Identification of Veterinary Clinical Facilities


Identification Boards

This is a board ON THE PREMISES where the practice is situated;  States the registered name of the practice;  It may contain a logo; There is no restrictions on size or letter size; Consulting hours are allowed to appear on the identification board; and there is no restriction on the number of boards.

Direction Boards

This is a board situated away from the practice indicating the direction to follow to the practice;  It must comply with the municipal/provincial regulations governing direction boards;  There is no limitation on the number or size of boards and the content of the boards shall be limited to the registered name of the Veterinary Hospital, Clinic, Consulting Room, and where necessary, a direction arrow.

Sign Boards

This is an advertising board situated away from the practice containing information relating to the practice i.e. registered name, address and telephone numbers.   Sign boards may be erected where the practice is situated in a complex and the circumstances justify a sign board.  THE USE OF THIS BOARD IS TO BE APPROVED BY COUNCIL.

(Published -June 1997)



Geographical, street, suburb and district names are acceptable.  Names, which imply too wide a practice area, e.g. Natal Veterinary Hospital, are not permitted.  Suburb and street names are given preference, and town names are granted only in exceptional circumstances.

The use of " made-up" names, including those, which contain the prefix or suffix "vet" (e.g. Citivet or Medvet), are permitted, provided that such a name is followed by " veterinary hospital/clinic/consulting room/ or centre".  All applications for made-up names are referred to Council for approval.

Duplication of names should be avoided with the exception of common street or suburb names in different towns, which are further than 50 km apart.  The duplication of " made-up" names will not be permitted.

After-hours facilities can be registered.  An after-hours facility is a facility, which complies with the minimum standards for a hospital, which operates outside of normal working hours for veterinary practices whereto after-hours work is referred, i.e. at night, Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays.  ( The onus rests on the referring practice to ensure that veterinary attention is available outside of the operating hours of the after-hours facility.)

Species practices, e.g. bird or equine practices can be registered. Organ and discipline practices should be registered provided that:

such a practice is registered in the name of a registered specialist in the organ/discipline involved;

should such a practice be sold to a non-specialist, the name would have to change;

a specialist should be on duty at all times at such a practice, e.g. where it is necessary for a locum to be employed at such a practice, this locum must be a specialist in the applicable field;

general veterinary work should be permitted to be performed at such a practice; and

such a practice should not be obliged to operate on a referral basis.

Emergency facilities can be registered.  An emergency facility is a facility which complies with the minimum standards for a hospital at which a veterinarian is present, and prepared to attend to emergencies with minimum delay, at all times.

Centre facilities can be registered.  A centre is a facility shared by a minimum of two veterinary specialist disciplines, each of which is headed by a registered specialist in the appropriate fields, and has such a specialist present.  Appropriately equipped facilities for the specialist disciplines must be available at all times.  Subject to these requirements, general practitioners may operate from such facilities.

Only names ending in " hospital", " clinic", " consulting room" or " centre" are registerable.   There is a cross- referencing between names of facilities and close corporations.

(Published -June 1998)


Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa

Veterinary Council of Namibia

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)

Kenya Veterinary Board

Veterinary Council of Tanzania

Botswana Veterinary Association

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