Are you despondent/ Do you suffer from stress or do you have colleagues who do? - Do not disregard it:
TALK to someone: sorrow shared is sorrow halved
Get HELP sooner rather than later
Get to know the RAIN technique (see article by Julie Squires below) to:

  • Recognize what you are feeling: Sometimes we just need to stop and say to ourselves “What am I feeling in this moment?” -   just naming it can bring a sense of freeing..
  • Allow, accept & acknowledge: The feeling won’t let up until you actually feel it so why not just do it now? You can handle it.
  • Investigate:  “What am I making this mean?”. When we can be curious without judging we can see that our thinking is often misconstrued.
  • Non-identification: realize the thoughts and feelings are not YOU. You can literally step back and watch them from afar. Don’t believe everything you think.
  • INDULGE yourself: read the Anonymous Client letter posted by Dr Andy Roark:
    “At any given moment, some pet is frolicking around because of you. Because you gave them their early vaccination. Because you saved them after an accident. Because you caught their kidney failure in time..…maybe being a vet is a little bit like being a mom, in that your work is so crucial it becomes taken for granted that you’ll just give and give of yourself, always. That’s not fair.”


Who to contact:     

a) SAVA Stress Management Hotline - available to all the professions and not members only

 

b) Para-veterinary members (will be updated soon)

Animal Health Technician
William Kutu 076 422 2029 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Laboratory Animal Technologist
Cor Bester  082 348 3737  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Veterinary Technologist
Anamarie Bosman 012 529 8000  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Veterinary nurse
Sr Sarah Johnson  079 183 1878  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c) SAVC members       

Anne de Vos 082 784 9363 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


d) Lifeline

0861-322-322
Website: http://www.lifeline.org.za

 

 

 

e) Suicide Hotline 

0800-273-TALK (8255)
http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/south-africa-suicide-hotlines.html

 

     

 

 f) S A Depression and Anxiety Group
http://sadag.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=191011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26: Finding Help - speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further.

Emergency lines
Dr Reddy's Help Line 0800 21 22 23
Pharmadynamics Police &Trauma Line 0800 20 50 26
Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline 0800 70 80 90
Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students 0800 41 42 43
ADHD Helpline 0800 55 44 33
Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline 0800 12 13 14/ SMS 32312
Suicide Crisis Line 0800 567 567/ SMS 31393

Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24 Hour
Our offices are open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm.
Our Fax number: 011 234 8182 or alternatively email Zane on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

0861 435 787

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

g) Professional help 

Dr Liddy Janse van Rensburg
Registered Social Worker BA (SW), MA (SocSc), PhD (Social Work), MEd (Higher Education), BSocScHons (Industrial Psychology), Registered Social Worker (SACSSP 10-04518)
Contact number: 082 3727 680
If you have difficulty in reaching me telephonically, please send me an SMS or Whatsapp and I will respond as soon as possible.
When you cannot reach me immediately in case of an EMERGENCY, please contact the Practice Manager at 083 559 5553.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Hermann Liebenberg
Psychologist [BA (Hons) Psych, MA Counsl Psych, DLitt et Phil Psychology]
Accredited Brain-profiler (NBI); EMDR  Level 1 and 2 Therapist and Certified Brainspotter
Registered with HPCSA
Contact number: 012-643 1594
Emergencies: 082 416 1324
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carien Human
M.Soc.Sc Counselling Psychology (UFS) (Cum Laude)
Contact number: 072 371 9737
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elaine Bing
MA (Counselling Psychology) UFS; DLitt et Phi (UNISA)
Contact numbers:012 344 4000 / 344 3334 / 082 784 6529
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Trudie Prinsloo
Director: Legalvetservices
Contact numbers: 023 614 1198 / 082 560 1359
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Articles and links:
Preventing addiction by connection:
https://youtu.be/ao8L-0nSYzg

Compassion fatigue:
http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/myth-compassion-fatigue-veterinary-medicine
http://www.bovinevetonline.com/news/industry/monitor-human-health-too
http://www.bovinevetonline.com/news/industry/look-out-you

Do you know this Simple Technique to Battle Compassion Fatigue? by Julie Squires
http://www.drandyroark.com/know-simple-technique-battle-compassion-fatigue/  Do You Know

Personal Wellness: Visit the link, register for free, and look through the section on Personal Wellness
https://www.vetvance.com/

Sometimes just getting reminded of the bigger picture helps:
http://www.drandyroark.com/letter-need-read-today/

COUNCIL
The South African Veterinary Council regulates the practising of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions and the registration of persons practising such professions. Council exercises effective control over professional conduct, determines the standards of professional conduct and encourages and promotes efficiency in and responsibility with regard to the practising of these professions. Council protects the interests of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions and maintains and enhances the prestige, status, dignity and integrity of the professions. Council advises the Minister in relation to any matter affecting these professions.

The role of the veterinary and para-veterinary professions in the economic subsistence of the Agricultural and Health Sectors of South Africa dare not be underestimated and therefore the importance placed on the effective regulation of these professions is vitally important to the South African community.

The South African Veterinary Council is a statutory body, referred to as the Council and is constituted as follows:

Term of office 1 August 2016 - 31 July 2019

STRUCTURE OF COUNCIL

Six members elected in the prescribed manner
Dr CP Marwick (president)
Dr JR Adam
Dr GAP Carlisle
Dr AP de Vos
Dr AJ Mohr
Dr CC Nkuna (vice-president)

Five members selected by the Minister of Agriculture
Dr T Chetty
Dr AC Fleming
Dr CL Mnqetha
Prof V Naidoo
Mr T Zokufa (non veterinarian)

One representative designated by the South African Veterinary Association
Dr J van Heerden

One representative of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, U.P. designated by the Minister of Agriculture
Prof D Holm

One member who is an officer of the Department of Agriculture and a registered veterinarian or specialist designated by the Minister
Dr MSM Molefe

One member designated by the Minister on account of his/her knowledge of law
Ms K Mogale

One member elected by each of the following professions
Veterinary Nurses

Sr T Lötter

Veterinary Technologists
Mr JJ Müller

Laboratory Animal Technologists
Mr CJJ Bester

Animal Health Technicians
Mr MW Kutu

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Dr CP Marwick (President)
Dr CC Nkuna (Vice-President)
Dr AC Fleming (Member)

The Executive Committee exercises all the powers and performs all the functions of Council during periods between meetings. Any decision taken or act performed by or on the authority of the Executive Committee are in full force and effect, unless it is set aside or amended by full council.

CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CPD ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE

Dr J van Heerden  - Chairperson
One other member: Dr R Lobetti

Expertise would be co-opted as and when required by the applications for CPD accreditation received.
Meeting dates: The CPD Accreditation Committee consists of two members and liaise electronically.
All applications for activity accreditation should be submitted to Lenora Erasmus on   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. following the guidelines as outlined in [ADD LINK]

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Dr AC Fleming - Chairperson  and veterinarian representing private practitioners
Dr CL Mnqeta - Veterinarian representing state veterinarians
Dr T Chetty - Veterinarian designated by minister
Prof D Holm - Faculty of Veterinary Science, UP representative
Sr T Lötter - Veterinary Nurse
Mr JJ Müller - Veterinary Technologist
Mr CJJ Bester - Laboratory Animal Technologist
Mr MW Kutu - Animal Health Technician

Co-opted members (Representatives of the training institutions)
Dr C Boshoff - TUT representative
Dr J Oguttu – UNISA representative
Dr M Mwanza – NWU representative
Dr N Ndudane – TARDI representative
Prof V Naidoo - UP representative

Any applications and/or submissions for the attention of the Education Committee should be submitted to Leonie Westcott, Director Education on    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   and to Lenora Erasmus, Education Co-ordinator on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  No late submissions will be considered.

Refer to Dates: Submissions & Applications for Education Committee meeting dates.

The Education Committee investigates and monitors all aspects of the veterinary and para-veterinary undergraduate standards for registration, including examination standards and teaching facilities and reports regularly to the Council.

The SAVC Education Committee deals, inter alia, with the following:

LIAISON

  • All matters related to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) e.g. designation descriptors; loading of data on the National Learners’ Records Data Base (NLRD); representation on working groups e.g. Working Group on Unfair Exclusionary Practices by Professional Bodies; taking part in stakeholder surveys e.g. the use of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to award Professional Designations, etc.
  • The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
  • The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
  • The Council on Higher Education (CHE)
  • The Independent Professional Body Forum

VISITATIONS
Visitations to tertiary training institutions:

  • Follow-up and report on deficiencies identified as part of a previous visitation
  • Planning, including appointment of the team and co-ordination of a visitation
  • Visitation Guidelines           

GLOBAL ACCREDITATION OF QUALIFICATIONS AND RECOGNITION OF VISITS

  • Mutual agreements between the SAVC and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), the SAVC and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
  • SAVC representation as observer at visitation / examination and attendance at conferences

MONITORING STANDARDS OF TRAINING
Monitoring of all subjects in all programmes:

Animal Health

UNISA (National Diploma - Animal Health)

North West University (NWU), The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
and Technology (FAST) (Diploma and Degree - Animal Health)

Veterinary Science University of Pretoria (UP), The Faculty of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Veterinary Nursing University of Pretoria (UP), The Faculty of Veterinary Science (DVN)
Veterinary Technology Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitoring guidelines and forms used for BVSc and DVN (UP); Animal Health (NWU and UNISA) and Veterinary Technology (TUT) are revised and updated.

Annual reporting from the Veterinary Faculty, including applications and admissions are reviewed.

General examination matters are regularly reviewed, e.g. examination documents; revision of the SAVC question data bank, etc.

All examination applications for the Full Registration Examination should reach Lenora Erasmus on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by NO later than 1 April [annually]. For more information on the examinations, select the Professions menubar option on the home page of www.savc.org.za,  select the relevant profession and then find the examination information in the bar on the left hand side of the page.

Appointment of an examination officer, moderators and examiners for the annual SAVC Full Registration Examination for veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal health technicians and veterinary technologists. Reviewing the examination process and results before submission to Council. Consideration of Competency Specific Registration (CSR) Examinations.

All training matters related to laboratory animal technologists, veterinary nurses, animal health technicians and veterinary technologists.

New para-veterinary professions, e.g. veterinary welfare assistants, veterinary physical rehabilitation, etc.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Dr JR Adam – Chairperson, Veterinarian
Dr CP Marwick – Veterinarian
Dr PT Oberem – Veterinarian, co-opted member

The tribunals for Council inquiries are constituted of the Chairperson who is a member of Council and one other Council member or member who served previously and two private practitioners or members relevant to the case

Ad hoc prosecutors are currently appointed by Council in terms of Section 32 (2) of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act to act as the pro forma complainants at Council inquiries and leads the evidence on behalf of the Council at these inquiries.

 

FOOD SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE (FSS)

Dr MSM Molefe - Chairperson
Dr CP Marwick - President
Prof V Naidoo - Medicines expert
Dr PT Oberem - industry representative to be co-opted
Dr CC  Nkuna - representative of the Animal Health Forum
Mr T Zokufa - industry representative [meat hygiene]
Dr JR Adam - representing private practice veterinarians
Prof M Van Vuuren [Director]
The Chairperson would co-opt other Councillors

HERITAGE COMMITTEE

Dr AP de Vos - Chairperson, South African Veterinary Council [SAVC]
Dr A Snijders - South African Veterinary Association [SAVA]
Dr P Mutowembwa - Black Veterinary Forum [BVF]
Dr CL Mnqeta - Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries [DAFF]
Mr WM Kutu [Para-veterinary representative]

 

INSPECTIONS COMMITTEE

Sr T Lötter (Chairperson)
Dr A Erasmus
Dr CP Marwick
Dr P Smit - Small Animal Practitioner, to be co-opted
Dr P Caldwell - Wildlife Practitioner, to be co-opted

Inspections Committee Terms of Reference (TOR)

a.)  The Inspections Committee will meet regularly to address the workload when, and as required;
b.) The Chairperson and two co-opted members may meet to decide on matters pertaining to facilities;
c.) The Committee will:

  • Review the minimum standards for facilities and Veterinary Shops (“Vetshop” is a registered Trademark registered in the name of the SAVA and cannot be used without permission of the SAVA), before submitting their recommendations to Council for approval. Each Committee member will be allocated a specific section of the said standards to review, where after all inputs will be integrated before submission;
  • Assess and evaluate applications received from registered members to act as inspectors for routine inspections. It will further identify members for ad hoc inspections (All new Inspectors will have to attend a training session conducted by experienced Inspectors, as well as identify registered professionals who can assist in the training of the new Inspectors). It was further proposed that all Committee members attend such a training session in order for the Committee to have the same experience and to communicated thus from the same point of reference;
  • Evaluate standards of practice by assessing the self-evaluation reports submitted by the principals of facilities which are not compliant with the normal requirements (clinical practice, diagnostic and research laboratories, abattoirs) and reports submitted by the inspectors. Where there are deficiencies, the Committee will communicate those shortcomings to the principals of such facilities and make recommendations on how the situation should be addressed;
  • Evaluate applications for exemption from compliance with the minimum standards for facilities and veterinary shops;
  • The Committee will negotiate and deliberate on the standards for facilities to be used for Compulsory Community Service;
  • Decide on the appropriate naming of facilities which do not comply with the naming guidelines as prescribed, with the sole purpose to avoid conflict in the profession; and
  • Make recommendations to Council on the minimum standards for veterinary facilities, the accreditation of facilities, applications for exemptions, and the appointment of inspectors to ensure that high standards of facilities in the profession are maintained.

 

INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE

Dr Glen Carlisle (Chairperson)
Dr AC Fleming (Councillor)
Mr MW Kutu (Councillor) If and when
Dr BM Modisane-State Veterinary Services
Dr M Lawrence-Large Animal Practitioner
Dr M Verseput-Small Animal Practitioner

The Chairperson will co-opt members as and when expertise is required depending on the nature of complaints received.

The Committee screens complaints lodged with Council.  These complaints are evaluated with the replies received from the respondents against whom complaints were lodged. The committee, after scrutiny of complaints , inter alia recommends that a formal inquiry should be held, that there were no grounds for a complaint, that a decision could not be made on the information submitted and that further information should be obtained; or acts in terms of Rule 35 (5) of the rules.

The Chairpersons of all committees are members of Council.

Members with relevant expertise are co-opted onto the committee as and when required.

Inquiries: Inquiry Body

 

REGISTRATION & AUTHORISATION COMMITTEE

Dr CC Nkuna (Chairperson)
Dr T Chetty-  Representing veterinarians
Mr T Zokufa - Portfolio Animal Welfare
Sr T Lötter - Veterinary Nurse profession
Mr JJ Müller - Veterinary technologist
Mr MW Kutu - Animal Health Technician profession
Mr CJJ Bester - Laboratory Animal Technologist

The Committee will consider applications submitted as follows:

  • Authorisation in terms of Section 23 (1) (c).  These applications must be submitted by the employers, who must also motivate the need for the applications.  This is a special dispensation and authorisation must first be obtained before the employee may render the service of a veterinarian or para-veterinarian.
    Click on this link for full details:
    http://www.savc.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43&Itemid=244
  • First registration with the SAVC after a period of 3 years has lapsed from obtaining a prescribed qualification.  These applications are submitted by the individuals seeking registration. Registration must first be obtained before the applicants may commence to work as a professional.
    Click on this link for full details:
    http://www.savc.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=272&Itemid=285
  • Re-registration with the SAVC after a period of 3 years has lapsed since the individual was last registered with the SAVC. These applications are submitted by the individuals seeking re-registration. Proof that the applicant kept abreast of his/her profession during the period of removal from the register must also be submitted. Re-registration must first be obtained before the applicant may commence to work as a professional again.
    Click on this link for full details:
    http://www.savc.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=273&Itemid=286
  • Competence Specific Registration [CSR].These applications must be submitted by the individuals seeking CSR. Applications must be supported by  motivations from the prospective employers for the need to employ the persons with the particular competencies/expertise. This is a special dispensation and CSR must first be obtained before the employee may render the services of a veterinarian or para-veterinarian.
    Click on this link for full details:
    http://www.savc.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=246

For full details please contact:
Ms Talita Coetzee, Registration Coordinator, at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with regard to all enquiries relating to authorisation and competence specific registration, automatic registrations, registration for the first time after 3 years has lapsed since obtaining a pre-scribed qualification, and re-registration after 3 years has lapsed since last being registered with the SAVC.

 

REVIEW COMMITTEE

Dr AP de Vos [Chairperson]
Ms K Mogale - A Councillor with knowledge of law
Prof V Naidoo - A person with knowledge of legislation relating to medicines

Chairpersons of-
The Food Safety and Security Committee, Dr Molefe
The Investigation Committee, Dr Carlisle
The Registration and Authorisation Committee, Dr Nkuna
The Inspections Committee, Sr Lötter
(Code of Conduct and Practice also falls under the Review Committee)

Co-opted members
Dr CP Marwick
Dr J Van Heerden

Members may contact the administration directly at Tel: 27(12) 345 6360 Fax: 27 (12) 345 6369  should they wish to submit any proposals for updating the Code of Conduct and Practice for Veterinarians.

 

SPECIALIST COMMITTEE

Dr AJ Mohr – chairperson
Dr R Lobetti – represents companion animals
Dr N Fourie – represents production animals
Dr J Benade – represents wildlife
Dr G Zeiler – represents the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria

Any submissions for the attention of the Committee on Specialisation should be submitted to Leonie Westcott, Director Education on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to Lenora Erasmus, Education Co-ordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
No late submissions will be considered.

Refer to Latest Meeting Dates for Committee on Specialisation meeting dates.

The SAVC Committee on Specialisation deals, inter alia, with the following:

  • Monitoring the standards of training for the M.Med.Vet programmes by appointing monitors.
  • Establishing criteria for all disciplines or fields. Looking at specific criteria for each discipline.
  • Reviewing the minimum requirements for registration as a veterinary specialist.
  • South African Veterinary specialisation and global issues, e.g. SAVC representation at the EBVS Annual Meeting; perusing the EBVS Newsletter; dealing with specialisation in South Africa compared to the RCVS and others.
  • The scope of monitoring standards and compliance with minimum standards.
  • Projected future need for specialisation in VPH.
  • Requirements for specialisation: supervisors and training - application for peer review qualifications/experience.

 

STANDARDS COMMITTEE

Prof Vinny Naidoo (chairperson)
Mr JJ Müller
Sr T Lötter
Dr T Chetty
Dr K Joubert


PUBLIC RELATIONS JOINT COMMITTEE

Dr Clive Marwick in liaison with other stakeholders

 

FINAL NEW LEGISLATION – 9 NOVEMBER 2015

Animal Health Technicians

Laboratory Animal Technologists

Veterinary Nurses

Veterinary Technologists

Veterinary Physiotherapists

 

Please submit detailed input to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by latest 13 May 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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