Authorisation: All veterinary and para veterinary services (Section 23.1(c))

South African Veterinary Council

AUTHORISATION : SECTION 23 (1) (c)

THIS POLICY GUIDELINE HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY AN AD HOC COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL AND THE POLICY WAS APPROVED BY COUNCIL ON 28 MAY 2002

AUTHORISATION IN TERMS OF
SECTION 23(1)(c) OF THE VETERINARY

AND PARA-VETERINARY PROFESSIONS ACT



Section 23 of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act (Act 19 of 1982) prohibits unregistered persons from practising any of the professions referred to in the Act or performing any of the procedures referred to in the Act. Whereas the Council would prefer all services rendered and/or procedures performed in terms of the Act to be rendered/performed by registered individuals, it recognises the need for such services to be rendered/procedures to be performed by other individuals under specific circumstances from time to time.

SECTION 23(1)(c) permits the Veterinary Council to authorise a non-registered person in writing to render FOR GAIN a service deemed to pertain specially to a veterinary or para-veterinary profession. Gain can be direct or indirect for own account or within the scope of employment with any employer, including the State, and includes professional experience gained as a result of such employment. The authority granted is subject to such conditions as the Council may determine.

Whereas the main objective of Council is to have all persons performing these activities registered as veterinary or para-veterinary professionals, authorisation is aimed at promoting good standards of practice and protecting the professions as well as members of the public through maintenance of the ethical code and disciplinary powers of the Council.

It must be noted that the practising of a veterinary or para-veterinary profession means the rendering of any service deemed by the rules to relate specially to the veterinary or relevant para-veterinary profession or the supplying or selling of any veterinary medicine, as defined. Specific attention is particularly given to the performing of any act aimed at the diagnosing, treating or preventing of any pathological condition in any animal or which constitutes a surgical operation on any animal.

The following information serves as a guideline for those who wish to make application to the Veterinary Council for authorisation in terms of Section 23 of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act (Act 19 of 1982) to render for gain a service deemed to pertain specially to a veterinary or para-veterinary profession.

All applicants should take note of the Council document relating to workpermits

 




GENERAL GUIDELINES TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION UNDER SECTION 23(1)(c)

Authorisation in terms of SECTION 23(1)(c) of the Act will be considered for persons in temporary or full-time employment of academic institutions, research institutions, industrial institutions, service organisations, animal welfare organisations and/or private employers upon receipt of the following from the relevant employer:

1. A standard application form together with a full curriculum vitae of the applicant;
2. Details of the employer, the registered person under whose supervision the applicant will work and the functions, procedures and tasks to be performed by the applicant;
3. Proof of the qualifications, competency, capabilities and training of the applicant;
4. Proof of the merit, need and/or importance to employ the applicant. Proof of the placement and a copy of the advertisement of the post in national media (and international media if applicable) the reason (s) why a locally registered individual could not be appointed, should also be provided; and
5. Payment of the appropriate non-refundable application fee.

No person may commence any activity or employment referred to above prior to approval of the application by the South African Veterinary Council and payment of the authorisation fee.

 

 




EXPLANATORY NOTES FOR AUTHORISATION IN TERMS OF SECTION 23(1)(c)

1. In all instances, authorisation will only be considered if the applicant has a firm offer of employment from a specific institution/organisation or private employer or is placed in an accredited academic/
2. training/research programme; Authorisation will only be considered if
3. the need for the service to be provided/procedure (s) to be performed is clearly motivated, proof is provided of the placement of a suitable advertisement for the post in the relevant media, and no suitable locally registered applicant could be appointed (details to be provided); Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years in respect of category A3 [service rendering] after which full registration must be obtained by examination. In all other instances, renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion;
4. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer in categories A1 and B2 [Industry], A2 and B3 [Research], B1 [Service rendering] and A4 [Training] may be considered at Council’s discretion;
5. The scope of procedures to be performed should include a list of activities and/or procedures which the individual would be expected to perform with proven evidence of competency as may be required;
6. Persons so authorised will be subject to the code of conduct, ethical rules and disciplinary powers of the Council;
7. Supervision

Where applicable, the authorisation shall specify whether the individual has to perform his/her duties under the direction, supervision or direct and continuous supervision of the relevant responsible designated person registered with Council.

Direction means that the designated person gives the authorised person directions but is not necessarily present when the procedures are carried out;
Supervision means that the designated person is present and in a position to assist, yet is not necessarily at the authorised person’s side or in the same room; and
Direct and continuous supervision means that the designated person is present and giving the authorised person and the animal (where applicable) his/her undivided attention; and

8. The responsibility for ensuring adherence to the conditions of authorisation rests with the employer, failing which, authorisation may be withdrawn.

A. CATEGORIES OF ACTIVITIES IN WHICH PERSONS WITH VETERINARY QUALIFICATIONS NOT RECOGNISED BY COUNCIL WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR AUTHORISATION

1. Industry

2. Research

3. Service-rendering (animal welfare, embryo transfer, state veterinary service, etc.)

4. Training (Educational)

B. CATEGORIES OF ACTIVITIES IN WHICH PERSONS WITHOUT VETERINARY AND/OR PARA-VETERINARY QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY COUNCIL FOR AUTHORISATION

1. Service rendering (animal welfare, embryo transfer)

2. Industry

3. Research

4. Training (Educational)

Authorisation in both categories A and B will be considered in relation/with specific reference to:

1. A specific employer or institution;
2. A specific duration;
3. The scope of procedures to be performed and the proven competency of the applicant;
4. Specific requirements/limitations which may be imposed on the applicant; and
5. A suitably registered supervising professional.

GUIDELINES FOR RESEARCH AND INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTIONS IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY A1 [INDUSTRY] AND A2 [RESEARCH]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those duties related to the research and/or industrial activities which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the research or industrial institution;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion;
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties;
4. In both instances, confirmation of adherence to international Good Practice Guidelines and/or adherence to the National Code on Animal Experimentation should be provided;
5. In the case of category A2 a recommendation from the relevant institution’s Animal Ethics Committee should accompany the application;
6. The composition of the aforementioned Animal Ethics Committee should conform to the National Code on Animal Experimentation; and
7. The Animal Ethics Committee should ensure that the applicant is competent to perform the procedure/s for which authorisation is sought. Certification of competency should be signed by both the veterinarian serving on and the chairperson of the Animal Ethics Committee.

 

GUIDELINES FOR INSTITUTIONS AND PRIVATE EMPLOYERS IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY A3 [SERVICE-RENDERING]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those duties related to service-rendering activities which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the institution or private employer; and
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years after which full registration must be obtained by examination.

GUIDELINES FOR UNIVERSITIES IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY A4 [TRAINING]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those activities relating to teaching, research, service-rendering and/or professional development which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of or placed in a specific academic/research programme of the academic institution;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion; and
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties except where such duties are predominantly of a service-rendering nature which involve the practising of a veterinary profession as defined in the Act. In this instance, authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years after which full registration must be obtained by examination.

GUIDELINES FOR INSTITUTIONS, ORGANISATIONS AND PRIVATE EMPLOYERS IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY B1 [SERVICE-RENDERING]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those procedures listed in the application which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary or para-veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the relevant institution, organisation or business (A positive report on the inspection of a facility wherefrom the authorised person will work is a requirement in this category);
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion; and
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.

GUIDELINES FOR INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANISATIONS IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY B2 [INDUSTRY] AND B3 [RESEARCH]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those duties relating to the industrial/research activities of the institution or organisation which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary or para-veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the relevant institution or organisation;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion;
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties;
4. In both instances, confirmation of adherence to international Good Practice Guidelines and/or adherence to the National Code on Animal Experimentation should be provided;
5. In the case of category B3 a recommendation from the relevant institution’s Animal Ethics Committee should accompany the application;
6. The composition of the aforementioned Animal Ethics Committee should conform to the National Code on Animal Experimentation; and
7. The Animal Ethics Committee should ensure that the applicant is competent to perform the procedure/s for which authorisation is sought. Certification of competency should be signed by both the veterinarian serving on and the chairperson of the Animal Ethics Committee.

GUIDELINES FOR UNIVERSITIES IN RESPECT OF APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY B4 [TRAINING]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those activities relating to teaching, research, service-rendering and/or professional development which would normally involve the practising of a veterinary or para-veterinary profession as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of or placed in a specific academic/research programme of the academic institution;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years. Renewal of authorisation may be considered at Council’s discretion. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion; and
3. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.



GUIDELINES TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION OF VETERINARY NURSES IN TERMS OF
SECTION 23(1)(c)

1.

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION

The guidelines below are in addition to those already mentioned in the preamble, general guidelines and explanatory notes.

Persons so authorised will be subject to the disciplinary powers of Council, as well as subject to the Code of Conduct for Veterinary Nurses.

2.

GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY B1 [SERVICE RENDERING), B2 (INDUSTRY), B3(RESEARCH) AND B4(TRAINING AND EDUCATION)]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those duties and/or functions and/or activities which would normally involve the practising of the profession of a veterinary nurse as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the relevant institution; and
2. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment and is subject to enrollment, in an accredited learning program, with the intention of obtaining the minimum required qualification for registration as a veterinary nurse with Council. Subsequent applications for authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, on receipt of a satisfactory progress report in the accredited learning program and submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.

C. GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS WITH APPROPRIATE TRAINING.

1. Appropriate training is defined as at least two to three years experience performing duties, functions and activities in a veterinary practice and relevant para-veterinary qualifications not recognised by Council;
2. Authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, for persons under the employed supervision of a person registered with Council (see explanatory notes); and
3. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of two years.

D. GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS WITHOUT APPROPRIATE TRAINING.

1.

Authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, on proof of enrollment in an accredited learning program with proof of intention of acquiring the appropriate training and the minimum required qualification for registration as a veterinary nurse with Council;
2. Authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, for persons under the employed, direct and continuous supervision of a person registered with Council (see explanatory notes); and
3. Authorisation to be reviewed on a yearly basis.

 




GUIDELINES TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION OF VETERINARY TECHNOLOGISTS IN TERMS OF
SECTION 23(1)(c)

1. SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION

1. The guidelines below are in addition to those already mentioned in the preamble, general guidelines and explanatory notes; and
2. Persons so authorised will be subject to the code of conduct for Veterinary Technologists as well as that of the South African Association of Veterinary Technologists (SAAVT), the ethical rules of Council and a recognised ethical committee (if applicable) and the disciplinary powers of Council.

2. GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS IN CATEGORY B1 [SERVICE RENDERING), B2(INDUSTRY), B3(RESEARCH) AND B4(TRAINING AND EDUCATION)]

1. Authorisation will be restricted to those duties and/or functions and/or activities which would normally involve the practising of the profession of a veterinary technologist as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the relevant institution;
2. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years;
3. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer may be considered at Council’s discretion;
4. Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in fixed employment and is subject to enrollment, in an accredited learning program, with the intention of obtaining the minimum requirement qualification for registration as a veterinary technologist with Council. Subsequent applications for authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, on receipt of a satisfactory progress in the accredited learning program and submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties; and
5. In both instances, confirmation of adherence to international Good Practice Guidelines and/or adherence to the National Code on Animal Experimentation should be provided.

C. GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS WITH APPROPRIATE TRAINING.

1. Appropriate training is defined as at least two to three years experience performing duties, functions and activities in a veterinary laboratory and/ or related veterinary or para-veterinary qualifications not recognised by Council; and
2. Authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, for persons under the employed supervision of a person registered with Council (see explanatory notes).

D. GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS WITHOUT APPROPRIATE TRAINING.

1. Authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, on proof of enrollment in an accredited learning program with the intention of acquiring the appropriate training and the minimum required qualification for registration as a veterinary technologist with Council; and
2. Authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, for persons under the employed, direct and continuous supervision of a person registered with Council (see explanatory notes).

 

 



GUIDELINES TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION OF LABORATORY ANIMAL TECHNOLOGIST IN TERMS OF SECTION 23(1)(c)

A. GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION

PLEASE NOTE: Authorisation shall only be granted until the relevant courses are available and in place, viz.
1.A relevant Diploma in Laboratory Animal Technology/Veterinary Technology for persons practising the profession of Laboratory Animal Technology

2.Short courses etc.

Thereafter no person shall be allowed to perform the tasks deemed to be that of the profession of Laboratory Animal Technologist, that is without the prescribed qualification. Until such time authorisation will be granted according to the following terms:

Authorisation in terms of SECTION 23(1)(c) of the Act will be considered for temporary or full-time employment for individuals employed by academic institutions/research, institutions/industrial, institutions/service, organisations or private employers upon receipt of the following from the relevant employer:

a.An application form and motivation together with full personal and academic details of the applicant;

b.Details of the employer; the person under whose auspices the applicant will work; the functions, procedures and tasks to be performed by the applicant. In the case of an academic institution details of the relevant subject and/or discipline must be provided by the employer

c.Details of the qualifications, competency, capabilities, training and stature of the applicant. In the case of an academic, research or industrial institution a curriculum vitae is to accompany the application;

d.Details of the merit, need and/or importance to employ the applicant must also be included in the motivation;

e.No person should commence any activity or employment referred to above prior to approval of an application which should reach the office of the South African Veterinary Council at least 14 days before Council meetings, which are normally held towards the end of every second month, commencing in January;

f.The course of conduct of a Laboratory Animal Technologist will become applicable to applicants authorised in terms of SECTION 23(1)(c); and

g.Payment of authorisation fee will only be due after approval of an application.

B. GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISATION OF APPLICANTS WITH APPROPRIATE TRAINING

Again this should fall away as soon as courses are available.

Appropriate training is defined as a person having at least two to three years experience working with research animals, having supervised animal related projects as well as having the capabilities to carry out specific procedures relating to laboratory/research animals and have a veterinary and/or medical background.

a.Authorisation will be restricted to those activities related to teaching, research, industrial activities and/or diagnostic procedures which would normally involve the practising of the profession of Laboratory Animal Technology as defined in the Act and performed on behalf of and whilst in the employ of the relevant institution;

b.Authorisation will only be considered for persons working under the employed supervision of either a fully registered veterinarian in terms of the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Act, or under a fully registered medical/dental practitioner;

c.Authorisation will be limited to procedures specified in the application in accordance with the scope of the general and specific services pertaining to laboratory animal technologists in terms of the Act;

d.Authorisation will be restricted to those procedures in which competency is supported by testimonials from persons authorised by the South African Veterinary Council;

e.Authorisation will be for a specific period of time not exceeding two years unless the individual accepts a permanent appointment in which case renewal of authorisation should be applied for before expiry of the first two year period and before expiry of each and every five year period thereafter; and

f.Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in permanent employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.

c.GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISATION OF APPLICANTS WITHOUT APPROPRIATE TRAINING

Again this should fall away as soon as courses are available.

a.Authorisation will be restricted to activities related to teaching and for research which would normally involve the practising of the profession of Laboratory Animal Technology as defined in the Act and performed whilst registered at an academic institution or in the employ of a research or industrial institution;

b.Authorisation will be granted provisionally subject to the applicant acquiring appropriate training and competency in the procedure (s) for which application is being made and on receipt of a satisfactory report submitted by the academic institution or employer and person under whose supervision the candidate performs the procedure (s);

c.Authorisation will only be considered for persons performing the procedure (s) under the supervision of either a fully registered veterinarian or laboratory animal technologist registered in terms of the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Professions Act or under a fully registered Medical/Dental practitioner with a background in laboratory animal science;

d.Authorisation will be for a specific period of time not exceeding two years unless the individual accept a permanent appointment in which case renewal of authorisation should be applied for before expiring of the first two year period and before expiry of each and every five year period thereafter; and

e.Renewal of authorisation will only be considered for individuals in permanent employment on receipt of a satisfactory status report submitted by the institution and person under whose supervision the candidate performs his or her duties.

Reviewed Policy Published 28 January 2002

 

 




WORKING PERMITS

The overriding consideration in dealing with applications for work permits is whether the employment or task to be undertaken cannot be performed by a South African citizen or an approved immigrant already residing in South Africa. It therefore follows that work permits are only granted in instances where South African citizens or other legal permanent residents are not available for appointment or cannot be trained for the position.

Employment opportunities are as a result of the prevailing economic climate in South Africa extremely limited and there is at present no special drive or project to attract foreign workers to South Africa. Even as far as the so-called scarce employment categories are concerned the position has worsened to the extent where professionally and technically qualified persons are being laid off and are finding it extremely difficult to secure alternative employment. It is for this reason currently a prerequisite that foreigners wishing to take up employment in South Africa, be in possession of firm and acceptable offers of employment commensurate with their training, qualifications and experience before an application for a work permit can be considered.

Employers wishing to introduce foreign workers to South Africa must obtain the permission of the Department of Home Affairs and be able to satisfy the department that they were unable to obtain the required personnel locally. Aspects which are in this regard taken into account are, inter alia, the following:

- Date on which the position (s) became available or vacant.

- Whether the vacancies were advertised and if so, in which papers or other suitable media and the number of insertions.

- Reasons why applicants from the South African labour market who may have responded to the advertisements could not be appointed.

- Whether the Department of Manpower, private employment bureaus or agencies or the relevant trade union or industrial council had been approached with regard to filling the vacancies.

- Whether a local unit can be trained to fill a specific position, even if a foreign specialist has to undertake the training for a limited period on contract.

- Whether the applicant appointed or to be appointed is in possession of any special qualifications, training and experience not obtainable in South Africa.

- In the case of senior positions, whether the proper filling of the vacancy or position by the promotion of existing personnel has received due consideration.

Section 26(2)(a) of the said act provides that an application for a work permit may only be made while the appointment is outside the Republic and such applicant shall not be allowed to enter the Republic until a valid permit has been issued to him or her. Applications must be submitted to the South African foreign office in or the nearest such office to the country of which the applicant is a valid passport holder or the country in which he normally resides and await the outcome prior to making arrangements for departure to South Africa.

Applications are subject to the payment of a non-refundable fee which is presently fixed at USD132 or the equivalent thereof in the monetary unit of the country where the application is submitted. Permits are valid for twelve (12) months and renewals thereof may be applied for in South Africa at a cost of R 520. (as at 01/6/02)

The department is also not averse to granting permits to key personnel seconded by corporate businesses to take up temporary employment in their local branches and to this end all South African foreign offices have been authorized to approve such applicants without referral to Head Office. These transfers should, however, be kept to the minimum required for the effective and smooth running of the business.

The Sub-directorate Temporary Residence of the Department deals with applications for work permits and may be contacted at telephone number (01... or facsimile numbers (012) 321 9890 should further information be required.

The department regularly liaises with the Department of Labour, the relevant trade unions, industrial councils, employers' and employees' organisations and various professional bodies regarding the availability of suitably qualified personnel on the local labour market, in order to fulfill a controlling function in the above regard.

 

 


 

SOME INTERPRETATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS

The following interpretations and qualifications have been developed in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs and must be read in conjunction with the part titled Work Permits. Often times the rules/regulations are not adequately interpreted by Statutory Councils, resulting in poor and erroneous application of the Law.

NOTE: The interpretations and qualifications captured hereunder are not all inclusive and therefore, it becomes necessary to develop them further and, in the event that Council is unclear on any matter the Department of Home Affairs must be contacted for clarity and/or for a final decision.

1. No individual will be allowed to change or apply for a change in his/her visa status whilst in the country for a specific purpose and in terms of the initial visa/permit that has been issued by the Department of Home Affairs. This constitutes a change of purpose and therefore, it is the duty of the Veterinary Council to check on permits at the time of authorisation.

2. A foreign veterinary graduate in any category of veterinary science that is desirous of registering with the South African Veterinary Council and is required to appear for an examination, will only be issued a temporary permit of the purposes of the examination and will be required to leave the country immediately after the examination, the said individual is required to make an application via the South African Mission in his/her country and has to fulfill all criteria as set out by the Department of Home Affairs, before a work permit can be issued. Home Affairs will and must be advised by the South African Veterinary Council before a work permit can be issued.

3. A reciprocal arrangement between statutory regulatory veterinary institutions and Councils only recognise veterinary qualifications for the purposes of practice, but does not automatically allow the said individual to work in South Africa.

An applicant must approach the South African Mission in his/her country, in order to obtain the necessary work permit. Again, it is the responsibility of the South African Veterinary Council to guide and inform the Department of Home Affairs if there has been any change of purpose on entering the Republic, and irrespective of a reciprocal arrangement, why the said expertise is required.

4. No foreign individual will be allowed to make an application to Home Affairs if he is already in the Republic for the issue of a work permit.

5. If a foreign veterinary student is issued a study permit, the permit is valid only for the purposes of study in South Africa, the period of study within a said veterinary faculty, subject to the conditions of the Department of Home Affairs. Immediately after his/her studies the said individual is required to leave South Africa and the period of study will not be considered for purposes of issuing either a work permit or permanent residence status.

6. It is the responsibility of the South African Veterinary Council to keep the Human Sciences Research Council (H.S.R.C.) abreast with developments in all matters concerning evaluation. That an evaluation conducted by the H.S.R.C. in no way takes precedence over the Statutory Regulatory Body.

7. The manpower situation in respect of veterinary professions must be constantly provided to the Department of Manpower, solely on the basis that the Department of Home Affairs in almost all cases approaches the Manpower Department when evaluating an application for entry into South African for work purposes.

8. In exceptional cases particularly in a rare field of specialisation or in the case of unique skills, the South African Veterinary Council may approach the Department of Home Affairs to issue a work permit for a particular period. Generally applicants at the under-graduate level will not be considered.

9. If an applicant is granted a work permit on the basis of a contract tenure offered to him/her by the employer in a specialised field as stated in (8) above, such person must leave the country after the contract period. In the event that the contract is renewed, the period of work in the Republic will not be considered for purposes of citizenship and/or permanent residence.

10. No veterinary professional who is a foreigner/expatriate may write the South African Veterinary Council examination unless he/she is in possession of a valid study, work or other visitor's permit issued by the Department of Interior or is legally in the country.