animal science group of subjects Pathology group of subjects

1 ½

2

Poisonous plants and agro-chemicals (a) Theoretical and practical instruction in

· Basic genetics, breed characteristics, breeding, production systems, animal products, economics of production and related matters

· Housing, management, care, handling and behaviour of animals · Minimum requirements for nutrition and feeding of animals, including nutritional imbalances and deficiencies · Application of primary animal health care · Deliverance of an animal health extension service;

(b) Practically orientated knowledge of veld and pastures, the management and utilization thereof in the maintenance and promotion of animal health and production with an emphasis on environmental conservation and veterinary extension services.

(a) Macroscopic anatomical pathology, including post mortem examinations with emphasis on the collection, preservation and dispatch of samples; (b) A basic understanding of the pathogenesis of diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and other pathogenic organisms, with a special emphasis on the control and prevention of those diseases of economic and zoonotic importance to southern Africa; (c) The application and administration of provincial, national and international animal disease control measures in terms of existing certification and legislation; (d) The collection, recording and processing of data as a support function in epidemiological surveys and investigations; (e) Veterinary helminthology and entomology of importance to animal health and economics; and (f) Field laboratory and technical procedures, including care and handling of laboratory apparatus, the collecting and dispatching of specimens/ samples for diagnostic purposes, preparation and examination of blood smears and skin and wool scrapings, and faeces samples and elementary clinical chemistry.

(g) The basic principles of the safety and hygiene of food of animal origin, including abattoir hygiene, meat inspection and relevant legislation.

Tuberculosis and Brucellosis eradication 12 Days A course recognised and approved by the Department of Agriculture, comprising of TB and Brucellosis tests, TB and Brucellsis eradication and schemes; with special reference to the Animal Diseases Act and the regulations must be successfully completed.

*The course of instruction must consist of an equal exposure to theoretical and practical instruction.


TABLE 9 A

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOME 1

NQF 5: 60 credits (NQF 6: 20 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge in the veterinary sub-fields of microbiology, parasitology, histology, biochemistry, haematology, toxicology, pharmacology, pathology and animal technology, within the norms prescribed by the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Act and quality control standards, and apply technology in selected sub-fields. (C)

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

1.1 Use knowledge in the veterinary sub-fields to prevent animal diseases. (C)

(NQF 5: 24 credits)

(NQF 6: 8 credits)

(NQF 7: 8 credits)

1.1.1 Basic knowledge is applied to vaccine production according to appropriate quality control standards.

1.1.2 Knowledge is applied for recognition and prevention of diseases in animals involved in laboratories and field trials, according to accepted international standards

1.2 Sample body fluids, tissues and other veterinary specimens. (C)

(NQF 5: 6 credits)

(NQF 6: 2 credits)

(NQF 7: 2 credits)

1.2.1 The appropriate sampling technique is explained and/or applied correctly to obtain biological, clinical, necropsy specimens and environmental samples.

1.2.2 The transport, preservation, storage and safety procedures are appropriate to the sample and explained and/or performed correctly.

1.2.3 The sample complies with the requirements of the test.

1.3 Use instrumentation appropriately and effectively. (C)

(NQF 5: 6 credits)

(NQF 6: 2 credits)

(NQF 7: 2 credits)

1.3.1 A range of instruments are used proficiently.

1.3.2 Instruments and equipment are calibrated and maintained to manufacturer requirements and specifications.

1.3.3 The appropriate instrument is selected for the specific technique.

 

1.4 Perform routine and specialized tests and techniques on samples and laboratory animals for diagnostic and/or research purposes. (C)

(NQF 5: 24 credits)

(NQF 6: 8 credits)

(NQF 7: 8 credits)

1.4.1 Routine and specified media, stains, solutions and reagents are prepared according to prescribed procedures.

1.4.2 Calculated methods are understood, verified and interpreted correctly.

1.4.3 The quality of the sample is assessed relative to the test required and according to accepted criteria.

1.4.4 The appropriate test is applied to the specimen, according to quality control procedures.

1.4.5 Principles, methods, application and purpose of tests are explained and/or performed correctly.

1.4.6 Data is captured correctly, using manual or electronic means.

1.4.7 Manual and electronic data retrieval skills are demonstrated.

1.4.8 Knowledge of aseptic techniques and theatre procedures is applied for specialized and diagnostic purposes.

 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOME 2 (NQF 5: 20 credits)

(NQF 6: 20 credits)

(NQF 7: 40 credits)

Critically evaluate and interpret laboratory results through application and integration of knowledge, skills and values. (C)

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

2.1 Critically interpret and evaluate results of tests through the application of knowledge of principles, techniques and instruments. (C)

(NQF 5: 10 credits)

(NQF 6: 10 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

2.1.1 Results are recorded and compared with established reference ranges and/or appropriate control specimens.

2.1.2 Data processing is performed according to appropriate mathematical and statistical methods.

2.1.3 Laboratory results are evaluated through correlation of data in the context of the principles, techniques and instruments used.

2.1.4 Factors that effect procedures and test results are recognized and appropriate action taken.

2.1.5 Corrective and preventative maintenance of equipment is performed according to standard operating procedures (SOP’s).

2.2 Results of tests are communicated effectively. (C)

(NQF 5: 10 credits)

(NQF 6: 10 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

2.2.1 Verbal communication is clear, correct and specific.

2.2.2 Written reports are concise, clear, scientific and correct.

2.2.3 Results are presented following prescribed formats using various media.

Exit LEVEL OUTCOME 3 (NQF 5: 20 credits)

(NQF 6: 50 credits)

(NQF 7: 50 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of husbandry, management, handling and breeding systems of laboratory animals (in-house and field trials). (C)

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

3.1 Handle and manage animals according to the relevant Code of Ethics and the internationally recognized standards of animal welfare. (C)

(NQF 5: 8 credits)

(NQF 6: 20 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

3.1.1 Knowledge of the relevant Code of Ethics is demonstrated verbally or in writing.

3.1.2 Animals are handled and used according to accepted guidelines.

3.2 Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory animal husbandry. (C)

(NQF 5: 12 credits)

(NQF 6: 30 credits)

 

3.2.1 Nutritional concepts of specific animal groups are understood and applied correctly.

3.2.2 Breeding colonies are managed and maintained according to international accepted standards.

3.2.3 Principle of macro- and micro-environmental control measures are understood.

3.2.4 Knowledge of humane euthanasia techniques for all groups of animals is demonstrated, with displayed applied detailed knowledge of selected species.

3.2.5 General knowledge on procuring, handling, transportation and quarantine procedures of laboratory animals with specialized knowledge of primates and other exotic laboratory animals is demonstrated and applied.

 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOME 4 (NQF 5: 10 credits)

(NQF 6: 10 credits)

(NQF 7: 20 credits)

Perform and monitor personal quality control procedures within predetermined limits in the workplace. (F)

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

4.1 Apply principles and concepts of Quality Assurance in the laboratory. (F)

(NQF 5: 5 credits)

(NQF 6: 5 credits)

(NQF 7: 10 credits)

4.1.1 Principles of Quality Assurance are explained in the context of the tests performed.

4.1.2 SOP’s are formulated according to accredited requirements.

4.1.3 Quality Control and Quality Assurance results are evaluated and interpreted and appropriate action is taken.

4.2 Monitor established Quality Assurance procedures in the laboratory. (F)

(NQF 5: 5 credits)

(NQF 6: 5 credits)

(NQF 7: 10 credits)

4.2.1 SOP’s are assessed, reviewed and updated where necessary.

4.2.2 Instruments are monitored for efficient functioning and appropriate action is taken.

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOME 5 (NQF 5: 5 credits)

(NQF 6: 10 credits)

(NQF 7: 5 credits)

Apply the relevant Code of Ethics and safety measures consistently. (F)

SPECIFIED OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

5.1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the relevant Acts and regulations regarding safety, health and the environment. (F)

(NQF 5: 1 credits)

(NQF 6: 4 credits)

(NQF 7: 1 credits)

5.1.1 Comply with the relevant sections of the OHS-Act on NOSA regulations.

5.1.2 Wear applicable protective clothing.

5.1.3 Knowledge of personal vaccination and booster requirements is demonstrated.

5.1.4 Use equipment and experimental materials safely.

5.1.5 Waste material is disposed of safely and correctly.

5.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the Code of Ethics for veterinary technology according to the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Act. (F)

(NQF 5: 2 credits)

(NQF 6: 3 credits)

(NQF 7: 2 credits)

5.2.1 The Code of Ethics for the profession is complied with.

5.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the Code of Ethics regarding laboratory animals according to the National Code for Laboratory Animal Sciences. (F)

(NQF 5: 2 credits)

(NQF 6: 3 credits)

(NQF 7: 2 credits)

5.3.1 Comply with the relevant sectors of the Animal Protection Act and the Code of Ethics.

(C = Core, F = Fundamental and E = Elective outcomes)

CRITICAL OUTCOMES embedded in the specified outcomes:

Critical and creative thinking, problem solving, communication, self-management,
teamwork, safety and ethics, mindset of continuous professional development.

TOTAL CREDITS

360 credits (cumulative).

1 credit = 10 hours


TABLE 9 B

National Diploma Veterinary Technology

NAME OF INSTRUCTIONAL OFFERING

CODE

CREDIT VALUE

NAME OF PREREQUISITE

FIRST YEAR FIRST SEMESTER

Food Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

VDA111T

0.100

Calculations and Statistics

CAL101T

0.100

Chemistry I

CHE141C

0.100

Computer Skills

CSK101B

0.100

Physics I

PHU161C

0.100

FIRST YEAR SECOND SEMESTER

Biochemistry II

BCH221T

0.125

Chemistry I

Haematology: Veterinary Science

HVS201T

0.125

Food Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

Histology II

HTL201T

0.125

Food Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

Microbiology I

MBI101T

0.125

SECOND YEAR FIRST SEMESTER

Biochemistry III

BCH311T

0.125

Biochemistry II

Immunology II

IML211T

0.125

Anatomy and Physiology I

Microbiology II

MBI241B

0.125

Microbiology I

Experimental Animal Technology II

EAT 211T

0.125

Food Animal Anatomy and Physiology I

SECOND YEAR SECOND SEMESTER

Helminthology III

HEM301T

0.100

Microbiology II

Protozoology III

PZY301T

0.100

Microbiology II

Veterinary Microbiology III

VTM301T

0.100

Microbiology II

Virology III

VIR311T

0.100

Immunology II

Veterinary Entomology III

VTE311T

0.100

Microbiology II

After completion of all first, second and third semester subjects one year experiential training is required before The National Diploma in Veterinary Technology can be obtained.



Bachelor’s Degree In Veterinary Technology

After successful completion of first, second and third semester subjects the candidate may proceed to study further for the Bachelor’s degree

THIRD YEAR FIRST SEMESTER

Experiental learning I

EXP1VET

0.500

THIRD YEAR SECOND SEMESTER

Applied Veterinary Technology II

AVT201T

0.500

Experiential Learning I

FOURTH AND FIFTH YEAR

Entrepeneurial Skills

EPS101T

0.060

Project: Veterinary Technology IV

PJA401T

0.280

Research Methodology: Natural Sciences

Project: Veterinary Technology IV (Re-registration)

PJA401R

0.000

Research Methodology :Natural Sciences

RMN201B

0.100

In addition to the above mentioned subjects two of the following subjects must be selected.

Molecular Biology IV (Year subject)

MLB400T

0.280

Biochemistry III

Parasitology IV

PRY401T

0.280

Helminthology III

Protozoology III

Veterinary Entomology III

Pharmacology and Toxicology IV

PTX401T

0.280

Biochemistry III

Reproduction Technology IV

RPT401T

0.280

Biochemistry III

Virology IV

VIR401T

0.280

Virology III

Veterinary Bacteriology IV

VTB401T

0.280

Veterinary Microbiology III


ANNEXURE A

NOMINATION OF A CANDIDATE FOR AN ELECTION OF MEMBER OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN VETERINARY COUNCIL

1. Particulars of candidate:

a. Full names_______________________________________________

b. Full residential address ____________________________________

c. Full postal address_________________________________________

d. Registration number________________________________________

I comply with the qualifications set out in section 6 of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, 1982,
for election as a member of the South African Veterinary Council. At the request of the persons indicated in
paragraph 2 below, I am prepared to accept nomination as a candidate for an election of members of the said Council.

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Signature of Candidate Date

2. Particulars of persons making nomination:

First nominator:

a. Full names_______________________________________________

b. Full postal address_________________________________________

c. Registration number________________________________________

Second nominator:

a. Full names_______________________________________________

b. Full postal address_________________________________________

c. Registration number________________________________________

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Signature of first nominator Signature of second nominator

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Date Date



ANNEXURE B

DECLARATION BY A PERSON CASTING A VOTE DURING AN ELECTION OF MEMBERS
OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN VETERINARY COUNCIL

Full names of deponent__________________________________

Residential address of deponent______________________________

Registration number ________________________________________

I hereby declare that I am the person to whom the enclosed ballot paper was issued, that I am entitled to
cast a vote at the election of members of South African Council and that I have not previously
submitted any other ballot paper for this election.

............................................ .............................................

Signature of deponent Date



ANNEXURE C

SOUTH AFRICAN VETERINARY COUNCIL

SUMMONS TO APPEAR AT AN INQUIRY

In the inquiry into alleged unprofessional, improper or disgraceful conduct by

___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

To:________________________________________________________________________________

of_________________________________________________________________________________

(address)

You are hereby by direction of the South African Veterinary Council, required to appear in person before
the said Council at________________________________________________

on the ________________________________-day of______________________________20 at

in connection with the above-mentioned inquiry, to be examined or to produce books, documents or records
(where documents are required to be produced, add:) and to bring with you and produce to the Council
the books, documents and records specified in the list hereunder.

Signed at __________________________this __________day of________________20__

..........................................................

Registrar: Veterinary Council

LIST OF BOOKS, DOCUMENTS OR RECORDS TO BE PRODUCED

Date

Description

Original or copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: When a person thus summoned, fails to appear or, unless duly excused, to remain in attendance throughout the inquiry,
a court may in terms of section 32 (4) of the Act, read with section 51(2) of the Magistrate's Courts Act, 1944 (Act 32 of 1944),
issue a warrant for the apprehension of such person in order that he may be brought up to give evidence or to produce
documents.Such person may also be criminally prosecuted by virtue of section 41(1) (h) of the Act

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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