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

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 work permits.

 


GENERAL GUIDELINES


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.

 


GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISATION OF VETERINARIANS IN TERMS OF 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, (the Act) 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 is indirect 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.  
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 prescribing and supplying or of any veterinary medicine, as regulated by the Act, as well as the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, Act 101 of 1965. Specific attention is particularly given to the performing of any act aimed at the diagnosing, treating or preventing of any pathological or physiological condition in any animal or which constitutes a surgical procedure 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 work permits.


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 person to be authorised;
  2. Details of the employer, the registered person under whose supervision the person to be authorised will work and the functions, procedures and tasks to be performed by that person and the signed agreement between employer, supervisor (if applicable) and person to be authorised (Job profile);
  3. Letter of Intent from the employer and the supervisor;
  4. Proof of the qualifications, competency, capabilities and training of the person to be authorised;
  5. Proof of the merit, need and/or importance to employ the person to be authorised.
  6. Proof of the placement and a copy of the advertisement for the services of a registered veterinary or para-veterinary professional placed in either the SAVC newsletter, the SAVC website, the relevant publication which target the relevant veterinary or para-veterinary profession, not dated more than six months before the date of the application;
  7. Such advertisement must be placed prior to the person to be authorised commencing employment in the capacity for which authorisation is sought;
  8. The full reason (s) why a locally registered individual could not be appointed, must be provided together with the list of all persons whom applied for the position, proof of interviews held and the reasons why each candidate interviewed are not employable; and
  9. 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, the issuing of the signed certificate of authorisation and payment of the authorisation fee. No application will be considered if not all requirements were received.


 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/training/research programme;
  2. Authorisation will only be considered if 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);
  3. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years in respect of category A3 [service rendering] during which period full registration must be obtained by passing the Council 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. The person to be authorized must irrevocably subject him/herself to the disciplinary authority vested in the SAVC, should authorisation be granted;
  8. The SAVC shall specify to which level of supervision as set out below, the authorized person will be subject
    •   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;
  9. Persons appointed in Key-point positions will only be authorised on condition that they sit and pass the Veterinary Jurisprudence and Ethics examination;
  10. Authorisation for persons in key-point positions will not be renewed unless these persons have sat and passed the Veterinary Jurisprudence and Ethics examination; and
  11. The responsibility for ensuring adherence to the conditions of authorisation rests with the employer, failing which, authorisation may be withdrawn.
  12. Applications for renewal of authorisation must be submitted at least four months prior to the expiry date of the authorisation.

Key-point – means a position which is of vital importance to the community or society as a whole e.g. export and import trade, disease surveillance.  

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 during 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 during 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.

 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, must 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.

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISATION OF VETERINARY NURSES IN TERMS OF 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, (the Act) 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 is indirect 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.  
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 prescribing and supplying or of any veterinary medicine, as regulated by the Act, as well as the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, Act 101 of 1965. Specific attention is particularly given to the performing of any act aimed at the diagnosing, treating or preventing of any pathological or physiological condition in any animal or which constitutes a surgical procedure 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 work permits.


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 person to be authorised;
  2. Details of the employer, the registered person under whose supervision the person to be authorised will work and the functions, procedures and tasks to be performed by that person and the signed agreement between employer, supervisor (if applicable) and person to be authorised (Job profile);
  3. Letter of Intent from the employer and the supervisor;
  4. Proof of the qualifications, competency, capabilities and training of the person to be authorised;
  5. Proof of the merit, need and/or importance to employ the person to be authorised.
  6. Proof of the placement and a copy of the advertisement for the services of a registered veterinary or para-veterinary professional placed in either the SAVC newsletter, the SAVC website, the relevant publication which target the relevant veterinary or para-veterinary profession, not dated more than six months before the date of the application;
  7. Such advertisement must be placed prior to the person to be authorised commencing employment in the capacity for which authorisation is sought;
  8. The full reason (s) why a locally registered individual could not be appointed, must be provided together with the list of all persons whom applied for the position, proof of interviews held and the reasons why each candidate interviewed are not employable; and
  9. 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, the issuing of the signed certificate of authorisation and payment of the authorisation fee. No application will be considered if not all requirements were received.


 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/training/research programme;
  2. Authorisation will only be considered if 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);
  3. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years in respect of category A3 [service rendering] during which period full registration must be obtained by passing the Council 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. The person to be authorized must irrevocably subject him/herself to the disciplinary authority vested in the SAVC, should authorisation be granted;
  8. The SAVC shall specify to which level of supervision as set out below, the authorized person will be subject
    •   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;
  9. Persons appointed in Key-point positions will only be authorised on condition that they sit and pass the Veterinary Jurisprudence and Ethics examination;
  10. Authorisation for persons in key-point positions will not be renewed unless these persons have sat and passed the Veterinary Jurisprudence and Ethics examination; and
  11. The responsibility for ensuring adherence to the conditions of authorisation rests with the employer, failing which, authorisation may be withdrawn.
  12. Applications for renewal of authorisation must be submitted at least four months prior to the expiry date of the authorisation.
  13. Authorisation is employer specific and may not be transferred to a different employer.

Key-point – means a position which is of vital importance to the community or society as a whole e.g. export and import trade, disease surveillance.  


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 refers to theoretical training similar to the training requirements for automatic registration as determined by the Education / Standards Committees of the SAVC
  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, where after the candidate has to pass the SAVC exam.

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 or other para-veterinary profession or certified profession with Council;
  2. Authorisation will only be considered, at the discretion of Council, for persons in fixed employment with, and under the direct and continuous supervision of a person registered with Council (see explanatory notes); and
  3. Authorisation will only be considered for limited scope of practice and will only be valid for two years.
    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, must 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. (see advertising guidelines)
  • 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.
 
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 or para-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. 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.
  6. The manpower situation in respect of veterinary professions  and para-veterinary profession 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. No veterinary or para- 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.

 

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISATION OF VETERINARY TECHNOLOGISTS IN TERMS OF 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


PREAMBLE
Section 23 of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, Act 19 of 1982, (the Act) 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 and its regulations and rules. Council does however recognises the need for such services to under special circumstance to be rendered/procedures to be performed by other individuals for a specified period of 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 is indirect within the scope of employment with any employer, including the State, and includes professional experience gained as a result of such employment. The authorisation granted is subject to such conditions as the Council may determine.

Authorisation is not to be seen as a short cut for persons without the prescribed qualifications into any of the professions and therefore authorisation is only granted for a specified period of time (1-2 years) in order to assist employers to employ appropriately qualified and registered Veterinary Technology professionals.

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 Specific attention is particularly given to the performing of any act aimed at the diagnosing, treating or preventing of any pathological or physiological condition in any animal or which constitutes a surgical procedure 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 the Para-veterinary profession of Veterinary Technologist.

All applicants should take note of the Council document relating to work permits.

1.    WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY

Authorisation will only be considered for persons who meet all of the criteria listed in this section.  These criteria do however not negate any of the other requirements as set out within the rest of this document.

  1. Who performs any or all of the duties listed in Section 2;
  2. Who has a firm offer of employment at a registered laboratory facility with the South African Veterinary Council?

    And is in possession of one of the following qualifications;
    •   National Diploma in Biomedical Technology
    •   National Diploma in Biotechnology
    •   BSc degree in relevant related scientific field of study e.g. Microbiology, Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology & Parasitology
    •   Masters degree in the relevant related scientific field of study as above.
    •   PhD degree in the relevant related scientific field of study as above.

  3. A person not registered in terms of the Act and who does not possess the prescribed qualification, but are in possession of one of the listed qualifications listed above, may be considered for authorisation for the purposes of Veterinary related research, production of veterinary vaccines and the control and management of disease outbreak and monitoring where there are insufficient human resources available to contain the outbreak.
  4. Authorisation may also be considered for Veterinary technologists whom lapsed their registration with council for a period longer than three years and want to re-register after passing the full council examination.
  5. Authorisation may be considered and provided to foreign applicants that hold an equivalent similar qualification, immigrating to South Africa and want to work in the Professional field.


2.    DUTIES OR SERVICES CONSIDERED TO PERTAIN SPECIALLY TO THE PARA-VETERINARY PROFESSION OF VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY (as per Section 2 of the Rules pertaining to the Para-veterinary profession of Veterinary Technologist)

  1. Any laboratory analysis on any sample(s) from animal-, feed-, plant and/or environmental origin of which the test result will be used for diagnostic-, disease surveillance- and / or disease monitoring purposes or monitoring the health status of an animal, but excluding samples of human origin.
  2. The collection of samples, including blood smears, brain smears, impression smears, skin scrapings, urine samples, semen samples, sheath washes and faecal samples necessary for laboratory analysis. The collection of any samples by clinical procedure and/or anaesthesia and/or under the direct or indirect supervision and / or instruction of a veterinary professional are excluded from this rule.
  3. The collection of blood and other samples from donor animals used in the preparation of laboratory media and/or reagents such as but not limited to blood agar and blood reagents used in serological testing
  4. The collection of post mortem samples under the direct or indirect supervision and / or instruction of a veterinary professional.
  5. The evaluation of a sample submitted for laboratory testing for suitability.
  6. Determination of pregnancy, provided that the  veterinary technologist is registered as an inseminator and/or embryo transferor with the Registrar Animal Improvement in terms of the Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act No. 62 of 1998), for the purposes of artificial insemination and/or embryo transfer only.


3.    CONDITIONS FOR AUTHORISATION TO PERFORM THE FUNCTIONS OF A VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST 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 programme;
  2. Authorisation will only be considered if 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 locally registered applicant in possession of the prescribed qualification could be appointed (details to be provided);
  3. Authorisation will be valid for a maximum period of 2 years after which period the employer must re-advertise and employ a registered Veterinary Technologist; A unique separate registration number for authorised persons performing the duties of a veterinary technologist must be supplied by council. A shorter period of authorisation may also be considered by Council.
  4. The possibility of long-term authorisation as a result of fixed employment with the specific employer 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. The person to be authorized must irrevocably subject him/herself to the disciplinary authority vested in the SAVC, should authorisation be granted;
  8. The SAVC shall specify to which level of supervision as set out below, the authorized person will be subject
    a.    Direction means that the designated person gives the authorised person directions but is not necessarily present when the procedures are carried out;
    b.    Supervision means that the designated person is available in the building and in a position to assist, yet is not necessarily at the authorised person’s side or in the same room; and
    c.    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;
  9. Persons appointed in Key-point positions will only be authorised on condition that they sit and pass the Veterinary Jurisprudence and Ethics examination;
  10. The responsibility for ensuring adherence to the conditions of authorisation rests with the employer, failing which, authorisation may be withdrawn.
  11. Applications for renewal of authorisation must be submitted at least four months prior to the expiry date of the authorisation with proof of advertisements placed in the press, with relevant association and at the Tshwane University of Technology where Veterinary technologists are trained.

Key-point – means a position which is of vital importance to the community or society as a whole e.g. export and import trade, disease surveillance.


4.    GENERAL PROCEDURE TO MAKE APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION TO PERFORM THE FUNCTIONS OF A VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST 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 performing any or all of the duties in Section 2 and who meets the requirements set in Section 1, upon receipt of the following from the relevant employer.

It should be noted that no application will be considered unless all the documents listed have been received (Refer to Appendix A for a checklist):

  1. A standard application form;
  2. Copy of offer of employment;
  3. Proof of the placement and a copy of the advertisement for the services of a registered veterinary or Para-veterinary professional placed in either the SAVC newsletter, the SAVC website, the relevant publication which target the relevant veterinary or Para-veterinary profession, not dated more than six months before the date of the application for authorisation;
  4. Such advertisement must be placed prior to the person to be authorised commencing employment in the capacity for which authorisation is sought;
  5. The full reason(s) why a locally registered individual could not be appointed, must be provided together with the list of all persons whom applied for the position, proof of interviews held and the reasons why each candidate interviewed are not employable
  6. Details of the employer, the registered person under whose supervision the person to be authorised will work and the functions, procedures and tasks to be performed by that person and the signed agreement between employer, supervisor (if applicable) and person to be authorised (Complete Job profile);
  7. Letter of Intent from the employer and the supervisor;
  8. Full curriculum vitae of the person to be authorised;
  9. Proof of the qualifications (including the curriculum of qualification), competency, capabilities and training of the person to be authorised;
  10. Proof of the merit, need and/or importance to employ the person to be authorised; and
  11. 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, the issuing of the signed certificate of authorisation and payment of the authorisation fee. No application will be considered if not all requirements were received.


5.    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 must 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 fulfil a controlling function in the above regard.

 

6.    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 fulfil 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 or Para-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 require that the applicant 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 or Para Veterinary professional whom is a foreigner/expatriate may write the South African Veterinary Council full examination unless he/she is in possession of a valid study, work or other visitor's permit/visa issued by the Department of Home affairs or is legally in the country.


APPENDIX A: DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

 

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISATION OF RESEARCHES & LABORATORY ANIMAL TECHNOLOGIST IN TERMS OF 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

 

Policy – Applications for Scientific Purposes-Related Authorisation


A.    Background

The Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, Act 19 of 1982, provides for the authorisation of unregistered persons to render the procedures, functions or services pertaining to the profession of a veterinarian or para-veterinary professional, subject to such conditions as the South African Veterinary Council [SAVC] may determine from time to time and in each individual case.

Authorisation granted in terms of section 23[1][c] of Act 19 of 1982 may be granted on application, where a need for such authorisation is appropriately motivated, and in addition, the competence of the person for whom the application is made, including qualifications, expertise, knowledge and skills, including practical competence in procedures, has been formally confirmed.   
    
Requests have been received from the research community in South Africa for the streamlining of applications for authorisation of persons involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, in order to ensure that persons who perform veterinary or para-veterinary procedures, functions or services for scientific purposes may do so legally. The SAVC supports a faster, administratively simpler and more cost-effective authorisation process for such persons.

The SAVC has additionally created the voluntary option for Institutions to be formally recognised as SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institutions, which recognises and rewards confirmed good practice standards. [Note: This is distinct from the registration of Research Animal Facilities with the SAVC]. Benefits of formal Institutional Accreditation by the SAVC include significantly more frequent and faster review and approval processes for authorisation applications; simplified and administratively lighter application requirements for multiple persons in batch form; the option for select senior researchers to play a formal role in the supervision of authorised persons to ensure maintained competence; and a significantly reduced requirement for annual submission of status reports to the SAVC by institutions to confirm that authorised persons remain competent.

 

The process and conditions for the future authorisation of persons involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, are defined and described as follows:

B.    Definitions

1. Authorisation:

A special dispensation granted by the SAVC in terms of section 23[1][c] of Act 19 of 1982, to legitimise all relevant functions, procedures and services that are not performed by registered veterinarians or registered veterinary para-professionals. In all cases, authorisation for veterinary or para-veterinary procedures, services or functions, will be based on confirmed competency by a SAVC-registered veterinarian, sound knowledge, experience and training.

2. Confirmation of competence:

Confirmation of practical competence in procedures and functions, should be based on direct observation of procedural skill, according to current best practice standards. Appropriate records should be maintained, to establish a clear audit trail of competency assessments that have been performed and the objectivity of assessments.

3. Authorisation applications:

Applications for section 23[1][c] authorisation of unregistered persons, as submitted by institutions, organisations or research animal facilities to the SAVC’s Registration & Authorisation (R&A) committee for evaluation:

  1. In cases where animals are used for scientific purposes by SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institutions (see definition below), the quality-assurance provided by the institutional accreditation process, allows for a streamlined, administratively efficient and rapid processing of authorisation applications, including the potential for the electronic review of applications in batches (i.e. for groups of persons), where most applications may also be processed electronically between scheduled full R&A committee meetings. For such SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institutions, applications will be processed eight (8) times per year (electronic and at full R&A committee meetings – for Categories A, B and E) with turnaround times of twenty (20) working days from the submission deadline date; or four (4) times per year (at full R&A committee meetings – for Categories C, D and F) with turnaround times of forty (40) working days from the submission deadline date. SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institutions enjoy additional benefit in that submission of satisfactory status reports to the SAVC, which confirm the sustained competence of all authorised persons in authorised procedures, is only required once per year in batch form.
  2. In cases where animals are used for scientific purposes but not by SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institutions, authorisation applications must be submitted per person (i.e. individually per scientist / student / employee); have to be administratively significantly more comprehensive, in order to demonstrate how appropriate standards will be maintained outside of an SAVC-accredited environment (i.e. by addressing all of the requirements as for definition 3, below, with appropriate supporting evidence for each applicant); and requiring detailed review of individual applications (i.e. not in batches) in full R&A committee meetings, thus impacting unavoidably on turnaround times. These applications will take at least three months to process, but potentially significantly longer depending on the comprehensiveness of the application submitted. Institutions that are not Accredited by the SAVC have to submit satisfactory status reports to the SAVC, which confirm the sustained competence of all authorised persons in authorised procedures, twice per year on an individual basis, i.e. a separate report for each authorised person.

4. SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institution:

An institution, organisation or entity that meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Formal accreditation may be awarded to an institution, organisation or entity by the SAVC following a successful Institutional Accreditation application;
  2. Research animal facilities (or other relevant veterinary facilities) that comply with the minimum standards for research animal facilities (or other veterinary facilities) as defined by the SAVC in the Rules for the practising of veterinary professions; registered with the SAVC as research animal facilities (or other veterinary facilities); and for which only a registered veterinarian as the principal of the facilities takes responsibility for minimum standards.
  3. For SAVC-registered research animal facilities, a positive inspection report by a registered veterinarian or veterinary para-professional (SAVC-appointed Inspector), confirming acceptable compliance with the relevant minimum standards for research animal facilities and with the relevant legislation and national standards for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes;
  4. A registered veterinarian in its employment or have contracted a registered veterinarian to assess and supervise the work of the SAVC-authorised persons [as well as of the registered veterinary para-professionals].
  5. For registered research animal facilities, a registered veterinarian must take responsibility for the health and welfare of the animals at the facility on at least a weekly basis;
  6. Sufficient presence of registered veterinary and registered para-veterinary professionals, to supervise the work of all authorised persons adequately, in their role as the SAVC-appointed supervisors in the SAVC-defined conditions of authorisation, with consideration that registered professionals may only supervise procedures and functions that fall within the SAVC-defined Scope of Practice of the registered professional;
  7. Scheduled medicine prescription and -control by a registered veterinarian;
  8. Minimum training in animal ethics, the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, and animal welfare for SAVC-authorised persons as recommended by SANS 10386 (South African National Standard for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, SANS 10386: 1st ed. 2008 or latest version);
  9. A registered veterinary professional performs the formal assessment and confirmation of competence in veterinary and para-veterinary procedures, functions and services, for the purpose of applying for Section 23[1][c] authorisation;
  10. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) – evaluated and approved by the SAVC – for the monitoring of animal health and welfare in the institution, including all relevant activities of authorised persons, as well as of registered veterinary and para-veterinary professionals. The SOP must be approved by the registered veterinarian who acts as the principal of the registered facilities and takes responsibility for minimum standards;
  11. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) – evaluated and approved by the SAVC – for the system of oversight used to ensure the maintained competence of authorised persons in veterinary and para-veterinary procedures, functions or services, so that good veterinary practice standards are maintained, and the minimum fear, pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm is caused to animals. The system should include consideration of the level of super¬vision (i.e. direct and continuous; indirect; or by direction) until initial com¬pe¬tence is attained and then deepened and maintained; and increased levels of supervision following prolonged periods of not performing a procedure. Depending on the scope and scale of authorisation, the SOP may include the oversight of the competence of authorised persons by a combination of (1) the SAVC-appointed supervisors; (2) experienced and confirmed-competent persons who are specified by and report to the SAVC-appointed supervisors; and (3) independent competent auditors who are registered with the SAVC. The level of supervision, frequency of competence assessments, independence of oversight and record-keeping are critical elements [Refer supervision agreement]. The SOP must be approved by the relevant SAVC-appointed supervisor(s), as well as by the registered veterinarian who acts as the principal of the registered facilities and takes responsibility for minimum standards;
  12. A system to formally reconfirm the competence of authorised persons in authorised procedures, services and functions, by the SAVC-appointed supervisor(s), at least every five [5] years (for Categories A, B & E), at least every three [3] years (for Categories C and F); and at frequencies specified by the SAVC depending on the severity of the specific procedure but at least every five [5] years (for Category D);
  13. An Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) that is registered with the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) approves all protocols, projects, studies, animal care and use procedures, as well as SOPs for animal care and use; the AEC has effective oversight of the entire animal care and use programme in the institution; the composition and operation of the AEC complies with The South African National Standard for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (SANS 10386: 1st ed. 2008 or latest version) and Ethics in Health Research: Principles, Processes and Structures (National Department of Health; 2nd ed. 2015 or latest version); there is representation on the AEC of independent Animal Welfare Organisations as required by SANS 10386, who are knowledgeable on animal welfare, care and use for scientific purposes of applicable animal species; as well as a registered veterinarian who attends all AEC meetings and is knowledgeable on the health, welfare, care and clinical procedures of all applicable animal species. While it is recognised that not all AECs may be legally obligated to register with the NHREC, this statutory body represents the only formal South African quality-assurance system for the operation of AECs. Since voluntary registration with the NHREC is possible for AECs that meet the registration requirements, any AEC may use this mechanism to demonstrate that the required quality standards are being met, since the requirements for best practice, ethical standards and principles are independent of which species are used or the exact nature of the scientific animal use;
  14. The governance and management of the AEC adheres to good governance principles, including independence of reporting lines; appropriate management of potential conflicts of interest; confidentiality; adherence to its terms of reference; appropriate authority within the institution to ensure assured adherence to AEC policies and decisions; and adequate resourcing to enable the AEC to fulfil its mandate as per the SANS 10386;
  15. Appropriate oversight of animal welfare, including inspections of all animal care and use facilities and areas by independent Animal Welfare Organisations, conducted at regular intervals as recommended by SANS 10386 (but at least once per year), with identified deficiencies addressed adequately and timeously; as well as at least once daily welfare monitoring of animals by SAVC-registered or SAVC-authorised persons, with increased monitoring frequencies as required by AECs depending on expected or known severity;
  16. AEC performs regular onsite inspection of the execution of protocols and procedures, i.e. active post-approval monitoring (PAM), in order to ensure compliance with the approved AEC protocol and related conditions, including personnel competence and animal welfare;
  17. AEC inspects all animal care and use areas as recommended by SANS 10386 (but at least annually);
  18. For distant study sites, in terms of the above-mentioned (xv - xvii) oversight requirements, where it may be difficult to meet requirements, other mechanisms of AEC oversight should be in place, e.g. regular self-evaluation reports from investigators; audio-visual recordings of animal care and procedures; inspection of higher-risk studies by independent auditors; etc., depending on the level of known, expected or potential harms to the animals;
  19. The competence of authorised persons in authorised procedures, functions and services, may be assessed by SAVC-appointed independent auditors, as determined by the SAVC;
  20. A system to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation (as amended), regulations made thereunder, and national standards, including:
  • Animal Diseases Act [Act No 35 of 1982]
  • Animal Health Act [Act No 7 of 2002]
  • Animal Identification Act [Act No 6 of 2002]
  • Animal Improvement Act [Act No 62 of 1998]
  • Animal Matters Amendment Act [Act No 42 of 1993]
  • Animals Protection Act [Act No 71 of 1962]
  • Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act [Act No 36 of 1947]
  • Genetically Modified Organisms Act [Act No 15 of 1997]
  • Hazardous Substances Act [Act No 15 of 1973]
  • Meat Safety Act [Act No 40 of 2000]
  • Medicines and Related Substances Control Act [Act No 101 of 1965]
  • National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act [Act No 10 of 2004]
  • National Health Act [Act No 61 of 2003]
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act [Act No 85 of 1993]
  • Performing Animals Protection Act [Act No 24 of 1935]
  • Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act [Act No 169 of 1993]
  • Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act [Act No 19 of 1982]
  • Any other relevant legislation, Nature Conservation ordinances and bylaws
  • SANS 10386 (The South African National Standard for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, SANS 10386: 1st ed. 2008 or latest version)

5. Authorisation fees:

Reduced authorisation fees (initial and maintenance fees) will apply to persons who are authorised for Categories A to E procedures; full authorisation fees (initial and maintenance fees) will apply to persons who are authorised for Category F functions.

6. Institutional Accreditation application:

An application made to the SAVC for the accreditation of an institution, organisation or entity as an SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institution. Once accreditation is granted, (re-)application for renewal of accreditation only needs to be applied for every three years.

7. Categories: Describes the groupings of veterinary and para-veterinary procedures, functions or services, for which authorisation for scientific purposes may be applied for, as follows:

  1. Category A: Minor, minimally invasive, or killing procedures, that do not involve sedation, analgesia or general anaesthesia;
  2. Category B: Minor or minimally invasive proce¬dures involving sedation, analgesia or brief (< 15 minutes duration) general anaes¬the¬sia, with no residual pain on recovery; or surgical proce¬dures conducted under brief non-recovery general anaesthesia;
  3. Category C: Surgical procedures involving general anaesthesia; the administration and maintenance of balanced or more prolonged (≥ 15 minutes duration) general anaesthesia; or use of neuromuscular blocking agents;
  4. Category D: Other procedures or techniques that do not fall into any of the other Categories [Note: This Category should only be used in exceptional cases];
  5. Category E: Health practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) who perform Category A to C procedures, in cases where the procedures on humans are included in the health practitioner’s Scope of Practice;
  6. Category F: Persons who perform, on a professional or employment level, inter alia some of the services, functions or procedures of veterinarians, laboratory animal technologists or other para-veterinary professionals.

8. Employee:

A person who is employed (whether in permanent employment, on contract, or on ad hoc basis), to inter alia render services, functions or procedures that include veterinary or para-veterinary services, procedures or functions. Authorisation is considered for duration of employment, limited to animal care and use for scientific purposes.

9. Inspector:

A trained, SAVC-registered veterinarian or veterinary para-professional who is up to date with all relevant legislation and standards, including legislation pertaining to animal welfare and the requirements for Accredited Animal Research Institutions; appointed by the SAVC.

10 Long-term scientist:

A qualified scientist who is involved in animal use for scientific purposes for a period longer than three years, and whose involvement includes performing veterinary or para-veterinary services, functions or procedures. Authorisation is considered for the duration of projects or teaching activities, whether on contract or in employment of the SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institution, with authorisation being limited to animal care and use for scientific purposes.

11. Post-graduate student:

A student enrolled for a post-graduate qualification for which the completion of a scientific project or study is a requirement, and whose involvement includes performing veterinary or para-veterinary procedures or functions. Authorisation is considered for the duration of the scientific project, limited to animal care and use for scientific purposes.  

12. Registered veterinary or para-veterinary professional:

A person who is registered with the SAVC in terms of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act (No 19 of 1982).

13. Scientific purposes:

Pertains to all live non-human animals (including their fertilised eggs, fetuses and embryos), incorporating domesticated, purpose-bred, agricultural or farm animals as well as wildlife, that are used for research, testing, education or validation; including activities performed for any of the following purposes: the advancement of knowledge; to test a hypothesis; to supply a product or produce a biological substance; to provide organs, tissues, cells, gametes, blood or serum; to act as a host; to impart or demonstrate existing knowledge; to test or collect data on any substance or product, including to comply with statutory requirements; clinical trials; safety or efficacy testing of vaccines, medicines, medical devices or other substances; to validate facts or existing knowledge; to learn surgical or other procedures or techniques on animals; to observe or study animals; to make audio and/or visual recordings of any of the above; including creative work, expansion on previous work, procedures or experiments as part of research, past, current or future projects and maintenance of projects.

14. Supervision agreement:

Signing of a supervision agreement between the SAVC-appointed supervisor (registered veterinary or para-veterinary professional), the authorised person, and the responsible head of the institution (i.e. employer), at the time of the submission of the authorisation application, confirming that all parties will adhere to the SAVC-defined conditions of the authorisation, should it be granted. The agreement includes the requirement for regular submission of satisfactory status reports [including any changes to the conditions of authorisation and the end of projects] to the SAVC for all authorised persons, confirming their sustained competence, and the conditions of authorisation will specify the intervals at which the reports would have to be submitted as well as the detail required in such reports. SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institutions have to submit status reports to the SAVC once per year in batch form; while Institutions that are not SAVC-Accredited have to submit reports twice per year on an individual basis, i.e. a separate report for each authorised person.


C.    Authorisation Application – Required Information Per Category (for SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institutions)

Note: In cases where authorisation applications are submitted for institutions that are not SAVC-Accredited Animal Research Institutions, authorisation applications have to be administratively much more comprehensive, i.e. in addition to the information required below, such applications additionally need to demonstrate how appropriate standards will be maintained, outside of an SAVC-accredited environment, i.e. by addressing all of the requirements as for definition 3, above, with appropriate supporting evidence for each applicant.

1.    Category A

  1. Applications processed eight (8) times per year (electronic and scheduled meetings).
  2. Twenty (20) working days for approval from submission deadline to response.
  3. Confirmation of status of person (scientist/employee/student).
  4. Positive identification and payment of authorisation fee.
  5. Confirmation by registered veterinarian of the list of procedures for which the applicant is confirmed competent, per animal species.
  6. Supervision by registered veterinary / para-veterinary professional within their Scope of Practice.
  7. Curriculum vitae (qualifications, education and training in animal science / animal ethics, animal experience).
  8. Description of level and frequency of supervision as required to ensure authorised persons remain competent to per¬form procedures to cause the minimum fear, pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm, with super¬vision as needed until such com¬pe¬tence is attained and maintained (if not already adequately covered by the relevant SOP that is submitted as part of the Institutional Accreditation application).
  9. Signed SAVC supervision agreement.

2.    Category B

  1. Applications processed eight (8) times per year (electronic and scheduled meetings).
  2. Twenty (20) working days for approval from submission deadline to response.
  3. Confirmation of status of person (scientist/employee/student).
  4. Positive identification and payment of authorisation fee.
  5. Confirmation by registered veterinarian of the list of procedures for which the applicant is confirmed competent, per animal species.
  6. Supervision by registered veterinary / para-veterinary professional within their Scope of Practice.
  7. Curriculum vitae (qualifications, education and training in animal science / animal ethics, animal experience).
  8. Description of level and frequency of supervision as required to ensure authorised persons remain competent to per¬form procedures to cause the minimum fear, pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm, with super¬vision as needed until such com¬pe¬tence is attained and maintained (if not already adequately covered by the relevant SOP that is submitted as part of the Institutional Accreditation application).
  9. Signed SAVC supervision agreement.

3.    Category C

  1. Applications processed four (4) times per year (at scheduled meeting dates).
  2. Forty (40) working days for approval from submission deadline to response.
  3. Confirmation by registered veterinarian of the list of procedures for which the applicant is confirmed competent, per animal species, with detailed veterinary description of procedures.
  4. Confirmation of status of person (scientist/employee/student).
  5. Positive identification and payment of authorisation fee.
  6. Curriculum vitae (qualifications, education and training in animal science / animal ethics, animal experience).
  7. Supervision by registered veterinary professional only.
  8. Description of level and frequency of supervision as required to ensure authorised persons remain competent to per¬form procedures to cause the minimum fear, pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm, with supervision as needed until such competence is attained and maintained (if not already adequately covered by the relevant SOP that is submitted as part of the Institutional Accreditation application).
  9. Signed SAVC supervision agreement.

4.    Category D

  1. Applications processed four (4) times per year (at scheduled meeting dates).
  2. Forty (40) working days for approval from submission deadline to response.
  3. Confirmation by registered veterinarian of the list of procedures for which the applicant is confirmed competent, per animal species, with detailed veterinary description of procedures.
  4. Confirmation of status of person (scientist/employee/student).
  5. Positive identification and payment of authorisation fee.
  6. Curriculum vitae (qualifications, education and training in animal science / animal ethics, animal experience).
  7. Supervision by registered veterinary / para-veterinary professional within their Scope of Practice.
  8. Description of level and frequency of supervision as required to ensure authorised persons remain competent to per¬form procedures to cause the minimum fear, pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm, with supervision as needed until such competence is attained and maintained (if not already adequately covered by the relevant SOP that is submitted as part of the Institutional Accreditation application).
  9. Signed SAVC supervision agreement.

5.    Category E

  1. Applications processed eight (8) times per year (electronic and scheduled meetings).
  2. Twenty (20) working days for approval from submission deadline to response.
  3. Confirmation by registered veterinarian of the list of procedures for which the applicant is confirmed competent, per animal species; with detailed veterinary description of procedures (for Category C procedures).
  4. Confirmation of status of person (scientist/employee/student).
  5. Positive identification and payment of authorisation fee.
  6. Curriculum vitae (qualifications, education and training in animal science / animal ethics, animal and human experience).
  7. Supervision by registered veterinary / para-veterinary professional within their Scope of Practice.
  8. Note: For Category E, competence assessment and confirmation, as well as veterinary supervision, relates only to veterinary aspects, including veterinary-related or species-specific anatomy, physiology, biology, ethology, husbandry, handling, restraint, clinical examination, health and welfare monitoring, pharmacology, peri-surgical management, anaesthesia-related complications, maintenance of good veterinary practice, etc.
  9. Description of level and frequency of supervision as required to ensure authorised persons remain competent to perform procedures to cause the minimum fear, pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm, with super¬vision as needed until such competence is attained and maintained (if not already adequately covered by the relevant SOP that is submitted as part of the Institutional Accreditation application).
  10. Signed SAVC supervision agreement.

6.    Category F

  1. Applications processed four (4) times per year (at scheduled meeting dates).
  2. Forty (40) working days for approval from submission deadline to response.
  3. Confirmation by registered veterinarian of the list of procedures, functions and services for which the applicant is confirmed competent, per animal species.
  4. Motivation for employment or professional service and proof why a registered veterinary or para-veterinary professional could not be employed, including advertisement and list of applicants for position with qualifications and SAVC registration status.
  5. Positive identification and payment of authorisation fee.
  6. Curriculum vitae (qualifications, education and training in animal science / animal ethics, animal experience).
  7. Supervision by registered veterinary / para-veterinary professional within their Scope of Practice.
  8. Description of level and frequency of supervision as required to ensure authorised persons remain competent to perform procedures to cause the minimum fear, pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm, with super¬vision as needed until such competence is attained and maintained (if not already adequately covered by the relevant SOP that is submitted as part of the Institutional Accreditation application).
  9. Signed SAVC supervision agreement.
  10. May be required by the SAVC to complete training and examination for registration with the SAVC; or other specified education or training for purposes of authorisation.

 

GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORISED PERSONS INVOLVED IN MULTILATERAL INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN TERMS OF 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


The Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, Act 19 of 1982, provides for the authorisation of unregistered persons to render the procedures, functions or services pertaining to the profession of a veterinarian or para-veterinary professional, subject to such conditions as the South African Veterinary Council [SAVC] may determine from time to time and in each individual case.

Authorisation, in terms of section 23[1][c] of Act 19 of 1982, may be granted on application where a need for such authorisation is appropriately motivated and in addition that authorisation granted to a person under a specific employer and supervising veterinarian.

In cases where a person, who is not registered with the SAVC, is authorised by the SAVC to perform veterinary or para-veterinary procedures/functions/services at one institution or organisation (i.e. institution/organisation A), additionally wishes to perform veterinary or para veterinary procedures/functions/services at another institution(s) or organisation(s) (i.e. institution/organisation B, C, etc.), the following principles would apply:

  1. The Animal Welfare Organisation and/or Research Animal Facilities involved should be registered with the SAVC as veterinary facilities, where veterinary or para-veterinary procedures are performed, and in compliance with the Regulations made under the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act (19 of 1982);
  2. AEC approval is required from all institutions/organisation involved, as per the SANS 10386 and NHREC requirements [applicable to researchers];
  3. When performing veterinary or para-veterinary procedures at multiple institutions and/or multiple organisations, the SAVC-authorised persons must have an SAVC registered supervisor at each institution and/or organisation where those procedures are carried out, as the delegation of responsibility is not accommodated under the SAVC supervision agreement for authorised persons. An SAVC supervision agreement will be required, for each authorised person, at each institution and/or organisation;
  4. Where registered veterinary or para-veterinary professionals are requested to supervise authorised person from another institution/organisation, in procedures performed at their institution/organisation, the registered professionals may confirm competence or accept the confirmation of competence from the existing SAVC registered supervisor, at their professional discretion and they must sign a new supervision agreement for that institution/organisation. Should that SAVC registered professional not agree to accept supervisory responsibility, then the authorised person may not perform veterinary or para-veterinary procedures at that institution/organisation;
  5. The control of medicines and scheduled substances (medicines) is especially important for highly scheduled medicines (i.e. Schedules 5, 6 and above). The responsible veterinarian at each institution/organisation should take responsibility for scheduled medicines (including access, storage and scheduled substance registers) at their respective facility/premises where the authorised persons carry-out procedures. Access to medicines should be restricted to appropriate persons. Control of scheduled substances would be significantly simpler to manage, and it is encouraged that medicines are not transported between institutions/organisations; and
  6. The principal veterinarian in whose name the veterinary facility (i.e. Research Animal Facility/ Animal Welfare Organisation) is registered with the SAVC, remains responsible for the maintenance of minimum standards as per the Regulations.

 

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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